• Faculty Spotlight: Chef Michael Zebrowski

  • Faculty Spotlight: Chef Michael Zebrowski

    Associate Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts

    Author Annie B. Milostan ’25 is a Baking and Pastry Arts major.

    At the Culinary Insitute of America, we are taught by some of the best chefs from all over the world and the nation. An amazing instructor I’ve had the pleasure of having is Chef Micheal Zebrowski, the co-author of The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book. I had the pleasure of interviewing him and asked him a few questions:

    Can you describe what it’s like to see a student grow from fundamentals to graduation?

    Watching students grow and progress through the program is a rewarding experience. I view our profession as a craft, discipline, and small but sweet service to humanity. To play a part in shaping young professionals in our craft makes me feel like I’m giving back and paying it forward to the next generation.

    How long have you been working at CIA?

    I have been teaching for 15 years now, seven of which have been here at CIA!

    What’s your favorite part about teaching at CIA?

    My favorite part of teaching at CIA is multifaceted. I love teaching and interacting with students. I also love learning from my colleagues, and the various continuing education opportunities we have here on campus.

    What advice would you give to a new student or someone who is considering attending CIA and/or career in food and beverage?

    My advice for anyone who is considering attending CIA or a career in F&B is to do a fair amount of research about the industry, and if possible, try to arrange to work and/or trail at a restaurant or some other aspect of the industry to gain a firsthand perspective of how it really is. Food TV shows are not an accurate portrayal of the real world.

    What’s your favorite bread to make and why?

    My favorite bread to make is brioche. I love the soft, buttery quality of brioche and the versatility it possesses—from rolls to hamburger buns, to bread pudding, and French toast. Brioche is the winner!

    I know my fellow classmates and I are extremely grateful to have mentors such as Chef Zebrowski, along with all our other chefs to help us along our journey at CIA!