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Mexican Confections Authority Fany Gerson Speaks to CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NY – Fany Gerson, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and one of this country’s leading authorities on Mexican desserts, was the commencement speaker at her alma mater on March 2. Gerson is the chef and owner of two New York City-based confectionery businesses: La Newyorkina, which focuses on artisanal Mexican frozen treats and sweets; and Dough, a gourmet doughnut shop with flavors inspired by Latin American ingredients and culture.

Chef Gerson graduated from the CIA in 1998 and cooked in three-Michelin-star restaurants in both Spain and the United States, including New York’s Eleven Madison Park. After spending a year in her native Mexico researching and writing her first book, My Sweet Mexico, Gerson returned to the U.S. to launch her businesses.

La Newyorkina began in 2010 as a street cart selling paletas, which are traditional Mexican ice pops. After expanding to several carts and gaining popularity, she opened La Newyorkina as a brick-and-mortar in Manhattan’s West Village in 2016. Dough, which was also founded in 2010, now has locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan’s Flatiron District, and in food hall kiosks.

My Sweet Mexico was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in 2011 for Best Baking and Pastry Cookbook. Chef Gerson is also the author of Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Agua Frescas and Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Chef Gerson’s address to recipients of associate degrees in baking & pastry arts and culinary arts, can be seen online.

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Fany Gerson, chef/owner of La Newyorkina and Dough, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on March 2, 2018. The CIA graduate is also the author of three books, including the James Beard-nominated My Sweet Mexico. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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