Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

National Chef of the Year is CIA Grad

The best chef in the United States, according to the American Culinary Federation, is a CIA graduate. Drew Garms, executive chef of The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, FL earned the title of USA Chef of the Year at the ACF National Convention & Show in July. Another alumnus, Michael Beriau, was honored by the nation's leading culinary association with the Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award.

Chef Garms became a finalist for the national Chef of the Year award after being honored as the Southeast Regional Chef of the Year earlier this year. He then won a cook-off against his fellow regional winners to earn the highest honor bestowed by ACF.

Chef Beriau, who recently retired after a 48-year culinary career, earned his award for commitment to the ACF and advancing the culinary profession. Prior to his retirement, Beriau was executive chef at White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA. His brother Wilfred Beriau, also a CIA graduate, won the same award in 2012.

Several other CIA graduates were recognized by the ACF for 2017. Peter Felton, Peter Salemno, and Stephen Afflixio received Cutting Edge Awards for their innovation and leadership; Felton, Kathleen Salemno, and Charlie Gipe received Presidential Medallions for contributions to the culinary profession; Gerard Molloy won the Chef Good Taste Award; and Roger Newell was the recipient of the Lawrence A. ContiChair's Achievement Award. Seven other alumni were inducted into the American Academy of Chefs—the ACF's honor society.

More than 1,100 chefs, cooks, students, and foodservice professionals attended this year's ACF National Convention & Show in Orlando, FL.


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