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Food photography and food styling are coming to the CIA's classrooms in 2018 and The New York Times has taken notice. The launching of the classes was announced in an article in the Times about the importance of photo-friendly food in today’s restaurant business, titled "Lights! Camera! Culinary School Will Teach Instagram Skills."

"High-quality images are as essential to a chef's success these days as knife skills," wrote Karen Stabiner in the article that appeared online and in print in October. "The people who teach those knife skills know it—which is why the venerable Culinary Institute of America will introduce two new elective courses in May…to help students develop sophisticated skills not only for the plate but also for the app."

CIA alumna and professional food stylist Kersti Bowser and staff photographer Phil Mansfield are developing the curriculum for the electives that are part of the Applied Food Studies program and will be open to juniors and seniors pursuing their bachelor's degrees at the college. In addition to Bowser and Mansfield, the article also quoted Dr. Denise Bauer, dean of the CIA's School of Liberal Arts and Food Studies, and Assistant Professor Jason Potanovich, executive chef of The Bocuse Restaurant on the New York campus.

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