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CIA Graduate Turns Food Waste Into TV Show

Joel Gamoran ’08 Hosts Scraps on FYI

Hyde Park, NY – Don’t throw out those food scraps and don’t change the channel. Joel Gamoran, a 2008 alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America, is host and executive producer of a new cooking show on the FYI cable network. Scraps debuted on Sunday, May 21.

The series features Chef Gamoran traveling around the United States and working with chefs and restaurateurs to create pop-up dinners from rescued or leftover food. The third episode is based near the CIA’s New York campus in the Hudson Valley. The show is produced by Katie Couric Media for FYI.

“Food waste is such a huge problem in this country and more and more people want to do something about it,” Couric recently told Variety in announcing the new series. “I’m so excited for Chef Joel Gamoran to introduce viewers to wonderful places and delicious recipes using ingredients we never imagined could taste so good. Joel’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious.”

Gamoran is a graduate of the CIA’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) for people who have hospitality-related degrees from other colleges and are looking to advance their careers with an unparalleled hands-on culinary education from the CIA. In addition to his CIA studies, Gamoran holds a degree in restaurant management from the University of Connecticut.

“The beauty of cooking is there are thousands of ways you can take your education and I have always been one to create my own path,” says Chef Gamoran of his nontraditional food career. “The CIA has always supported that, which was key for my confidence.”

Last year, he worked with CIA students for Pepsico’s Game Day Grub Match competition, helping two CIA students win a trip to the Super Bowl. When not hosting a TV show, Gamoran is the national chef for Sur La Table.

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On the new FYI network series Scraps, CIA alumnus Joel Gamoran ’08 crosses the United States in an old van he’s turned into a mobile kitchen, making meals from rescued and leftover food. (Photo: Courtesy FYI)
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