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High School Students Learn About Careers in the Food World During Program at Ellis Tech

Hyde Park, NYThe Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY visited Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, CT on October 5 for “Teaching with the CIA” day. Retired CIA Baking and Pastry Arts Professor Paul Prosperi conducted a pastry-making demonstration and met with students from two schools to share insights about careers in the foodservice and hospitality world.

Through “Teaching with the CIA,” retired faculty ambassadors from the CIA travel throughout the United States to talk with high school students interested in a future in restaurants and many other food- and hospitality-related careers. Attending this event were 34 students from Ellis Tech and Windham Technical High School in Willimantic.

Chef Prosperi taught for 17 years at the college, and before that was a pâtissier in Paris and London, and pastry chef and manager at the Essex House in New York City.

While holding Q&A sessions with students about the countless and diverse professions within the food world, Chef Prosperi demonstrated how to make Chocolate Sabayon. He was joined by CIA graduate Tyler Trosclair ’15, who made Savory Garlic Ice Cream in a Griddled Cheese Cone.

Food and hospitality is one of the largest private-sector industries in the United States, and it continues to grow. Last year, 1,000 recruiters actively sought CIA students and graduates at the college’s career fairs and, according to the National Restaurant Association, foodservice employment in 2015 is outpacing the American economy as a whole for the 16th straight year.

“Teaching with the CIA” was hosted by CIA graduates David Grzych ’86, culinary arts department head at Ellis Tech, and Certified Executive Chef Barbarellen Olson ’82, department head at Windham Tech.

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Chef Paul Prosperi, a retired professor from The Culinary Institute of America, speaks with students at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, CT on October 5, 2015, as part of the school's “Teaching with the CIA” day. (Photo credit: CIA/Nicole Nickerson)
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