The Culinary Institute of America Talks with Rhode Island High School Students About Careers in the Food World

Chef Paul Prosperi

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Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY was at Cranston Area Career and Technical Center in Cranston, RI on Thursday, October 3 for "Teaching with the CIA" day. Through these special events, retired faculty from the college travel throughout the United States to talk with high school students interested in a future in restaurants and many other food and hospitality-related fields.

Chef Paul Prosperi met with students and shared insights about careers in the foodservice and hospitality world. Chef Prosperi also demonstrated how to make Tiramisu with Lady Fingers for 25 juniors and seniors in the school's culinary arts program. He was a pâtissier in Paris and London and pastry chef and manager at the Essex House in New York City before his 17 years of teaching at the CIA. Recent graduate Douglas Ostroskey '13 was in attendance and shared his experiences as a CIA student.

The food world is one of the largest private-sector industries in the United States, and it continues to grow. In 2012, almost 900 recruiters actively sought out CIA students and graduates at the college's career fairs, a 30 percent increase from the year before. And, according to the National Restaurant Association, foodservice employment is outpacing the American economy as a whole for 14th straight year in 2013.

"Teaching with the CIA" was hosted by Martha Sylvestre, lead culinary arts instructor at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center.

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Retired CIA Chef Paul Prosperi demonstrates how to make Tiramisu for students at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center in Rhode Island on October 3. (Photo credit: CIA/Nicole Nickerson)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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