Scholarship Spotlight: Angel Torres

 

The recipient of the 2014 Chelsea Market Sunday Supper Scholarship, Angel Torres has just begun his freshman year at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where he plans to pursue a degree in baking and pastry arts. Inspired by years of traditional Mexican baking in his grandfather’s home and business, Angel hopes to continue the family love of pastry by one day becoming a chocolatier.

 

“My whole life I’ve always been fascinated by all the different ways chocolate can be made and manipulated. I also want to learn how to make sugar decorations and sculptures. So far my plans after college are to travel Europe for a few years, and potentially work in countries that specialize in chocolate for a year or two each. The Chelsea Market Sunday Supper Scholarship is a life-changer, and allows me to attend my dream school.”

 

Angel’s grandfather passed... Read more >

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Scholarship Spotlight: Matthew F. Johnson

James Beard Foundation Scholarship Spotlight: Matthew F. Johnson

 

The recipient of the 2013 Elkes Family Scholarship, Matthew F. Johnson is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where he has spent his freshman year studying Culinary Fundamentals, Meat Fabrication, and Modern Banquet Cookery, among other subjects. Hailing from "meat-and-potatoes land," Matthew has discovered a passion for seafood, and he is about to embark on an externship in Seattle. (He also confesses that fish has taken up the bulk of his meal plan on campus.)

 

"The sense of security this scholarship has given me has allowed me to focus on my education, and it gives me confidence to keep pursuing my interests in this challenging field," Matthew told us in an email. "It’s also a cool thing to say that the James Beard Foundation has my back!"

 

As you can see in the below video, Matthew is also a budding motivational speaker.... Read more >

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Field Trip: Going for the Gold at Bocuse d'Or USA

Bocuse d'Or Even with the Winter Olympics on the horizon, it’s hard to imagine a display of patriotic pride—or foodie frenzy—greater than what we saw in the Bocuse d’Or USA bleachers at the Culinary Institute of America this weekend. Scores of boisterous culinary students and gastro fans gathered to support the 12 chefs competing for the chance to represent America at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon in January 2011. Each chef, assisted by a commis, faced the same challenge: prepare a salmon dish and a lamb dish for an intimidating all-star lineup of judges that included Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Grant Achatz. It made Iron Chef look like a school talent contest.

StudentsMacKenzie Arrington (CIA, Bachelor’s, 2009) and Vinny Dyevoich (CIA,... Read more >

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On the Menu: JBF at the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals

Bocuse d'Or While most folks are counting down the days until the Vancouver Olympics, we're fired up for one of the most spectacular events in the wide world of food: the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals at the Culinary Institute of America. It all kicks off this morning with demonstrations, book signings, and panels on the school's Hyde Park campus. The official competition, where twelve finalists will cook and painstakingly plate several dishes for a chance to represent America at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or world competition in Lyon, starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday. JBF president Susan Ungaro will host demos by JBF Award winners Eric Ziebold and Charlie Trotter, and will also emcee tomorrow's main event. "I really think that this year's finalists represent the best of America's chefs," Ungaro says. "I'm very excited that JBF

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