Current Students: Sharing their day-to-day lives at the CIA.
Hello everyone, my name is Cody Fitchett. I am a Baking & Pastry Arts major at The Culinary Institute of America. I am originally from Virginia, but moved to the beautiful Hudson Valley in February 2015 to complete my associate degree. I have been baking since I was eight years old. My oldest food memory is frying doughnuts with my grandma one summer day and from there my passion for food began. Since then I have came to love and appreciate food in so many different aspects, so check out my blogs as I tell you the must-have tips and secrets about being a student here.
Katie Fenton (known as Fen) grew
up in the small town of North Haven, Connecticut. Aside a devoted passion for
food, writing was what seemed an arbitrary dream to grasp. After graduating with
an associate degree in the Culinary Arts Program at the CIA, Katie believed
that there was a bigger place to fill in this ever-changing food world. A member
of the first graduating class in the Applied Food Studies Major, Fen discovered
a true calling in food writing–an adventure well worth setting on for. Fen is
also a writer for the school newspaper, La Papillote, a passionate blogger, and an
avid user of an antique typewriter in spare time. Fen hopes to cast a shadow of
inspiration upon readers craving to learn more about a life of food. Check out
Fen’s blog: accordingtofen.weebly.com
I have the opportunity to share my story while studying here at The Culinary
Institute of America. I am a Baking and Pastry student, and upon completing my associate degree, I plan on going for my Bachelor’s Degree in Management or CulinaryScience with a concentration in Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry. I am a
transfer student, and previously studied at a university in Berea, OH; but I
spent my life growing up in Brunswick, OH. Along with baking, I have many
other interests. I have played piano for fifteen years, saxophone for ten
years; competed in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball all from a
young age; and I love art, especially when I get to paint and sketch. I
currently work at the CIA as a facility assistant for the
Student Commons. I am also a tour guide, a volunteer for the welcome team,
participate in intramural sports, and now recently a blogger. A long-term goal
of mine is to own my own bakery/café, so I can share my love of food and
creativity with my customers. I am a very passionate person; I love to learn
and grow with every piece of knowledge I obtain, and from the stressful to
exciting moments in and out of the kitchen, I love every minute of what I do.
Alumni Bloggers: Sharing their journey into the real world.
Kristin is originally from New Jersey. She earned her associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and was part of the first Culinary Science class. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2014. Kristin also participated as a member of the Lady Steels Intercollegiate Volleyball Team, held a seat on the Dean’s Council, and was involved in other school sponsored activities. Before the CIA, Kristin attended another college until deciding to follow her passions and study food. She was always fascinated by math and science but looked for ways to combine them with her love of art and food. It was not until TV shows such as “Good Eats” with Alton Brown that she discovered how scientific food actually was.
Previous Bloggers, Now Proud CIA Grads!
Timothy graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts Management in early 2015. While growing up in the sun of Santa Clara, CA, he never wanted to be anything but a Chef. Making the decision to come to the CIA was only a matter of time.
The CIA likes to say that “Food is Life” and Timothy likes to think they’ve got it right on point. He hopes to use his time as a blogger to really convey that message, along with all the ups and down, good and bad of what it truly means to be a student at the CIA.
Morgan graduated from the Baking and Pastry Program at the CIA. She’s originally from Virginia, but most recently she’s lived in Harrisburg, PA. Attending culinary school was always her dream, but she took care of “plan b” first by getting a Business degree from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in 2012. She is passionate about fair trade ingredients, all things chocolate, and the art of cake decorating. To help save money for school she began a small wedding and specialty cake business out of her very generous parents’ kitchen. Check out her website here for more info!
To be focused in food media as much as Stephanie is, means to have been involved in every aspect available to her on campus. She has held such positions as Editor-in-Chief of the tri-weekly school newspaper, LaPapillote, worked in the publishing department, and continued her path with venture into student blogging.