The Culinary Institute of America Hosts Winning Student Team


Four students from West Adams Preparatory High School in Los Angeles won an all-expense-paid trip to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) campus in Hyde Park, NY on the television program Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The show, hosted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, airs on the ABC network.

On the season finale, which was taped earlier this spring and aired on June 24, the team from West Adams won a cooking competition against students from other Los Angeles high schools. Part of the prize was to spend a day at the CIA. In April, the students took a tour of the campus and its 41 kitchens and bakeshops and had a hands-on cooking class, where a CIA chef taught them how to make sausage. They also had lunch and dinner in two of the student-staffed fine dining restaurants at the college, where, according to their culinary instructor, Anna Redd, “The students tried foie gras and escargot and they actually liked it.”

The group followed up its visit to the CIA with a day of additional unique culinary experiences in New York City.

Students Diana Gamez, Anthony Goosby, Sophia Ruvalcaba, and Caleb Villanueva had never been to New York before this trip. After seeing the campus, visiting classes, and eating in the restaurants, most are interested in returning to the CIA to earn their bachelor’s or associate degrees after graduating from West Adams. In fact, Villanueva has received a scholarship to attend the CIA.

Posted By Kristin 7/1/2011

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