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A history of The Culinary Institute of America: 1956-66

05 January, 2023
A history of The Culinary Institute of America: 1956-66.

These exciting developments in the US’s culinary culture rippled throughout the CIA in myriad ways. On the most basic level, enrolment swelled to theretofore unprecedented numbers, straining the capacity of the school’s physical facility. And, to expand its instructor ranks, the school drew on alumni of the country’s premiere restaurants, such as Clement Granger, former chef of the storied Manhattan French restaurant Le Pavillon, and former pastry chef of The Four Seasons, Albert Kumin.

In 1965, to seize and build on the moment, the Institute recruited Jacob ‘Jack’ Rosenthal, a seasoned food-industry professional who had most recently served as Vice President and Marketing Director for the national coffee company Chock Full O’Nuts, to succeed Director Roth as the first president of the CIA.

Among the first orders of business for Rosenthal and his colleagues, was to find a larger home for the school. In time, they settled on the grounds of the St. Andrew’s-on-Hudson Jesuit seminary, an 83-acre, turn-of-the-century property situated on a high bluff in Hyde Park, New York, 80 miles north of New York City in the magnificent Hudson River Valley.

The decision made a statement: Once relocated, the school itself would have graduated from a cluster of buildings to a full-fledged college campus with endless room for expansion.

“It was a statement of big ambition,” says current CIA President, Dr Tim Ryan. “There was a lot of canvas to fill in here. It took quite a few years. I remember standing on the steps of Roth Hall as a student and thinking, ‘This building is really cool. This could really be something one day.’”

In September 1972, after a renovation that required more than a year, the Institute began receiving students in its new home, and a new era in its history began in earnest.

A history of The Culinary Institute of America: 1946-56.

A history of The Culinary Institute of America: 1946-56

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