Smithfield Foods, Inc. has partnered with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to become the dedicated sponsor of Smithfield’s Fundamentals Teaching Kitchen at the college’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Representatives from both organizations hosted an official naming ceremony of the kitchen this morning, marking the next chapter in a relationship of more than six years, and a shared commitment to educating the future leaders of the food industry.
First-year CIA culinary students spend many quality hours in the Fundamentals Teaching Kitchen where they are introduced to primary cooking theories, techniques, and applications—the building blocks of their culinary journey. In addition to naming the kitchen, Smithfield will expand its support for the college’s mission, including educational and student activities programs, leadership conferences, and other initiatives.
“We believe it’s imperative for Smithfield to have an impact on the next generation of chefs not only to encourage culinary creativity, but also reinforce the importance of sustainability,” said Russ Dokken, executive vice president of foodservice for Smithfield Foods’ Packaged Meats Division. “We are honored to champion the journey and education of CIA students, and we look forward to seeing how they will implement their talents, inspire the culinary community, and shape new food trends once they graduate.”
As the recognized leader in culinary education for undergraduate and graduate students, foodservice and hospitality professionals, and food enthusiasts, the CIA is shaping the future of the food world. The college has been widely recognized for setting standards of excellence, innovation, and leadership within the industry for more than 70 years.
“The Culinary Institute of America is grateful for Smithfield’s support of our students’ education,” says CIA Vice President of Advancement Kevin Allan. “They share our core values of excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity, and we look forward to a strong and beneficial relationship.”
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