Thursday, July 8, 2010

CIA president discusses food, education trends in new CIA podcast

In the latest "Insight from the Inside" podcast from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), CIA president Dr. Tim Ryan discusses topics such as the advantages of a formal culinary education, leadership and food trends.

Dr. Ryan (pictured), who has been president of The CIA since 2001, was captain of the first U.S. team to win a Culinary World Cup and the team that won the World Championship at the 1988 Culinary Olympics. He also was the youngest person to become a Certified Master Chef and the youngest president of the American Culinary Federation. In the podcast, he discusses how the restaurant and hospitality field is more competitive, sophisticated and complex than it was when he joined the industry in 1977 upon graduating from the CIA. In this environment, education and leadership go hand-in-hand.

"Insight from the Inside" is a series of chats with graduates who have exciting jobs in the food world. Previous podcasts have featured CIA graduates Grant Achatz, John Besh, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Duff Goldman, Johnny Iuzzini, Sara Moulton, Charlie Palmer, Michael Symon and Michael Ruhlman. To hear the 22-minute interview with Dr. Ryan or receive future podcasts, visit