Chelsea Gayer

"I see myself becoming involved in the wine making industry."

Chelsea Geyer is the 2010 recipient of The IW&FS Expendable Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  She grew up in Mahopac, NY where she attended Mahopac High School and Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) for Culinary Arts and Advanced Pastry.  But it was her family kitchen and her mother that sparked her interest in the culinary arts.

"My mother is my biggest inspiration.  Being a fantastic home cook, she always had me in the kitchen as I was growing up.  She knew how much I loved to cook so she suggested that I attend BOCES in addition to high school."  Fascinated by the food service industry, Chelsea sought employment to learn more about the field.  “My first food service job was at a private golf club being a banquet server.  I realized how much hard work went into making a guest’s experience unforgettable.  It was an eye opening experience, but also made me realize that there was so much more I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted to attend The Culinary Institute of America."  

Chelsea has become a student leader and one of “the faces” of the CIA.  As a part-time employee of the CIA Hospitality Office, she spends up to ten hours a week leading campus tours for visitors and prospective students.  Chelsea carries her excellent interpersonal skills, vivacious attitude and appetite for knowledge into the kitchen. 

Chelsea completed her externship at The Sagamore Resort, in Bolton Landing, NY on Lake George and is returning this summer for another stint.  With a GPA of 3.3 and an Associate in Occupational Studies degree from the CIA, she has already solidified her future plans.  Her professional goals are first to complete her bachelor’s degree at the CIA.  At the end of the summer, she will return to Hyde Park and enter the Bachelor in Professional Studies program.  Upon completion of her four years at the CIA, she plans on continuing her education at Cornell University.  “Ultimately, I see myself becoming involved in the wine making industry.”

Best to Chelsea in Wine, Food & Friends!