Nicholas Doran

“My Grandfather inspired me to become a chef.”

Nicholas Doran is The IW&FS Expendable Scholarhip award winner for 2011.  After completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at New York City’s Hunter College, Bronx, Nicholas turned his attention to the culinary arts and entered The Culinary Institute of America’s Associate in Occupational Studies degree program in July, 2009.  Since then, he has excelled in his studies and maintained a 3.26 GPA. 

“The CIA has offered me many experiences that have had a substantial impact on me.”  The most influential of these was rotating through the CIA’s campus restaurants in Hyde Park, NY.  Nicholas said that being immersed in the varied cuisines and techniques enriched his classroom education and honed skills he developed on his externship.  He learned the importance of every little detail:  “Paying attention to the minutia is the key to success in this field.” 

“My Grandfather inspired me to become a chef.  He…too was a man of detail.  Trained in Rome before coming to America, my Grandfather was the chef and owner of the Full Moon in 1979.  When I was young, I would go into the kitchen and watch him work meticulously on every dish he prepared. Seeing the care and love he put into every meal is something I will always remember.” 

After graduation, Nicholas intends on following in his Grandfather’s footsteps.  “I plan to work and train as a chef in New York City restaurants.  Once I’ve gained sufficient knowledge and experience I’ll eventually run my own establishment. Receiving The International Wine & Food Society Expendable Scholarship has brought me closer to obtaining my dreams.  I know my Grandfather would be proud.” 

Best wishes to Nicholas!