Smithfield Foods, Inc., is partnering with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) as the dedicated sponsors of Smithfield’s Fundamentals Teaching Kitchen. CIA’s Hyde Park, N.Y. campus is the home of this innovative teaching kitchen where first-year students spend hours upon hours learning techniques, applications and cooking theories that provide the foundation of their education.
Both organizations hosted an official naming ceremony of the kitchen last Thursday, beginning the next chapter in a relationship of more than six years, and a shared commitment to educating the future leaders of the food industry.
In a press release, Smithfield said they will expand their 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.”
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