Hyde Park, NY, April 25, 2003 — Lori Daniel, chairwoman of Two Chefs on a Roll, Inc. in Torrance, CA, returned to her alma mater to deliver the commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) on Thursday, April 17, 2003.
"Be willing to ask. Reach out," Daniel advised the 82 recipients of associate degrees in culinary and baking & pastry arts. "Everyone is busy, but most people want to help. You never know what you may discover by just reaching out. Remember, it’s what you learn after you know everything that counts."
After her CIA graduation in 1979, Daniel worked at restaurants in California before opening a wholesale dessert business with her then-husband, fellow CIA graduate Eliot Swartz. The company evolved into one that now produces custom and private label products for chain restaurants, supermarkets, and other clients around the world.
Daniel reminded the graduates of the power of networking, advising them to help each other. "Nurture these associations, these friendships. Keep in touch. You will be amazed where these relationships might take you."
Having achieved success in research and development (R&D), she now shares her experiences in that segment of the foodservice industry with CIA students and graduates, while serving on the college’s Alumni and Marketing Committees. "It was time for me to give back. I had found R&D and I wanted to bring these career opportunities into focus for students."
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees in baking and pastry arts and culinary arts. A network of 35,000 alumni in foodservice and hospitality has helped the CIA earn its reputation as the world’s premier culinary college. Courses for foodservice professionals are offered at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, NY and at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, CA. Greystone also offers baking and pastry, advanced culinary arts, and wine certificate programs.
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