Every great chef’s journey starts somewhere and often it is at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA.) But now these up and coming chefs will be cooking in fancier kitchens. Hestan, maker of commercial kitchen equipment has teamed up with the CIA and will be providing equipment, products and services to facilities on CIA campuses.
This philanthropic partnership will bring new teaching kitchens, restaurant kitchen lines, theaters and conference facilities to the CIA students.
“We are very excited about Hestan’s philanthropic support of The Culinary Institute of America and even more enthusiastic about the collaborative nature of our relationship,” said Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA in a press release. “The CIA and Hestan have very compatible values, as both organizations are committed to constantly improving and innovating.”
Since entering the game in February 2015, Hestan has gained traction quickly in the market. The National Restaurant Association selected the company as the 2016 Kitchen Innovations award recipient for its CircuFlame sealed burner. “Tangible chef input drives every decision we make. Their desire for a more efficient and functional sealed burner was the catalyst for the CircuFlame’s creation,” said Dick Zirges, vice president of territory sales and service for Hestan Commercial in a press release about the award.
Hestan on the Move
Hestan may be new to the industry, but their equipment is designed with input from the world’s top chefs and renowned kitchen designers.
With only being around for a year and a half, the company has aligned itself with industry leaders. The partnership with CIA is not only philanthropic, but also strategic. By providing soon-to-be CIA chefs innovative equipment to cut their teeth with, they can get hooked on Hestan products. Not to mention, the CIA is an influential organization in foodservice.
“This partnership is a signature moment for our company given the CIA’s universal influence on the development of the foodservice and hospitality industries,” said Eric Deng, president of Hestan Commercial in a press release. “So much of what makes us unique from a concept and design standpoint hinges on direct input from renowned chefs who attended CIA. Supporting the college’s mission to provide the world’s best professional culinary education is a perfect way for us to show our gratitude.”
The CIA has been an industry staple since 1946 and has campuses in New York, California, Texas and Singapore. The culinary college has a network of over 49,000 alumni in the foodservice and hospitality industry. But, the education from the institute doesn’t stop on the campus. The CIA is constantly developing initiatives around the areas of sustainability, health and wellness and professional excellence and innovation.