Cody Fitchett: Plating lessons at the CIA

Cody Fitchett

Hello everyone, I am still alive and doing well here at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

I am cruising through my second semester, just finished up Café Savory and am now in Principles of Design, which is fancy wording for art class.

This is a three-week class that shows you about different plating designs, different art forms and also many different mediums to work with in the bake shop.

It has been four weeks since I have actually “baked” anything. My next class — which will be starting in two weeks — is a cakes class, so I’ll be back in the bake shop soon enough. I am happy to announce I passed Café Savory with an A and continue to hold my GPA at a 3.5.

My second semester here at school is flying by so quickly, I only have three more classes before I head to Florida for five months to work in a five-star resort.

I am really excited to continue my weekly life here at the CIA. It is a privilege and an honor for so many people to read my column every week. Although my mailbox here at school has been pretty empty, I would love to read some letters, if you get the chance. My mailing address is CBN#70, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, New York 12538.

Well, it looks like its that time again, I have to rush out the door for my next meeting.

As always, have a great week and God bless.

Cody Fitchett, of Fort Valley, is a recent graduate of Triplett Tech in Shenandoah County. He is sharing his thoughts here each week as he attends the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Email him at