Francesca Zani graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York with an Associates degree in Culinary Arts, Spring 2017 and will be obtaining her bachelor's degree this Spring. Currently, Francesca spends her time in food studies classes learning about sustainable food systems, anthropology of food and ecology. she will be studying abroad in Puglia, Italy from January to April 2018 with high hopes to find immense inspiration and knowledge of her own heritage. Outside of classes, Francesca assists James Beard-nominated cookbook author, Sarah Copeland of Edible Living. She is helping Sarah Curate her third cookbook, assisting with recipe Testing, photo shoots, and other organizational tasks. In the past Francesca has worked as a banquet server for Blue Hill at Stone Barns, line cook intern at the Castle Hill Inn and chef assistant for Lola's off Premise catered events and Crave Restaurant.
In her personal time, Francesca enjoys styling and photographing her food and baked goods. She publishes her work on “The Garnished Palate” an Instagram profile used as her food portfolio. She also maintains a food blog under the same name “The Garnished Palate.” She is currently creating and editing a food media focused digital magazine to inspire students about the field of Food media. The magazine will be published as a special edition project with the help of the CIA's Media Relations team this fall 2017. Francesca has also produced some published work for her school's newspaper La Papillote and the Digital Media club where she holds a position as vice president.
Francesca is very passionate about food print and video media and hopes to one day work with a Prestigious food publication or production company where she can learn a multitude of skills under professional chefs, Stylists, and producers.
Jones Dairy Farm Scholarship 2017
Tony May, James Beard Foundation Scholarship 2017
Les Dame D’Escoffier scholarship- 2016
Julia Child Foundation for writing scholarship- 2016
3-time recipient of the Cosimo Di Brizzi scholarship, Hudson Valley New York- 2015 and 2016
Dyson Center Foundation scholarship- 2016