Francesca Zani graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York with an Associates degree in Culinary Arts. While in school she spent her time attending cooking and academic classes while holding a leadership position. As the class group leader she acted as a liaison between the students and chef instructors. Francesca has worked in the food industry since her sophomore year of high school, for establishments such as an Italian bakery, off premise caterer, The Relais and Chateaux, Castle Hill Inn, Crave Restaurant, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Throughout her time at the Culinary she continues to work with food stylists helping with photo shoots. Her past volunteer work includes helping with the Food Network Food and Wine Festival, NYC and volunteering at the CIA Augie Awards  2017.

In her personal time, Francesca enjoys styling and photographing her food and baked goods. She inputs 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.” Francesca has also produced some published work for her schools newspaper La Papillote and the Digital Media club.

Future goals include obtaining a bachelors degree in Applied Food Studies. Francesca is very passionate about learning different cooking and plating techniques. She hopes to work under prestigious chefs and to one day, have a successful career in food media.

Awards/ Scholarships

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