Steve Tiezzi, Martin Bros. Corporate Chef, Selected by CIA for Culinary Development Program

March 1, 2023

Steve Tiezzi, Martin Bros. Corporate Chef, Selected by CIA for Culinary Development Program

Steve Tiezzi, Martin Bros. Corporate Chef and Operations Consultant, was selected as one of 20 chefs to make up the Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program (CEIP) Class of 2024. CEIP is a collaboration between the Foodservice segment of Hormel Foods and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and is the only professional development program to offer advanced management training specifically designed for skilled chefs.

The program’s objective is to teach an elite group of professional chefs how to identify, practice and master the necessary skills for culinary leadership and innovation. Since the inception of the program more that 15 years ago, the educational modules have steadily evolved to reflect changes in the foodservice industry.

CEIP participants gather for three intense days every six months, setting aside their daily responsibilities as senior-level chefs and immersing themselves in lectures, hands-on kitchen work and one-to-one dialogue with fellow chefs and visiting guest lecturers. Consisting of three academic and experiential modules, CEIP covers a range of topics, including contemporary flavors and techniques; health and wellness; leadership and innovation; and menu R&D as a collaboration of culinary arts, consumer behavior, food science and management.

Participants will explore everything from the relationships among the five senses to principles of modernist cuisine. They’ll also tour a local farm and winery, create food focused on world flavor traditions to better understand its profit potential and explore novel approaches to developing new applications that help differentiate their operation.

“We want to help these chefs see the world a bit differently so they can bring a broader vision to their organizations and ultimately the industry at large,” said Annemarie Vaupel, Vice President of Foodservice Marketing at Hormel Foods.

The Class of 2024 will attend modules at three of the college’s locations: Napa, CA (Module 1), San Antonio, TX (Module 2) and Hyde Park, NY (Module 3). This will give the class the unique opportunity to experience the seasonal differences in the CIA’s programs across the country. Their 12-month journey of culinary excellence will begin April 3, 2023.

Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc. is a full-line, family-owned food service distributor serving Iowa and surrounding states with inspirational and innovative solutions. The company offers state-of-the-art distributing, nutritional tools, culinary advising, menu design and much more.

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