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CIA Instructor’s Cookbook Wins Prestigious Award

Mark Ainsworth
Mark Ainsworth Photo Credit: Contributed

HYDE PARK, N.Y. --  Mark Ainsworth's new cookbook for kids is receiving critical acclaim.

Ainsworth, a faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, won a cookbook award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his book, "The Yong Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook."

Ainsworth’s book features dozens of kid-friendly recipes using a wide range of cooking methods, along with techniques and hints for budding cooks to safely and enjoyably navigate the kitchen.

“The hope of The Young Chef was to write a serious kids’ and youth cookbook that was fun, enlightening, and delicious, using foods that kids know and like,” Chef Ainsworth says. “By focusing on cooking methods along with recipes, ingredients, equipment, and fun facts—as well as sections on ‘thinking like a chef’—the book aims to make cooking more approachable and understandable.”

Ainsworth has taught at CIA since 1993, currently teaching the Menu Development and Testing course. He graduated from CIA in 1986.

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