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Chef Joe AmendolaThe faculty, staff, students, and trustees of The Culinary Institute of America mourn the passing of CIA ambassador and beloved former instructor Joseph Amendola.

Paul Prudhomme called him the “teacher that teaches the teachers.” Author Marion Cunningham paid tribute to him in The Fanny Farmer Baking Book. But to everyone who was ever fortunate enough to know him at the CIA, Joe Amendola was “Mr. A.”

An honorary alumnus of the CIA, Mr. Amendola was with the college since the very beginning, helping establish the newly founded New Haven Restaurant Institute (later The Culinary Institute of America) and becoming the school’s first baking instructor in 1948. In his 60-plus years with The Culinary, he was acting president, senior vice president, director of development, dean of students, faculty member, and­since 1989­senior ambassador. He was one of the true mainstays of the college over the past six decades, and was instrumental in the tremendous growth of the CIA as it moved from New Haven, CT to the present home of its main campus in Hyde Park, NY.

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