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Herbert Ernest: Keeper of the Flame
Herbert Ernest, in the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici.
Just the mention of The Culinary Institute of America sparks Life Fellow Herbert Ernest's enthusiasm. "Going up to Hyde Park is always electric," he said. "It turns you on." A devoted supporter of the college, Mr. Ernest's passion for the culinary arts and desire to honor his father's legacy inspired him to make a planned gift and become a charter member of the CIA's Society of the Millennium.
His father, Semy Ernest, apprenticed with Auguste Escoffier before going on to lead prestigious hotel kitchens from The Addison in Detroit to The Plaza in New York City. "Before the second World War, my father always lamented that it was very difficult to interest young Americans in learning culinary skills," said Mr. Ernest."That's why he became so involved with the CIA." Following the elder Ernest's passing in 1985, Herbert Ernest took his place as Life Fellow of the college and donated his father's extensive menu collection to the library, perpetuating the family commitment to culinary education.No stranger to the kitchen himself, Herbert Ernest is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School and was commanding officer of a quartermaster bakery company in the Army, where he and his men baked millions of pounds of bread during the North African and Italian campaigns in World War II. After the war, Ret. Lt. Col. Ernest married his beloved wife, Irene ("Buffy"), raised three children, had a successful 35-year career in the insurance industry-and never forgot his roots."To this day, being able to continue my father's traditions by supporting the CIA is my proudest activity.
"The Society of the Millennium honors philanthropic commitment to the CIA through planned giving, ensuring the college's continued growth and vitality. To learn more, please contact Hersey Egginton at 845-451-1299.
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