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Cornell Junior And Food & Finance High School Alum Chayil Hyland Is The Future Of Hospitality


If former Cherry Bombe intern Chayil Hyland has anything to do with it, the future of hospitality is going to be bright and diverse. A junior at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Chayil grew up in a Trinidadian-Guyanese family in Queens and fell in love with food while cooking with her mother and grandmother and watching “Chopped,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” and “Ratatouille.” She later attended Food and Finance, the culinary-focused public high school in Manhattan, and worked on several Food Education Fund-backed projects, including the student-run Pass The Spatula magazine. Chayil talks to host Abena Anim-Somuah about having to choose between Cornell and a full-ride at the Culinary Institute of America, her freshman year “jump scare,” the work she’s doing as director of impact and inclusion for Hotel Ezra Cornell (the school’s student-run hospitality conference happening this April), and why she never wants to tournée another potato. Don’t miss Chayil’s voicemail to her future self!

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