Katherine Polenz '73

Katherine Polenz

KATHERINE POLENZ ‘73 is a professor of culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America. Katherine currently teaches cuisines of the Americas in the college’s degree programs. In her more than two decades at the CIA, she has developed curriculum for and taught various culinary arts courses to students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees. Katherine’s most recent endeavor is the development of curriculum for contemporary restaurant cooking, Pangea. Through the CIA’s Continuing Education Department, she has also taught cooking courses in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Brazil. She is the owner of The Pampered Palate, an off-premises catering operation specializing in nutritional food and special diet preparation. Katherine has served on the Board of Directors of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and as a member of the American Culinary Federation and the Mid-Hudson Culinary Association, for which she served for seven years as a vice president and committee chair. She has authored two books, Vegetarian Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America and Cooking for Special Diets. (Hyde Park, NY)