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Alumni Spotlight: Madelyne Woeste – BT to CIA


Alumni Spotlight: Madelyne Woeste
Class of 2017
Program: Culinary Arts


When you hear of the CIA, you may automatically think of the Central Intelligence Agency, the first line of defense in the United States. However, in the culinary arts world, the CIA, Culinary Institute of America, train a different type of ninja!

Madelyne Woeste, originally from Colerain High School, graduated from the Butler Tech Culinary Arts program in 2017. She began her journey in career tech with the goal of getting an early start on her career path in the restaurant industry. Madelyne followed her dreams by attending the Culinary Institute of America, one of the best culinary schools in the world, located in Hyde Park, New York, and has since joined the faculty there as an assistant restaurant manager of one of the on-campus restaurants. She serves as the assistant to the chef instructor and works directly with the students.

“Butler Tech paved the way for me to push myself to apply to the CIA,” shared Madelyne, “After taking classes at Butler Tech, I felt as though I could handle the next level. Now, I aspire to be a chef instructor myself.”

Madelyne’s favorite experience at Butler Tech was running Café Lee, Butler Tech’s student-run restaurant.

“Being able to write the menu, plan out the prep, and execute the task day was an experience that I carried with me when I went to culinary school in New York,” said Madelyne.  “That was the first time I got to experience building something from an idea to a plate in the dining room. And it was one that I haven’t forgotten since.”

In addition to her hands-on experiences at Butler Tech, her involvement in FCCLA was essential in her steps toward success. Madelyne competed at the national level in both her junior and senior years of high school in the Interview category. She believes learning those vital interview skills helped her when interviewing for positions at the CIA.