I just learned today that longtime Culinary Instutite of America Chef Instructor Wayne Almquist passed away friday. I was told that he was comfortable and passed away in his sleep at his home in Poughkeepsie, NY. Chef Almquist was a kind-hearted soul, with a quick wit. He cared deeply about the CIA, and made an indelible impression on the college and the many generations of students that he taught— myself included. I had the pleasure of being in his class back in 1991. He had a great sense of humor, an passion for teaching, a warm and generous heart while making learning fun.
In his 37-year career at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Almquist was a dedicated professor who became involved in many other programs, including the recruiting and orientation of new students. He appeared on the PBS TV series ‘Cooking Secrets of the CIA’. He won many awards, including the Escoffier Chair award in 1985. After his retirement in 2005, he continued his involvement with the school and became the school’s first Ombusdsman and CIA Ambassador.
It was a privilege and and honor to have learned from and known this man. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of his teaching.