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Updated on January 6, 2017
Chef Duff, star of Ace of Cakes on Food Network.
Chef Duff, star of Ace of Cakes on Food Network. | Source

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Chef Duff, the Ace of Cakes, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Dutchess County.

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1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538, USA

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Insurance, Financial Products, and Technology

Just a little to the northeast of Rockland County, Dutchess County is another small New York country that has also gained a berth on the list of Top 25 Best Small Cities for Jobs and Business in America - in the Number 7 slot, as of 2007-2008.

Among other records, Dutchess County produces the largest number of certified chefs in the world from the Culinary Insitute of America in Hyde Park.

Vigor in the Financial Products & Services and Insurance Industries contribute substantially to the growng economic health of Dutchess County and new business ventures for 2008 in the area include:

  • TD Banknorth's new branch office in Wappinger Falls with an opening in November 2008.
  • Somerset Tire Service Inc. also opened a new retail outlet in Wappinger Falls, Summer 2008.
  • Starbucks also opened a new cafe in Wappinger Falls in 08/2008.
  • IBM is investing $1.6+ billion in Dutchess County in expansion projects for electronic chip manufacture and additional R&D projects. Further, New York State is providing these expansions with $140 million. This is providing several 1000 jobs immediately, through 2011 and beyond.

These four businesses alone are adding thousands of jobs to the area.

A History of Money and Success

With a population of over 300,000, Dutchess County contains several cities, the names of which are familiar to many Americans for their US historical significance highlighted in various chronicles of the new nation from its colonial beginnings: Poughkeepsie ("reed-covered lodge by land of the little water" and now the Dutchess County seat), Clinton, Dover, Fishkill and East Fishkill, Hyde Park, La Grange, Milan, Pawling, Red Hook, Stanford, and Wappingers (named for the Native Americans that explorer Henry Hudson met after 1609 as he sailed down the Hudson River).

This county was named early on to honor Mary of Modena, who was the Duchess of York and later, England's Queen Mary and the second wife of King James II. In the Revolutionary War, the town of Fishkill hosted the military camp for General George Washington's soldiers and was capital of New York for a short time. Poughkeepsie was the state capital for a short while after 1788.

Later, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor used Dutchess County as an experiment for their New Deal projects and how they would work. They spent much time in Hyde Park.

Famous presidential race loser Thomas Dewey, from Pawling, ran against FDR in 1944, the only time two that two people from the same county ran against each other in the election. In addition, moneyed families like the wealthy Astors and Vanderbilts spent a lot of money and time in Dutchess County, even building vacation or resort homes, some of which are now tourist sites.

Business and Jobs

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Top 10 Hot Jobs in Dutchess Country To 2024

  1. Computer Engineers & Technicians and Computer Parts Mfg Techs
  2. Financial Products & Services and Insurance Account Executives and Managers
  3. Sales & Sales Related Occupations
  4. Auto Repair and Maintenance Technicians
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Teachers K-12, including Special Education & Vocational and College Level Instructors and Professors
  7. Management Positions in many industries
  8. Secretaries, including Executive, Legal, and Medical
  9. Home Health Aides and Personal Care Assistants
  10. Food Preparation and Service Jobs in all levels of establishments

Dutchess Higher Education

Colleges and Vocational Institutes

  • Bard College
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Marist College
  • Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute
  • Vassar College

Largest County Employers

  • IBM
  • CH Energy Group
  • Vassar Brothers Hospital
  • Vassar College
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Marist College
  • State of New York - Government
  • Texaco – Gas and Oil

Dutchess County Job Links

Tourism Businesses

Tourism, Accomodations, and Hospitality Jobs

Tourism and related industries, including Retail Sales and to some extent, Medical Tourism, contribute a substantial portion of income to the county economy.

Eco-friendly, "green" tourism and recreation consists of the following venues:

  • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - Tours, hikes, Friday Science Afternoon Seminars (open to the pubic), ecology summer camps for kids, and manymore green activities.
  • Over 50 Farmer's Markets - Locally grown goods throughout the county.
  • About two dozen Parks, including the 86-acre Edward R. Murrow Park in Pawling -
  • Seven large Formal Gardens open to the public.
  • Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary - Includes 6 miles of hiking trails.
  • Dutchess & Beyond Bicycle Club - In fact, there are several cycling clubs in the county.
  • Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center - Located ona 1,000+ acre working fram in Wappinger Falls.
  • Sports at Dutchess Stadium - Conservation conscious, recyclers. Home arena for the Hudson Valley Renegades minor league baseball (farm team for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). In Wappingers Falls.
  • River Cruises, Lake & River fishing, and sailing/water sports
  • Horseback Riding and Shooting Clubs
  • Wing's Castle - Going green! This is a Hudson River Valley stone castle built by artists Peter and Toni Wing. They used recycled building materials from antique buildings.

Overview: Hudson River Valley

Culinary Businesses

Culinary Institute of America

A number of the world's best and most recognized chefs have graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) , including many appearing on cable TV's Bravo Network and The Food Network.many of the instructors are winners in the Culinary Olympics held yearly in Germany.

Iron Chef America's Cat Cora, with her Greek and fusion type cuisine is one familiar name. The newest Iron Chef is also a CIA graduate - Michael Symon, from Cleveland. McDonald's even hires chefs from the CIA.

Cameron Micthell Restaurants? - Yes, he's from the CIA, as is Anthony Bourdain. Ace of Cake's Chef Duff is also a CIA graduate and owns Charm City Bakery. The Institute has produced top chefs for over 30 years from its HQ in Hyde Park to its Texas and California branches. Scholarships are available. The Institute offers many features, including a large library, a computer center, and a video center.

Ace of Cake's Geoff & His Acoustic Guitar

Interview with Chef Duff

McDonald's Director of Culinary Innovation


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for that information, edit. I read one of Bourdain's crime stories and don't know what to think about it; some good, some bad. The fact that he appreciates the people and cultures, includling cuisines, of other countries - particularly smaller, less powereful nations - is uplifting and I'd read more of that type of material.

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      8 years ago

      Just an edit, but Duff did not graduate from the Hyde Park campus, he has a baking and pastry certificate from Greystone, the California campus, not the degree from Hyde Park. Just noticed, (he did a lecture on campus and spoke about it at length), plus I'm not a fan myself, but I love all of Bourdain's books!, and I do support all of my fellow alumni, though Duff bugs me...a lot.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I could write pages on the CIA of Food alone -- This was fun and thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      9 years ago

      very good

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      9 years ago from greece


    • Netters profile image


      9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very Interesting. Thank you.


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