Spotlight #3: Nikita at Cornell

You all must be wondering what I do at Cornell and how I manage to keep up with my interest in food while studying engineering. Well...let’s start with this. I’m an engineering student at Cornell’s College of Engineering, studying Computer Science with a minor in Business. I love taking engineering classes because it allows me to solve problems effectively and improve my analytical thinking skills. As I mentioned in last week’s spotlight, my passion for cooking allowed me to discover and become interested in computer science.

Along with my plethora of engineering classes, this semester I was fortunate to be enrolled in Food Service Management, Theory, and Practice in the Hotel School. This course is designed to teach students about fundamental food composition and properties, food products and preparation, food safety, and food production management. I had my first lab yesterday and let me tell you...I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Probably the best decision I have made so far this semester. Yesterday we learned about food evaluation including textures, mouth-feels, aromas, and taste, and’s gets better...we baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies. :D  It’s so cool to be able to find a way to integrate my interest in culinary studies with computer science at Cornell. Watch out for more articles in the future documenting my experiences and what I learn in Culinary! 


Nikita Gupta

Computer science girl at Cornell University. Passion for tech; Love to eat.