Mark Ainsworth is a professor in culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America and a 1986 graduate of the college. He holds dual certification from the CIA and the American Culinary Federation as a ProChef Level II/Certified Chef de Cuisine and is a Certified Hospitality Educator. A successful competitor, Chef Ainsworth was a member of the CIA faculty team that won the coveted Marc Sarrazin Cup at both the 1996 and 1997 Salon of Culinary Arts in New York. He also earned a silver medal at the International Dietetic Cooking Competition in Bad Wï¿½rishofen, Germany, and an honorable mention in the Nestle Chocolate Competition in White Plains, NY. In addition to his CIA degree, Chef Ainsworth holds a bachelor of arts in Media Communications from the University of South Carolina.