Grant Achatz, chef/owner of Alinea in Chicago and the Culinary Institute of America's 2009 Alumnus of the Year, tells all in a 13-minute podcast, the newest installment in the CIA's "Insight from the Inside" podcast series of discussions with CIA graduates.

(l to r) Grant Achatz with CIA president Tim Ryan at the 2009 Augie Awards

Achatz graduated from the CIA in 1994, and trained under Charlie Trotter in Chicago and Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., before setting out on his own. In the podcast, he talks about his pre-teen start at his parents' Michigan restaurant, enrolling at the CIA and launching Alinea, which has since been named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine.

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Share Our Strength's Sixth Annual Great American Bake Sale is under way, and Share Our Strength is calling on restaurant and bakery operators to participate in this national effort to help end childhood hunger.

The Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, runs until July 31. Restaurant and bakery operators can either donate a percentage of dessert sales during the campaign or host a bake sale at their restaurant or bakery. Funds received from donations and bake sales are granted to organizations in communities across the United States that provide low-income children with nutritious meals.

Those interested in participating can download the registration form here.