Monday, June 4, 2012

Notable CIA Grads

We see their faces on TV, in the news, and behind big-name brands.
They have talent, personality, and drive... not to mention great success in our industry!

They are our CIA graduates.

Now of course, not everyone that graduates from the CIA becomes famous, but what they do become are Chefs that have the knowledge and tools to make a difference, no matter where they choose to work or operate.

Today I want to highlight some of our most successful graduates, so you can see what you might be able to accomplish with the backing of a CIA degree. These people made the right choice, and so can you!

Cat Cora

Cat was mentored by the notorious Jula Child, and graduated from the CIA's Hyde Park campus in 1995. She is the only female Iron Chef currently on the popular Food Network show, and also appeared as a co-host for Kitchen Impossible. She has held positions such as Executive Chef for Bon Appetit Magazine, is a UNICEF spokesperson, and currently hosts the Food Network Show Around the World in 80 Plates.

Grant Achatz

Grant graduated from the CIA's Hyde Park campus in 1994. After a series of impressive positions, including Sous Chef at The French Laundry, Grant went on to open his now famous Chicago restaurant, Allinea, in 2005. Known for his unique approach to cooking, Grant continuously wows guests and critics alike with his interesting food. He recently opened another Chicago restaurant, Next, where guests make reservations by purchasing tickets (which are highly sought after, and very expensive!).

Anthony Bourdain

Notorious tell-it-like-it-is writer and Chef, Anthony Bourdain graduated from the CIA's Hyde Park Campus in 1978, and has become one of the industry's most recognizable faces, mainly due to this popular Travel Channel TV show, No Reservations. He is the author of the New York Time's best seller, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, as well as chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. He continues to write, travel, and cook all around the world.

Duff Goldman

This Ace of Cakes graduate from CIA's Greystone campus in 1998, and has been whipping up sweet things ever since. After a stint at The French Laundry, Duff decided that cakes were the way to go. He ran a small business out of his apartment in Baltimore, and ultimately opened up his own business, known as Charm City Cakes (and the site of his popular Food Network show, Ace of Cakes). Although the show does not currently run, he is still baking up a storm in Baltimore!


The five graduates that I've mentioned are only a mere few compared to the thousands of chefs, pastry chefs, and front of the house employees that proudly display their Green and Gold pride. These people are the reason why our industry is so successful and diverse!

Who will be the next graduate to make it on top?

Stay hungry and curious,

Blayre :)

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