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  • CIA Alumni Profiles

    Our 46,000-strong network of alumni can testify to the exceptional value of a CIA education. With your CIA degree in hand, you don’t just have a foot in the door—you have thousands of feet in the door. The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. They fully embraced the idea that Food is Life. Now it’s your turn.

  • Executive Chef

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    Grant AchatzAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Chef/Owner of Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office
    Greg Vernick ’05
    Greg VernickAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Owner, Vernick Food & Drink
    Llewellyn Correia
    Llewellyn CorreiaAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Executive Chef—Wegman’s Food Markets
    Michael Ferraro ’02
    Michael FerraroAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Executive Chef
  • Food Entrepreneur

  • Carolina Gomez ’11
    Carolina GomezBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Owner, Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi
    Richard Blais, CIA Alumni
    Richard BlaisAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Founder of Trail Blais
    Roy Choi, CIA Alumni
    Roy ChoiAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go
    Wendy Stuart
    Wendy StuartAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Educator, Entrepreneur
  • Food and Beverage Manager

  • Anthony Arbeeny
    Anthony ArbeenyAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    General Manager, The Westin, Washington, D.C.
    Gower Lane
    Gower LaneAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Director of Operations, Kendal on Hudson
    Tasha Mabin, CIA Alumni
    Tasha MabinBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Assistant Manager, The Compass Group
    Viraj BorkarAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Manager, Knightsbrige Restaurant Group
  • Food Stylist

  • Kersti Bowser
    Kersti BowserAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Owner, Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
  • Food Writer

  • Anthony Bourdain, CIA Alumni
    Anthony BourdainAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Chef-at-Large Les Halles, Host No Reservations
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    Jamie PurvianceAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Food Writer
    Scott Jones
    Scott JonesAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    President, JONES IS HUNGRY
  • Research and Development Chef

  • Chad Shafer
    Chad SchaferBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Director of Culinary, Cargill
    Dan Coudreaut, CIA alumni
    Dan CoudreautAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Senior Director of Culinary Innovation at McDonald's, U.S.
    Dr. Christopher R. Loss '93Professor—Department of Culinary Science and Director—Menu Research and Development
    Tom GumpelAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Vice President for Bakery Development, Panera Bread
  • Sommelier

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    Amy RacineAccelerated Wine and Beverage Program (AWBP)
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    Carlton McCoyBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Master Sommelier, The Little Nell
    Eddie Ledesma
    Eddie LedesmaBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Vice President of Operations, RAVEN Wine Management Systems, LLC
    Gretchen Thomas ’05
    Gretchen ThomasBPS Culinary Arts Management
    Wine and Spirits Director, Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Caterer

  • Jaime Lepe
    Jaime LepeAccelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)
    Catering Manager, Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico
  • Baking and Pastry Chef

  • Duff Goldman, CIA graduate
    Duff GoldmanAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry
    Owner of Charm City Cakes, Host Sugar High
    Johnny Iuzzini, CIA Alumni
    Johnny IuzziniAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Pastry Chef/Consultant
    Jonathan Pidgeon ’07 and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon ’07, Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts
    Jonathan Pidgeon and Megan Mulhern PidgeonBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management and Bachelor's Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts
    Kamal Grant '04
    Kamal GrantAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Chef/Owner Sublime Doughnuts
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