The Culinary Institute of America

  • 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.

    For more CIA Alumni Profiles check out our Food Is Life Online Magazine.

  • Executive Chef

  • Grant Achantz, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Chef/Owner of  Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office.
    Grant AchatzAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Chef/Owner of Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office
    Llewellyn Correia, CIA culinary arts alumni, is executive chef at Wegman’s Food Markets.
    Llewellyn CorreiaAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Executive Chef—Wegman’s Food Markets
    Michael Ferraro, CIA culinary arts alumni, is executive chef at Delicatessen and MacBar.
    Michael FerraroAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Executive Chef
    Greg Vernick, CIA culinary arts alumni, is the owner of Vernick Food & Drink.
    Greg VernickAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Owner, Vernick Food & Drink
  • Food Entrepreneur

  • Richard Blais, CIA culinary arts alumni, is founder of Trail Blais.
    Richard BlaisAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Founder of Trail Blais
    Roy Choi, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go.
    Roy ChoiAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go
    Carolina Gomez, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner, Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi.
    Carolina GomezBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Owner, Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi
    Wendy Stuart, CIA culinary arts alumni, is an educator, entrepreneur, and co-founder of The Wide Net Project.
    Wendy StuartAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Educator, Entrepreneur
  • Food and Beverage Manager

  • Anthony Arbeeny, CIA culinary arts alumni, is general manager at The Westin, Washington, D.C.
    Anthony ArbeenyAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    General Manager, The Westin, Washington, D.C.
    Viraj Borkar, CIA culinary arts alumni, is manager at the Knightsbrige Restaurant Group.
    Viraj BorkarAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Manager, Knightsbrige Restaurant Group
    Gower Lane, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Director of Operations, Kendal on Hudson.
    Gower LaneAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Director of Operations, Kendal on Hudson
    Tasha Mabin, CIA culinary arts alumni, is assistant manager at The Compass Group.
    Tasha MabinBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Assistant Manager, The Compass Group
  • Food Stylist

  • Kersti Bowser, CIA culinary arts alumni, is owner of Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
    Kersti BowserAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Owner, Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
  • Food Writer

  • Anthony Bourdain, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef-at-large at Les Halles, Host No Reservations.
    Anthony BourdainAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Chef-at-Large Les Halles, Host No Reservations
    Scott Jones, CIA culinary arts alumni, is an food editor, author, judge, wine specialist, TV personality, and president of JONES IS HUNGRY.
    Scott JonesAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    President, JONES IS HUNGRY
    Jamie Purviance, CIA culinary arts alumni, is a food writer and has appeared on, or written for, The History Channel, the Food Network, ABC, PBS, and CNN.
    Jamie PurvianceAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Food Writer
  • Research and Development Chef

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

  • Eddie Ledesma, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Vice President of Operations, RAVEN Wine Management Systems, LLC.
    Eddie LedesmaBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Vice President of Operations, RAVEN Wine Management Systems, LLC
    Carlton McCoy, CIA culinary arts alumni, is master sommelier at The Little Nell.
    Carlton McCoyBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management
    Master Sommelier, The Little Nell
    Amy Racine, CIA accelerated wine and beverage program (AWBP) alumni, is Beverage and Wine Director at Sons & Daughters in San Francisco, California.
    Amy RacineAccelerated Wine and Beverage Program (AWBP)
    Sommelier
    Gretchen Thomas, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Wine and Spirits Director at Barcelona Wine Bar.
    Gretchen ThomasBPS Culinary Arts Management
    Wine and Spirits Director, Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Caterer

  • Jaime Lepe, CIA accelerated culinary arts program alumni, is catering manager for Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico.
    Jaime LepeAccelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)
    Catering Manager, Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico
  • Baking and Pastry Chef

  • Duff Goldman, CIA baking and pastry alumni, is owner of Charm City Cakes, and has hosted the hit Food Network shows, Ace of Cakes and Sugar High.
    Duff GoldmanAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry
    Owner of Charm City Cakes, Host Sugar High
    Kamal Grant, CIA baking and pastry alumni, is chef/owner of Sublime Doughnuts.
    Kamal GrantAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Chef/Owner Sublime Doughnuts
    Johnny Iuzzini, CIA baking and pastry arts alumni, is a pastry chef/consultant, cook book author, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef.
    Johnny IuzziniAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Pastry Chef/Consultant
    Jonathan Pidgeon and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon, CIA culinary arts and baking and pastry arts alumni, are chef/owners of Glazed Donuts in Key West, FL.
    Jonathan Pidgeon and Megan Mulhern PidgeonBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management and Bachelor's Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts
  • For more CIA Alumni Profiles check out our Food Is Life Online Magazine.
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