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The CIA Honors a “Trio of Titans” at the 2017 Leadership Awards

Students express their thanks for the record-breaking contributions to the CIA scholarship fund at last year’s Leadership Awards
A “Trio of Titans” will be celebrated at the 2017 Leadership Awards, presented by The Culinary Institute of America, on April 19

Hyde Park, NY – After raising a record $1 million for student scholarships at the 2016 Leadership Awards gala, The Culinary Institute of America is setting its sights high for this year’s event. On Wednesday, April 19, more than 600 foodservice and hospitality industry leaders, celebrity chefs, CIA alumni, and other luminaries from business and entertainment will come together at the American Museum of Natural History on New York City’s Upper West Side to honor a “Trio of Titans.”

During the festivities, Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA, will present the Augie Award™ to three individuals who, through their prolific life’s work, have transformed and elevated the food and hospitality industry—helping it garner the respect it deserves. Created in tribute to famed French chef Auguste Escoffier, the Augie Awards recognize the achievement of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and chefs. This years’ honorees embody the qualities of leadership, strength, determination, and innovation:

  • Shep Gordon: Talent manager for rock stars, Hollywood agent, film producer, and New York Times bestselling author, Shep Gordon is also credited with creating the celebrity chef category. The subject of an award-winning Mike Myers documentary film, Supermensch, he penned his own memoir, They Call Me Supermensch, in 2016.
  • Jacques Pépin: A former columnist for The New York Times, his articles have appeared in countless food magazines. Chef Pépin’s awards include France’s highest civilian honor, La Legion d’Honneur; 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Life-time Achievement Award; and an Emmy Award for his PBS series with Julia Child.
  • Martha Stewart: Emmy Award-winning television host, bestselling author, trusted lifestyle expert, and respected business entrepreneur, Martha Stewart’s brand of high-quality household and garden products are sold at major retailers nationwide. Her latest television show pairs her with rap star, Snoop Dogg.

“Martha Stewart, Jacques Pepin, and Shep Gordon all have a commitment to excellence that mirrors the core values of the CIA,” says Dr. Ryan. “They are all trailblazers, innovators, and provide tremendous inspiration to our students and alumni alike. We are proud to honor them.”

The evening will begin with a lavish menu of hors d’oeuvre prepared by guest chefs, many of whom are CIA alumni, followed by a sit down dinner. There will also be an online auction, to open for bidding two weeks prior to the gala, to raise additional scholarship funds. More than two dozen current CIA students—from the associate and bachelor’s programs—will also be on hand to assist the event chefs and add their personal thank-you’s to all in attendance.

A not-for-profit institution, the CIA is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the same organization that accredits universities like Princeton and Columbia. More than 90 percent of the CIA student body depends on some type of financial aid, and the Leadership Awards is its largest annual fundraising program. The college relies on alliances with the private and public sectors to achieve its goal of excellence and to maintain its reputation as the world’s premier culinary college.

Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, along with more details about the event are available online.

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Photo 1: The 2017 Augie Awards recipients are, left to right, Shep Gordon, Jacques Pepin, and Martha Stewart. (Photo credit: CIA)
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Photo 2: Students express their thanks for the record-breaking contributions to the CIA scholarship fund at last year’s Leadership Awards. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Photo 3: A “Trio of Titans” will be celebrated at the 2017 Leadership Awards, presented by The Culinary Institute of America, on April 19. (Photo credit: CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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