Four Alumni Lead the List of Forbes "30 Under 30"

The January 20 issue of Forbes honors the best up-and-comers in various fields. Four CIA graduates are named in the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in the area of food and beverage—more than any other college or university.

30 under 30“We are proud that so many graduates quickly become standouts in the food world. In addition to being highly skilled chefs, they are managers, owners, sommeliers, and leaders in many other areas of hospitality,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan.

The honorees from the CIA:

  • Adam Altnether, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’07, co-owner and executive chef of Craft Restaurants, St. Louis, MO
  • Joseph “JJ” Johnson, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’07, chef de cuisine at The Cecil, NYC, NY
  • Carlton McCoy, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’06, Master Sommelier and wine director at The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
  • Jason Pfeifer, associate degree in culinary arts ’06, chef de cuisine at Maialino, NYC, NY

“This award solidifies in my mind the importance of the bachelor’s degree program I completed at The Culinary Institute of America. The CIA’s emphasis on work ethic and a strong foundation of fundamentals helped me excel at every position I’ve ever held,” Altnether says.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the CIA,” Johnson says of his alma mater. “The chefs and professors there got me ready for the culinary world and set me up for success.”

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