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Celebrating Women at the 2015 Augie Awards Dinner

The 2015 Augie Award statue.

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Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America will celebrate women chefs and restaurateurs at the 2015 Augie Awards™ leadership dinner. The event will take place on Thursday, April 30, at the American Museum of Natural History on New York City’s Upper West Side. Tickets are available at Funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, and an online auction support scholarships for CIA students.

The CIA was founded by two dynamic women—Frances Roth and Katherine Angell, who opened the school to train returning World War II veterans in the culinary arts. Today, half of the college’s student population is female. Dr. Tim Ryan, CIA president said, “We are very proud to honor seven extraordinary women who are highly acclaimed innovators and role models. Our honorees have each blended their extraordinary creative talents with business acumen to become leaders in our industry and beyond.”

Created in tribute to famed French chef Auguste Escoffier, the Augie Awards celebrate success and achievement of the foodservice industry's best chefs, visionaries, and entrepreneurs. The life’s work of each of this year’s honorees embodies leadership, strength, determination, vision, and innovation. The 2015 recipients are:

  • Elena Arzak: chef and co-owner of the #8 restaurant in the world. Restaurant Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
  • Lidia Bastianich: chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist, and television personality. Tavola Productions (New York, NY)
  • Dominique Crenn: the first woman in America to receive two stars in the legendary Michelin Guide. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, CA)
  • Susan Feniger ’77: chef, restaurateur, philanthropist, TV personality, author; winner of the California Restaurant Lifetime Achievement Award. Border Grill, Mud Hen Tavern and others (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Barbara Lynch: chef, restaurateur, philanthropist, author, Grand Chef Relais et Châteaux, James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur 2014. Barbara Lynch Gruppo (Boston, MA)
  • Anne-Sophie Pic: chef, restaurateur; took over her father’s restaurant with no culinary training and regained its third Michelin star. Maison Pic (Valence, France)
  • Nancy Silverton: baker, chef, entrepreneur, educator. James Beard Foundation’s Chef of the Year 2014. Mozza Restaurant Group (Los Angeles, CA)

Throughout the evening, the audience of 600 foodservice business leaders, celebrated chefs, culinary entrepreneurs, and CIA supporters from all sectors will hear more about women in the industry from Dr. Ryan, the Augie recipients, special guests, and dozens of CIA students who will assist during the event. Attendees at the Leadership Awards dinner will be encouraged to add their sentiments on Twitter using #AugieAward.

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Photo 1 (top photo): Frances Roth and Katharine Angell opened the institute in 1946, determined to establish a school that would become "the culinary center of the nation" and believing that America could have “the best meals on earth.” (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)
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Photo 2: The 2015 Augie Award statue will be presented this April to seven outstanding women chefs: Elena Arzak, Lidia Bastianich, Dominique Crenn, Susan Feniger ’77, Barbara Lynch, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Nancy Silverton. (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)
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About The Culinary Institute of America: Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health and wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines and cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 48,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Anthony Bourdain, Anne Burelle, Maneet Chauhan, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Steve Ells, Amanda Freitag, Charlie Palmer, Gretchen Thomas, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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