• Read profiles, bios, and stories of CIA alumni. CIA graduates have made their mark in the food business by pursuing excellence learned here at the CIA.
  • CIA Alumni Profiles

    With your CIA degree in hand, you’ll join our global network of 49,000+ alumni. That means you don’t just have a foot in the door—you have thousands of feet in the door. Our list of accomplished graduates is as diverse as it is extensive. Get to know some of their stories here, and learn how the CIA factored into their success.

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  • Food Business

  • Steve Ells, CIA culinary arts alumni, is founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
    Culinary Arts
    Founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill
    Enrique Olvera, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef/owner at Restaurante Pujol.
    Management
    Owner, Grupo Enrique Olvera
  • Food Entrepreneur

  • Roy Choi, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go.
    Culinary Arts
    Chef/Restaurateur/Author
    Carolina Gomez, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner, Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi.
    Management
    Owner, Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen
  • Food Media

  • Anthony Bourdain, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef-at-large at Les Halles, Host No Reservations.
    Culinary Arts
    Chef/Author/Host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Kersti Bowser, CIA culinary arts alumni, is owner of Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
    Culinary Arts
    Owner, Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
  • Who to Watch

  • Yoni Levy, CIA culinary arts alumni and chef at Outerlands, San Francisco, CA
    Culinary Arts
    Chef at Outerlands, San Francisco, CA
    Andrea Morris, CIA culinary arts wine alumna
    Management
    Beverage Director, Nix Restaurant
  • Food and Beverage Management

  • Christine Langelier, CIA management culinary arts alumna
    Management
    General Manager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
    Tasha Mabin, CIA culinary arts alumni, is assistant manager at The Compass Group.
    Culinary Arts
    Food Service Director, The Compass Group USA
  • Research and Development

  • Evan Bollers, CIA alumni
    Culinary Science
    Research & Development Chef, Custom Foods of America
    Dan Coudreaut, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Senior Director of Culinary Innovation at McDonald's, U.S.
    Culinary Arts
    Senior Director of Culinary Innovation at McDonald's, U.S.
  • Sommelier

  • Carlton McCoy, CIA culinary arts alumni, is master sommelier at The Little Nell.
    Management
    Master Sommelier, The Little Nell
    Gretchen Thomas, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Wine and Spirit Director, Barteca Restaurant Group
    Management
    Wine and Spirit Director, Barteca Restaurant Group
  • Executive Chef

  • Grant Achantz, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Chef/Owner of  Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office.
    Culinary Arts
    Chef/Owner of Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office
    Deuki Hong CIA culinary arts alumni and executive chef at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong, New York, NY.
    Culinary Arts
    Executive Chef
  • Baking and Pastry Chef

  • Sarah Baldwin, CIA baking and pastry arts alumni. Photo taken at of Sarah Baldwin taken at Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, New York, NY.
    Management
    Creative Director, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
    Brittany Harris, CIA baking and pastry arts alumni, chef-owner
    Management
    Owner/Chef, A Sweet Affair
  • Educator

  • Bruce Davis, CIA culinary arts alumni
    Culinary Arts
    Culinary Arts Instructor, Production & Services Department Chair, Center for Applied Technology North (CAT-N)
    Tim Michitsch, CIA culinary arts degree alumni educator - sm
    Culinary Arts
    Chef-Instructor, Lorian County Joint Vocational School, OH
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