Half of Nation’s Best New Chefs are CIA Alumni

Each year, Food & Wine names the best up-and-coming chefs in the nation and six CIA alumni—half the honorees—are included in the magazine’s Best New Chefs class of 2014. The graduates are not confined to one region of the United States; they are each running the kitchens in top restaurants in different cities. Food and Wine Best New Chefs 2014

Matthew Accarrino ’98, SPQR in San Francisco, CA
Greg Denton ’96, Ox in Portland, OR
Eli Kulp ’05, Fork in Philadelphia, PA
Joe Ogrodnek 02 & Walker Stern ’02, Dover in Brooklyn, NY
Justin Yu ’05, Oxheart in Houston, TX


The six CIA graduates, and other winners of this prestigious honor, will be showcased at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this summer and featured in the July issue of the magazine.

Food & Wine Best New Chefs set the trends for restaurants across the country,” says Dana Cowin, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. In fact, some previous honorees who have gone on to chef stardom include Gary Danko ’77, Rocco DiSpirito ’86, Jonathan Benno ’93, Melissa Perello ’96, Roy Choi ’98, and Nate Appleman ’99.

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