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CIA Students Extern at World’s Top Restaurants

Students at the CIA have remarkable opportunities to work in some of the best restaurants in the world. This was confirmed in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2014. Two restaurants on the list, Alinea (Grant Achatz '93) and Pujol (Enrique Olvera '97) are owned by CIA alumni. And thirteen—including three of the top four and all seven U.S. restaurants on the list—are approved externship locations where CIA students can complete their required field study between freshman and sophomore year. They are:

2.   El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3.   Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
4.   Eleven Madison Park, NYC
9.   Alinea, Chicago
18. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
20. Pujol, Mexico City
21. Le Bernardin, NYC
25. L'Arpege, Paris
27. Le Chateaubriand, Paris
30. Per Se, NYC
40. Daniel, NYC
44. French Laundry, Yountville, CA
49. Coi, San Francisco

Many CIA students and graduates also have an opportunity to stage at many of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, including #1 Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, whose kitchen is under the direction of Daniel Giusti '04. Other CIA alumni run the kitchens at Le Bernardin (Chris Muller '88) and Per Se (Eli Kaimeh '00), while even more graduates hold key positions in the kitchen, dining room, and management at Noma, Eleven Madison Park, #6 Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain), Alinea, Le Bernardin, Per Se, Daniel, and French Laundry.

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