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Noma Co-Founder Claus Meyer Delivers Address to CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NY – World-renowned restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer spoke to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America during commencement ceremonies at the college’s New York campus on October 20. Considered the pioneer of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, Chef Meyer is co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, rated Best Restaurant in the World four times on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

“Every defeat you encounter is a chance to improve your game and to redefine your mission,” Chef Meyer advised recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. “Life is full of win-win scenarios and potential partnerships. Reaching out for the least obvious ones has been for me an extremely rewarding experience.”

Studio, the newest Copenhagen restaurant from the 53-year-old native of southern Denmark, earned a star in the Michelin Guide just four months after opening. The restaurant in his Great Northern Food Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, Agern, also holds a Michelin star.

Also committed to philanthropy, Chef Meyer’s Melting Pot Foundation USA last year launched the Brownsville Community Culinary Center in Brooklyn, a community center, eatery, and cooking school offering free culinary training and healthy, accessible cuisine to neighborhood residents.

The entire CIA graduation ceremony, including Mr. Meyer’s keynote address, can be seen online.

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Chef and restaurateur Claus Meyer addresses graduates of The Culinary Institute of America on October 20, 2017. Chef Meyer is a pioneer of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, co-founder of the world-famous Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, and creator of the Great Northern Food Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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