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Dale Talde Returns to Alma Mater as Commencement Speaker

Renowned Chef Addresses CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NYDale Talde, executive chef and partner of New York City’s Three Kings Restaurant Group, spoke to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on October 19. Chef Talde, a 1998 CIA graduate, has several restaurants, including the eponymous Talde with locations in Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ. With his Three Kings partners, he runs Massoni and Rice & Gold restaurants and rooftop bars The Heights and The Crown, all in Manhattan.

A proud son of Filipino immigrants, the Chicago native is the author of Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn, and his visit to the CIA coincided with Filipino-American Heritage Month.

“What I think is most important from a chef is point-of-view. What is your POV?” Chef Talde challenged graduates. “Your travels should help define your cooking style and your management style.”

Chef Talde is known for his television appearances on Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars, Chopped, Iron Chef America, and Knife Fight. He was honored as a Tastemaster on the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News 2018 NRN Power List. In 2013, he was named a New York Rising Star Chef by and the New York regional winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Chef Talde’s address to recipients of associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, can be seen online.

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Chef Dale Talde addresses graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college’s New York campus on October 19, 2018. Talde graduated from the CIA in 1998 and has gone on to open several of his own restaurants and appear on television cooking competitions. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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