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Restaurant Associates CEO Dick Cattani Speaks to CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NY – Dick Cattani, chief executive officer of Restaurant Associates, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on December 2. Restaurant Associates is widely considered the nation’s preeminent on-site foodservice company and is the provider of dining services at the CIA’s new student dining venue, The Egg.

“In whatever you do, strive for the best,” Mr. Cattani told recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking & pastry arts. “Focus on progress, not perfection. If you can’t be the sun, be a moon beam. If you can’t be the leader, be the best damn team player in the organization. Passion should be at the heart of your performance and pride should be at the core of your service.”

In 2002, as chief operating officer for Restaurant Associates, Mr. Cattani oversaw all foodservice for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT—an operation that involved 150,000 meals a day for 17 days at 15 different venues. He was a 2005 recipient of a Silver Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and, the following year, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management.

The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Dick Cattani, CEO of Restaurant Associates, speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college’s New York campus on December 2, 2016. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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