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Philly Restaurateur Ellen Yin Delivers CIA Commencement Address

Hyde Park, NY – Ellen Yin, founder and co-owner of Philadelphia’s High Street Hospitality Group, spoke to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on February 8.

Ms. Yin is credited with playing a key role in elevating her city’s dining scene. Her company operates three noteworthy Philadelphia restaurants: Fork, High Street on Market, and All earned “Three Bells: Excellent” reviews from Craig LaBan in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2015, her empire expanded to New York City with High Street on Hudson.

“Being a chef also means being a leader,” Yin told graduates. “Leadership takes time to develop and it may not be inherent in everyone, but it can be practiced and taught. It means maintaining professionalism at all times, having self-confidence to know what is right and wrong, not giving up when things are difficult, and pushing through. Conviction, tenacity, integrity.”

Ms. Yin was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2018. Earlier this year, she was honored by the Philadelphia chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. High Street on Market was named the Best New Restaurant in America by Travel + Leisure in 2015 and was second on Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants list. It was also named the Inquirer’s 2014 Restaurant of the Year. Condé Nast Traveler recently named Fork among the Best Restaurants in Philadelphia and High Street on Market one of the Best Brunches in the city.

The author of Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro, Ellen Yin holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of Women in Hospitality United.

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

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Ellen Yin, founder and co-owner of the Philadelphia-based High Street Hospitality Group, speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college’s New York campus on February 8, 2019. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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