Grads Earn Taste Talks Awards

Five CIA alumni were honored at the hippest new awards night honoring the best of food and drink. The Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards, aka “The Tastys,” was held at The Weylin in Brooklyn, NY on September 8. Hosted by television personality Matty Matheson of Viceland, the awards celebrate the people and organizations inspiring a new generation of eaters and drinkers, with a “focus on culture, innovation, and diversity.”

Established and rising CIA graduates who won Taste Talks Awards for 2017:

  • Nina Compton, Best New Chef: South (chef/owner of Compère Lapin in New Orleans)
  • David Posey, Best New Restaurant: North (chef/co-owner of Elske in Chicago)
  • Grant Achatz, Best Service (chef/owner of Alinea in Chicago)
  • Christine Langelier, Outstanding Restaurant (general manager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY)
  • Anthony Bourdain, Best Food Television Show (host, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown)


The CIA was honored at last year’s inaugural Taste Talks Awards as the first recipient of the Innovation Award for Best Academic Institution or Organization, and was a nominee again this year.

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