Chef Equates Culinary Success to Sports for CIA Graduates

Aikiko Moorman

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St. Helena, CA – Aikiko Moorman, an accomplished culinary professional with many successes, equated a career in the culinary industry to that of a professional athlete. Moorman addressed 29 graduates from the Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone on Friday, March 21.

"Being successful in this industry is as close as you can get to being a professional athlete," said Moorman. "The physicality, the practice of doing the same thing over and over again while having the personal goal of perfect execution every time, and injecting artistic style."

Moorman has found success as a chef, restaurant consultant, food stylist, event planner, and entrepreneur. She has been a food stylist for celebrity chef Bobby Flay and many other Food Network stars, and on the set of the acclaimed HBO series Treme in New Orleans. Moorman has also appeared on Food(ography) with Mo Rocca, worked for Chef David Chang at Momofuku and Jean Anderson at Freemans, and served as chef de cuisine at Speck in Philadelphia.

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Aikiko Moorman addresses graduates of the CIA's Advanced Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) at the college's Greystone campus in Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Kristen Loken/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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