San Antonio Chef/Restaurateur Speaks at Culinary Institute of America Graduation

Andrew Weissman '96
CIA San Antonio Graduates

Andrew Weissman '96 Delivers Address at Commencement Ceremony at Pearl

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San Antonio, TX – Andrew Weissman, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and chef/owner of several highly esteemed San Antonio restaurants, was the commencement speaker at the college's San Antonio campus on Friday, October 18. Eleven graduates received their Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in culinary arts during the commencement ceremony at the Pearl complex.

"Develop a work-life balance," advised Chef Weissman, a four-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Award as Best Chef: Southwest. "But you must also realize there must be sacrifice and struggle to achieve your dreams. Be prepared to commit. This effort will create empathy so when you become a leader, you will better understand those you lead."

Weissman grew up in San Antonio and earned his culinary arts degree from the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus in 1996. At age 46, he is the chef and owner of Il Sogno Osteria, The Sandbar Fish House & Market, Big'z Burger Joint, Sip Coffee & Espresso Bar, The Luxury, and Minnie's Tavern and Rye House. His first restaurant, Le Rêve, was a San Antonio mainstay for 11 years, during which time it was named Best Restaurant in Texas by both Gourmet and Texas Monthly magazines.

This was the third AAS graduation at the San Antonio campus. The 11 new alumni can continue their studies in the CIA's bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts management or culinary science at the Hyde Park campus.

In addition to earning an AAS in culinary arts, as of this fall, students at the CIA San Antonio can major in baking and pastry arts. As part of their studies, during sophomore year, students work in one of the two public restaurants on campus—Nao: New World Flavors or the CIA Bakery Café.

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Photo 1: Andrew Weissman '96 advising graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio to work hard to achieve their dreams. Chef Weissman was commencement speaker at the college's campus at Pearl on October 18, 2013. (Photo credits: Darren Abate/CIA)
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Photo 2: Graduating students of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio listen to keynote speaker Andrew Weissman '96 during commencement ceremonies at the college. Eleven graduates earned AAS degrees in culinary arts on October 18, 2013. (Photo credits: Darren Abate/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 45,000 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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