Andrew Weissman '96 Delivers
Address at Commencement Ceremony at Pearl
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
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.
Photo Captions and Hi-Res Images
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, Johnny Iuzzini,
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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