Founder of Connecticut-based Restaurant Group Delivers Commencement Address at the CIA
Hyde Park, NY – Andy Pforzheimer, founder and
CEO of Barteca Restaurant Group, was the keynote
speaker for graduation ceremonies at the New
York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on February 12.
Based in South Norwalk, CT, Barteca includes the award-winning
Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar and bartaco concepts.
While still a teenager, Chef Pforzheimer worked at a Michelin-starred
restaurant in France before returning stateside to cook at some of America’s
top restaurants, including Stars in San Francisco and “21” Club in New York
City. He opened the first Barcelona Restaurant in 1996. Today, there are 12
Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bars and 10 bartaco locations from Boston, MA to Tampa, FL.
Barcelona has earned awards from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Travel + Leisure magazines. Its wine program is run by CIA alumna Gretchen Thomas ’03.
Chef Pforzheimer spoke to 50
recipients of CIA associate degrees in
culinary arts and baking
& pastry arts. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:
Andy Pforzheimer, founder and CEO
of Barteca Restaurant Group, speaking to graduates of
The Culinary Institute of America on February 12, 2016. Based in
Connecticut, Pforzheimer's company has 22 locations in seven states and
Washington, DC under the Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar and
bartaco names. (Photo
credit: Al Nowak/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary
college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and
hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate
degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors
in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive
education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting
services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of
health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and
professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate
programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network
of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality.
The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.
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