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Tokyo Chef-Restaurateur David Myers Inspires Graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded to 41 New Graduates

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Singapore – David Myers, chef and owner of two restaurants in Tokyo’s Ginza Mitsukoshi shopping center, delivered the commencement address to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Singapore on Tuesday, September 16. Myers advised 41 new bachelor’s degree recipients preparing to embark on exciting careers in the restaurant and hospitality world to know both their strengths and shortcomings.

“Your time here at the CIA has given you exposure to many disciplines: cuisine, the arts, business, financials, and creative thinking,” said Chef Myers, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2003. “You have also had time to acquire an understanding of which of those components you are best at and for which you truly have a passion…Surround yourself with people who complement your skills and possess the strengths that you do not have.”

Myers opened several restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas before setting his sights on Japan, where he opened the high-end pâtisserie Sola and the California-inspired David Myers Café in 2010. He is expanding to Singapore in early 2015, with a restaurant and bar set to open at the Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel.

“The field we have chosen constantly tests our determination, our creative tenacity, and our stamina. But we love it. We wouldn’t do anything else,” Myers said.

This is the third graduation ceremony at The Culinary Institute of America’s international campus, which opened in 2010. These graduates began their CIA studies in 2012 after completing a three-year diploma program in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology. Credits from previous business management courses transferred, allowing students to complete their four-year degree with two years of the CIA’s unparalleled hands-on culinary training and certain required liberal arts courses.

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Graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore flank commencement speaker David Myers during ceremonies at the college on September 16, 2014. (Photo credit: CIA/Dazale Choy)
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About The Culinary Institute of America

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, applied food studies, 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.

About Singapore Institute of Technology

Established in 2009, SIT is an institution funded by the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programs primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world's top industry-focused degree programs targeted at growth sectors of the economy. Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education.  SIT has been slated to become the fifth public university in Singapore by the government.

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