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Alumnus Managing One of NYC’s Top New Restaurants Returns to the CIA as Graduation Speaker

Hyde Park, NY – Eamon Rockey, general manager of the highly regarded Betony restaurant in New York City, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on January 22.

Rockey graduated from the CIA in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management. He went on to work in service and beverage program positions at renowned New York restaurants Eleven Madison Park, Aska, Atera, and Gilt before opening Betony with Chef Bryce Shuman, his former colleague at Eleven Madison Park.

Since its opening in 2013, Betony, with its Modern American cuisine, was named Esquire magazine’s Restaurant of the Year, earned a spot on the Wine Enthusiast list of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant, and received a three-star review in The New York Times.

The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Eamon Rockey ’06 (right) with President Dr. Tim Ryan of The Culinary Institute of America at commencement ceremonies at the college's New York campus. Rockey, general manager of New York City's Betony restaurant, delivered the keynote address to graduates on January 22, 2016. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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