Harold Moore Returns
to Alma Mater to Deliver Commencement Address
Hyde Park, NY – Harold Moore, the executive chef and co-owner of Commerce
restaurant in Manhattan's West Village, delivered the keynote address at commencement
ceremonies at The Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park, NY campus on
Friday, October 18, 2013.
"You have chosen a field that rewards diligence. Choose jobs
that are challenging, and commit yourselves to a
lifetime of learning," Moore told 57 recipients of associate degrees in
culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. "If you go to a Michelin-starred restaurant, at first it will be all about cooking
vegetables and family meal. Stick with it, do it well, and be patient. You
should never be too fancy or too sophisticated to learn something new."
Moore, 40, began in the restaurant business as a "toast boy"
in a New Jersey diner. His only job was to make toast during the breakfast
rush. From that humble start, he went on to earn a nomination for the James
Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef in 2002.
The 1997 CIA graduate worked in some of New York City's top
restaurants before opening Commerce five years ago. Commerce was recently named
one of New York magazine's "Top 101
Restaurants" and was included in Eater.com's list of "38 Essential Restaurants in New York
City." It has also earned rave reviews from The
New York Times, Time Out New York, Food & Wine, Newsweek, and the New York Post.
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Harold Moore '97 returned to his alma mater to deliver the
commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park campus on
October 18, 2013. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil
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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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