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Chef James Kent Returns to Site of Bocuse d’Or USA Victory

NoMad Executive Chef Addresses Commencement at The Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY – James Kent, executive chef at New York City’s NoMad, was graduation speaker at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on March 4. In 2010, as line cook at Eleven Madison Park, Chef Kent won the Bocuse d’Or USA finals held at the CIA. He went on to represent the United States at the international Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France the following year, finishing 10th in the world.

After several years at Eleven Madison Park, helping the restaurant garner three Michelin stars, a four-star review in The New York Times, and a spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara named him executive chef at their restaurant in The NoMad Hotel in 2013. Kent is a semifinalist for the 2106 James Beard Foundation Award as Best Chef: New York City.

Chef Kent spoke to 54 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking & pastry arts. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Chef James Kent speaks to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on March 4, 2016. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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