James Beard Semifinalist Restaurateur Delivers Commencement Address
Hyde Park, NY – Kevin
Boehm, co-founder of the Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group, was guest speaker at commencement ceremonies at the New York campus of
The Culinary Institute of America on November 24.
In the last 13 years, Mr. Boehm and his partner Rob Katz
have opened 13 restaurants, with two more on the way. Boka
Restaurant Group is known as one of the great chef-driven restaurant
in the country. Among Boka’s restaurants are The J.
Parker and Perennial Virant with CIA alumnus Paul Virant ’94 at the
helm and Girl & the Goat headed by celebrity
chef Stephanie Izard.
Together, Boehm and Katz were named semifinalists for the
2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Restaurateur. They have been honored
as Restaurateurs of the Year by the Chicago
Tribune in 2011 and Time Out Chicago in 2010.
Mr. Boehm spoke to 52 associate
degree graduates in culinary arts and baking
and pastry arts at the CIA. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.
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Kevin Boehm, co-founder of Boka Restaurant Group, speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America on
November 24, 2015. (Photo credit: Al
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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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