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SPQR Chef Welcomes CIA Graduates to Alumni Family

St. Helena, CA – Matthew Accarrino, executive chef at San Francisco’s SPQR and a 1998 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, was commencement speaker at the college’s California campus on December 18.

Accarrino has been executive chef at SPQR since 2009, taking over for fellow alumnus Nate Appleman ’99. Before that, he was opening sous chef at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City in 2004. During his career, he has also worked for CIA alumni restaurateurs Rick Moonen ’78 and Charlie Palmer ’79.

“As a graduate, I know the tests and challenges you faced to get here,” Chef Accarrino told the CIA’s newest alumni. “You are the future of our business and our craft. With this tremendous opportunity comes great responsibility: to teach others, to push and maintain standards, and to develop and grow ideas for the future.”

With Chef Accarrino running the kitchen, SPQR has earned a Michelin star each of the past four years. He is a four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Best Chef: West. Food & Wine magazine included Accarrino on its Best New Chefs list in 2014 and StarChefs named him a Rising Star Chef in 2010.

In addition to earning his associate degree in culinary arts at the CIA’s New York campus, Matthew Accarrino holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

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Matthew Accarrino ’98 speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college’s California campus on December 18, 2015. The four-time nominee for the James Beard Award as Best Chef: West is executive chef at San Francisco's SPQR. (Photo credit: Charlie Gesell/CIA)
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