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Fifteen Top UK Chefs Come to CIA to Honor Their Mentor

Michel Roux, Sr. (center, with cordon and medallion) and 15 of his protégés.

Michel Roux, Sr., Speaks to Graduates with Protégés in Attendance

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Hyde Park, NY – Fifteen top chefs from the United Kingdom were all at The Culinary Institute of America on November 7, when their mentor Michel Roux, Sr. delivered the commencement address at the college. Chef Roux is the owner of The Waterside Inn in Bray, England, and proprietor of La Maison 1888 in Da Nang, Vietnam. He and his brother Albert are considered the godfathers of modern UK restaurant cuisine.

To mark the occasion, 15 British chefs now working in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Japan—including six who hold stars in the Michelin Guide—joined Chef Roux at the CIA. Fourteen are recipients of the Roux Scholarship, in which young chefs from the UK and Australia earn experience in a Michelin three-star restaurant anywhere in the world. The other was Chef Roux’s son Alain, who holds three-stars as the chef patron of The Waterside Inn. In fact, Michel Roux estimates that half of the chefs in the UK who hold Michelin stars worked for him or his brother at some point.

“The legacy of which I’m most proud is here with me today. I’m bursting with pride,” said Chef Roux. “If I have inspired them, I have received even greater inspiration in return.”

The French-born Roux then shared his advice for the day’s graduates. “You have received a fantastic education by now. As you go forth to spread your wings, remember your time is limited, so do not waste a second trying to be anyone else than yourself,” Roux said. “Be in love with what you do. Be passionate or do not bother.”

The full graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Photo 1 (top photo): Michel Roux, Sr. delivers the commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY on November 7, 2014. (Photo credit: Al Nowak/CIA)
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Photo 2: Michel Roux, Sr. (center, with cordon and medallion) and 15 of his protégés joined CIA deans and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Sperling (far left) for a tour of campus following commencement ceremonies at the college on November 7, 2014. Chef Roux delivered the keynote address to graduates. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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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, culinary science, and applied food studies, 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 46,000 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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