Restaurant Mogul Ralph Brennan Encourages CIA Graduates to Stick to Core Values

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St. Helena, CA – Ralph Brennan, one of the culinary industry's most talented and respected hospitality professionals, spoke last week to students graduating from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. In his address, Brennan outlined the core values that have helped make his company, The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, a successful business. One of these core values is honesty and personal integrity.

"There is nothing more important than your reputation," said Brennan. "When you walk out of here you will begin to find your reputation. People will evaluate you based on the decisions you make and the way you treat other people."

Brennan encouraged the 48 culinary and baking & pastry AOS degree graduates to remember the golden rule and to do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

A third-generation restaurateur, Brennan also celebrated the graduation of his own son in the class, Patrick Brennan, who will now begin working with The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. The business includes five restaurants in and around New Orleans: Red Fish Grill, Ralph's on the Park, Café b, Heritage Grill, and Café NOMA. The group also includes Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen and Jazz Express located in the Disneyland Resort, and Ralph Brennan's Catering & Events. In addition, Brennan is a co-owner of Mr. B's Bistro and Commander's Palace in New Orleans and Brennan's of Houston.

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New Orleans-based restaurateur Ralph Brennan shared the core values that have made his business successful with 48 graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. (Photo credit: Charlie Gesell/CIA)
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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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