Philly's "Rising Star Chef" Featured in Culinary Institute of America Video

Greg Vernick

Series of Success Profiles Includes Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink

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Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY has launched a new series of short video profiles in select U.S. markets. The videos showcase successful alumni and highlight the breadth of career tracks within the food world in which CIA alumni have become leaders.

In Philadelphia, the featured alumnus is chef and entrepreneur Greg Vernick, who earned his associate degree in culinary arts from the CIA in 2005. Vernick was raised around food, helping his grandfather in Friedman's Market, a butcher shop and market in Philadelphia started by his great-grandfather. Now he and his wife are the owners of Vernick Food & Drink, which opened in 2012. Focusing on creating approachable, seasonal food, Chef Vernick uses only the finest ingredients to create a simple yet refined dining experience. named him a Philadelphia Rising Star Chef for 2013.

The "Food is Life" video of Chef Vernick is available on YouTube.

This first group of video shorts also features Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director for Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant group in Connecticut; Carolina Gomez, owner of Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi shop in Washington, DC; and Michael Ferraro, executive chef and partner at Delicatessen and Macbar in New York City.

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Greg Vernick (Photo credit: Shelley Noeldechen and Nicolas Kleczewski/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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