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Popular NYC Chef is Commencement Speaker

Michael Ferraro Delivers Keynote at his Alma Mater

Hyde Park, NYMichael Ferraro, executive chef and partner at New York City’s Delicatessen and macbar restaurants, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on June 15. The CIA alumnus has been running Delicatessen since 2008, during which time he has incorporated world flavors into the menu and elevated the cuisine, earning much acclaim along the way. He opened macbar in 2009, concentrating on gourmet macaroni and cheese.

“There’s a lot of glitz and glamour that comes along with becoming a chef,” Ferraro told the newest CIA graduates. “I want you guys to make me a promise to uphold all the principles that you learned here at the CIA. Draw on those humble beginnings as I try to do. Move them forward with you with every challenge, success, and decision you have to make in your career.”

A member of the first Zagat “30 Under 30” list in 2011, Chef Ferraro was also named one of New York City’s “Most Eligible Bachelors” by Gotham magazine. He is active in the “Cooking. Comfort. Care.” initiative, which provides recipes, tips, and nutritional resources to pancreatic cancer patients and their caregivers.

A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the ceremony for CIA graduate Anthony Bourdain, who died a week earlier. Coincidentally, Bourdain was the keynote speaker at Ferraro’s CIA graduation in 2002.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Michael Ferraro’s address to recipients of associate degrees in baking & pastry arts and culinary arts, can be seen online.

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Chef Michael Ferraro speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college's New York campus on June 15, 2018. A CIA graduate himself, Ferraro is executive chef and partner of Delicatessen and macbar in New York City. (Photo credit: Al Nowak/On Location Studios)
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