Hyde Park, NY – Michael
White, chef and owner of New York City-based Altamarea Group, was keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of
America on April 13.
The Altamarea Group includes 15
highly acclaimed restaurants in four countries. Its flagship, Marea in New York City, holds two stars from the Michelin Guide, won the James Beard
Foundation Award in 2010 for Best New Restaurant, and was rated the number one
Italian restaurant in New York City by the Zagat
Survey for four straight years. Chef White also earned a Michelin star with Ai Fiori in midtown Manhattan.
In addition to restaurants in New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, Altamarea Group
opened Al Molo in Hong Kong, The Chop Shop in London,
and Ristorante Morini in
Istanbul. The company also runs the food and beverage operations for the
Bedford Post Inn in Westchester County, a Relais & Châteaux property co-owned by actor Richard Gere.
Chef White is a five-time James Beard Award nominee for Best
Chef: New York City. He is the author of Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking and co-author of Classico e Moderno:
Essential Italian Cooking.
The entire graduation ceremony, including Chef White’s
address to 69 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, can
be seen online.
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:
Michael White, chef and owner of New York City-based Altamarea Group, delivered the keynote address at the
associate degree graduation ceremony at the New York campus of The Culinary
Institute of America on April 13, 2017. Chef White has two Michelin stars at Marea and one at Ai Fiori. (Photo Credit:
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier
culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and
hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree
majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate
degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education
through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs
and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting
services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its
worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the
food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and
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