"Supercool" Restaurant Companies Have CIA Grads at the Helm

Charlie Palmer
Richard Sandoval

Magazine Recognizes Most Innovative Multiconcept Groups

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Hyde Park, NYRestaurant Hospitality magazine recently released its list of the Top 25 Multiconcept Companies in America. Five of the companies honored by the magazine were founded by a CIA graduate and two more have alumni in the top culinary job.

The editors of Restaurant Hospitality referred to these 25 organizations as "supercool multiconcept restaurant companies that are changing the face of dining in America."

Those with CIA alumni in top positions are:

  • Charlie Palmer Group—Charlie Palmer '79, founder
  • Richard Sandoval Restaurants—Richard Sandoval '91, chef, founder, and CEO
  • David Burke Restaurants—David Burke '82, founder and executive chef
  • Bonanno Concepts—Frank Bonanno '96, chef and proprietor
  • Capital Restaurant Concepts—Bryan Yealy '88, corporate chef
  • Sage Restaurant Group—Michael Carr-Turnbough '82, senior vice president of culinary

"The many CIA graduates on this list are even more proof that, in addition to becoming successful and celebrated chefs, the college's alumni are well-prepared to assume roles as the top leaders, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs in the food world," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. "The entire CIA community joins in congratulating these culinary innovators on this honor."

"Everyone knows how difficult it is to run a restaurant. Imagine how taxing it must be to run multiple restaurants, each with its own personality," wrote the editors of Restaurant Hospitality, explaining why they chose to recognize those who create not just one successful concept, but several. "This breed of entrepreneur has piqued our interest...so we set out to spotlight the coolest, most influential multiconcept companies in the country."

While running their respective restaurant groups, Charlie Palmer and Richard Sandoval also serve on the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America. Palmer is the chairman of the board.

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Photo 1: Charlie Palmer '79 with students on a visit to The Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park, NY campus in 2013. Palmer is founder of the Charlie Palmer Group of restaurants and the chairman of the board of the CIA. (Photo credits: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Photo 2: Richard Sandoval '91, founder and CEO of Richard Sandoval Restaurants and a member of The Culinary Institute of America's Board of Trustees. (Photo credits: 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, 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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