CIA President Once Again Named Among Most Powerful People in Food
Dr. Tim Ryan Recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News for his Influence and Impact
Hyde Park, NY – For the third time in the last four years, Dr.
Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America,
has been named to the Nation’s Restaurant
News “NRN 50 Power List” as one of the most important people in the food
and hospitality industry for 2017.
The NRN 50 Power List recognizes the people who are leading
and shaping the food world. Dr. Ryan was honored in the “Influencers” category this
year and also in 2016. In 2014, he made the list in the “Connectors” category.
The feature about Dr. Ryan in the current
special issue of the magazine says, “For 15 years, Tim Ryan has led what is
widely considered the country’s premier culinary school—The
Culinary Institute of America—and has solidified its reputation as a leading
force in the evolving food landscape. . . [The CIA] has also prepared thousands
of students for the broad career opportunities available to the modern chef.
Realizing that chefs do more at restaurants than cook, Ryan and his staff have
expanded instruction to include such diverse
topics as culinary science, elder care, technology and business.”
Dr. Ryan said, “It’s fulfilling for me to lead such an
outstanding team of educators during this dynamic time in food business and
higher education. There are so many opportunities, so many paths for students
to take—and we are gratified to know that when they leave our college, they are
prepared to lead in every segment of the food world. Our graduates are shaping
the way people eat and they’re transforming the industry. That’s a great
feeling for us.”
A 1977 graduate of the CIA, Dr. Ryan’s unique background
includes being a Culinary Olympics champion and Certified Master Chef. He also
holds an advanced Ivy League degree, having earned his doctorate in education
from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ryan has been with the CIA since 1982,
when he was recruited to serve on the faculty and develop and run the college’s
ground-breaking American Bounty Restaurant.
He became the CIA’s fifth president in 2001.
In addition to his recognition from Nation’s Restaurant News, Dr. Ryan has received awards and honors
from almost every segment of the food world during his career, including Chef
of the Year from the American Culinary Federation, induction into Who’s Who in
Food & Beverage in America from the James Beard Foundation, Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Foodservice Educators Network International, Silver
Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, and
Entrepreneur of the Year from the International Association of Culinary
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:
Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of
America, addresses the sold-out crowd during the 2016 Menus of Change®
conference, one of several initiatives co-produced by the CIA and Harvard T. H.
Chan School of Public Health. (Photo
credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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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 campuses in New York, California, Texas, and
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