CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan to be Honored by UCLA

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Dr. Ryan Receives Innovation Award at Restaurant Industry Conference

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Hyde Park, NY – Acknowledging Dr. Tim Ryan's leadership and commitment to the food and restaurant industry, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is honoring the president of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) with its 2013 Innovation Award. Dr. Ryan will receive the award at the UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference on the university's campus on Wednesday, April 3.

"Recognition by such an outstanding institution as UCLA testifies to the excellence of our college's educational programs and industry conferences," Dr. Ryan said. "We are proud of our continuing innovations, including new CIA majors and concentrations that will further prepare CIA students to shape the future of cooking and the foodservice industry."

The award recognizes highly influential leaders who have greatly contributed to the evolving landscape of the food, beverage, and restaurant industry. Previous award winners have included Jose Andres, Wolfgang Puck, and the Hillstone Restaurant Group.

"Dr. Ryan has earned this honor through his many commitments to the industry and its future, and UCLA Extension is thrilled to name him as the recipient of the 2013 Innovation Award," said Van Anderson, program director at UCLA Extension.

In selecting Dr. Ryan as this year's award winner, UCLA Extension hailed his:

  • Commitment to the chef as a professional on par with advanced degree professionals the world over
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive industry, made up of thought leaders and restaurateurs of all stripes
  • Commitment to culinary technique coupled with a focus on the consumer and guest, regardless of outlet
  • Leadership of a not-for-profit college that has evolved from one simply teaching students how to cook to one that offers them the skills to be successful in an ever more complex industry
  • Commitment to expanding the consciousness of an industry to include business development, health, wellness, and food research and development

UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the university. It is the largest professional continuing education institution offering over 6,500 courses and corporate education with annual enrollments of 90,000. Its annual Restaurant Industry Conference, now in its 17th year, brings together more than 350 executives from restaurant operating companies, investment firms, and professional advisors.

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Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America. (Photo credit: CIA)

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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