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Certified Master Chef Advises CIA Graduates

Victor Gielisse Delivers Commencement Address at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

St. Helena, CA – Victor Gielisse, a long-time administrator at The Culinary Institute of America, was the keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies at the CIA’s Greystone campus on September 6. Chef Gielisse—one of 70 Certified Master Chefs in the United States—is currently a partner in the college’s industry consulting division.

“Be true to yourself. Have the confidence to stand up for what you believe, know your voice, and be comfortable in your own skin,” Chef Gielisse told the recipients of associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. “If you do not know who you are and what you stand for, then you will not be able to lead others toward a vision of making a positive impact in our industry. To know how other people behave takes skill and intelligence, but to know yourself takes wisdom.”

Chef Gielisse joined the CIA in 1998 and has served as the college’s vice president of advancement; associate vice president and managing director of CIA Consulting Group; and dean of culinary, baking, and pastry studies. Before coming to the CIA, Gielisse was chef and owner of Actuelle in Dallas, TX and president of the consulting firm CFT/Culinary Fast-Trac and Associates.

The native of the Netherlands is the author of Cuisine Actuelle, In Good Taste: A Contemporary Approach to Cooking and Modern Batch Cookery. Chef Gielisse has chaired the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Competition Committee and is a coach and advisor to ACF Culinary Team USA. He has managed and competed on teams that won the Culinary World Cup and earned gold and silver medals at the Culinary Olympics and Hotelympia.

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Certified Master Chef Victor Gielisse speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone during commencement on September 6, 2019. (Photo credit: Victor M. Samuel/CIA)
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