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Best Chef in the Northeast Speaks to CIA Graduates

Fish & Game’s Zakary Pelaccio Delivers Keynote at CIA Commencement

Hyde Park, NY – Zakary Pelaccio, winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award as Best Chef: Northeast, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on October 21. Pelaccio is co-executive chef and owner of two successful restaurants in Hudson, NY: Fish & Game and Bakar at BackBar.

The Hudson Valley native, who grew up in Scarsdale, is noted for influencing culinary trends like nose-to-tail cooking, gastropubs, and Brooklyn cuisine. With the opening of Fish & Game in 2013, he helped build the dining scene in the city of Hudson. The following year, Fish & Game was a Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in America and it has twice been named to Wine Enthusiast’s list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. Bakar at BackBar opened in summer 2016, influenced by the flavors of Southeast Asia. His second cookbook, Project No. 258—Making Dinner at Fish & Game, is scheduled for publication next year.

Chef Pelaccio spoke to 52 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking & pastry arts. The entire graduation ceremony can be see online.


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Zakary Pelaccio of Fish & Game and Bakar at BackBar in Hudson, NY, delivers the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on October 21, 2016. Chef Pelaccio won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast in 2016. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Media Contact:

Jeff Levine
Communications Manager
845-451-1372
j_levine@culinary.edu


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 Singapore.

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