32 Notable alumni of
Culinary Institute of America

Culinary Institute of America is 712th in the world, 273rd in North America, and 253rd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 32 notable alumni from Culinary Institute of America sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Anthony Bourdain

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    Anthony Bourdain
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-2018 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    cookwriternovelistcheftelevision presenter
    Biography

    Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian, who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens during his career, which included many years spent as an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000).

  2. Michael Paré

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    Michael Paré
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    modelfilm actortelevision actorsingerfilm producer
    Biography

    Michael Kevin Paré is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Eddie and the Cruisers (1983), Streets of Fire (1984), and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984).

  3. Geoffrey Zakarian

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    Geoffrey Zakarian
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    chefrestaurateur
    Biography

    Geoffrey Zakarian is an Armenian-American chef, restaurateur, television personality and author. He is the executive chef of several restaurants in New York City, Atlantic City and Miami. He is featured on several television programs on the Food Network, including Chopped and The Next Iron Chef on which, in 2011, he won the right to join Iron Chef America.

  4. Anne Burrell

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    Anne Burrell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Anne W. Burrell is an American chef, television personality, and former instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. She is the host of the Food Network show Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America. She was also one of the Iron Chefs, Mario Batali's sous chefs in the Iron Chef America series and appears on other programs on the network such as The Best Thing I Ever Ate. She was a contestant on the fourth season of The Food Network competition show, The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs being eliminated in episode 6. She was also a contestant on the first season of Chopped All-Stars Tournament, winning the "Food Network Personalities" preliminary round to advance to the final round, where she placed second runner up to Nate Appleman (winner) and Aarón Sanchez. In 2015, Burrell won the fourth installment of the Chopped All-Stars tournament winning $75,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She also hosted the series Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell in 2012–2013.

  5. Grant Achatz

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    Grant Achatz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    chefrestaurateur
    Biography

    Grant Achatz is an American chef and restaurateur often recognized for his contributions to molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. His Chicago restaurant Alinea has won numerous accolades and Achatz himself has won numerous awards from prominent culinary institutions and publications, including the Food and Wine's "best new chefs" award in 1998, "Rising Star Chef of the Year Award" for 1999, "Best Chef in the United States" for 1998 and a 2003 "Who's Who Inductee" from the James Beard Foundation.

  6. Duff Goldman

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    Duff Goldman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman is a pastry chef, television personality, and cookbook author. He is the executive chef of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop which was featured in the Food Network reality television show Ace of Cakes, and his second Los Angeles-based shop Charm City Cakes West, which is featured in Food Network's Duff Till Dawn and "Cake Masters" series. His work has also been featured on the Food Network Challenge, Iron Chef America, Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Man v. Food, Buddy vs. Duff, Duff Takes the Cake, and Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time.

  7. Cat Cora

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    Cat Cora
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Catherine Ann Cora is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates.

  8. Roy Choi

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    Roy Choi
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    chefbusinessperson
    Biography

    Roy Choi is a Korean American chef who gained prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi. Choi is a chef who is celebrated for "food that isn't fancy" and is known as one of the founders of the gourmet food truck movement. In 2019, Choi began presenting a cooking series on Netflix with Jon Favreau titled The Chef Show.

  9. Richard Blais

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    Richard Blais
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Richard Blais is an American chef, television personality, restaurateur and author. He appeared on the reality show cooking show Top Chef, and is known for his take on classic American cuisine. Blais was the runner-up for the fourth season of Top Chef and returned several seasons later to win Top Chef: All-Stars.

  10. Rocco DiSpirito

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    Rocco DiSpirito
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    restaurateurchef
    Biography

    Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.

  11. Maneet Chauhan

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    Maneet Chauhan
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    chefjournalist
    Biography

    Maneet Chauhan is an Indian American chef and television personality of Punjabi origin. Previously the Executive Chef of several notable restaurants in Chicago, Nashville, and New York, she is featured as a judge on Chopped on the Food Network. She has appeared on The Next Iron Chef, on The View on ABC, Iron Chef America, the Today show on NBC, and as a judge on the finale of Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. She has also won the 2021 Food Network competition Tournament of Champions.

  12. Maciej Kuroń

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    Maciej Kuroń
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1960-2008 (aged 48)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Maciej Kuroń, was a Polish journalist and culinary publicist. He was a host of television culinary shows, which made him very popular in Poland. He was the son of Jacek Kuroń.

  13. John Besh

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    John Besh
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    John Besh is an American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author. He is known for his efforts in preserving the culinary heritage of New Orleans cuisine.

  14. Johnny Iuzzini

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    Johnny Iuzzini
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Johnny Iuzzini /u-zee-nee/ is an American pastry chef, television celebrity and cookbook author. He resides in New York City. He is a 1994 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and served as executive pastry chef at Daniel from 2001 through 2002, and at Jean Georges from 2002 through 2011. Iuzzini is author of two cookbooks, and was a judge on the first three seasons of The Great American Baking Show in 2017; however, on November 29, 2017, Iuzzini was accused of sexual harassment by four former employees, and the third season of The Great American Baking Show was pulled after one episode.

  15. Ilan Hall

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    Ilan Hall
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Ilan D. Hall is an American chef. He won second season of Top Chef and is owner-chef of Ramen Hood in Los Angeles.

  16. Michael Mina

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    Michael Mina
    Born in
    Egypt Flag Egypt
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    restaurateurchef
    Biography

    Michael Mina is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the founder of the Mina Group, a restaurant management company operating over 40 restaurants worldwide. He is the executive chef at his two namesake restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas, which each have earned a star in the Michelin Guide. He authored his first cookbook in 2006 and has made numerous television appearances.

  17. Michael Chiarello

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    Michael Chiarello
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Michael Chiarello is an American celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine. He hosts the cooking show, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, on the Food Network and hosts NapaStyle on the Fine Living Network. Chiarello owns a winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Bottega Ristorante and NapaStyle, a purveyor of food, cookware, and furniture in Yountville, and was a competitor on the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef. In spring 2013, Michael opened Coqueta, a tapas restaurant on San Francisco's waterfront. In March 2016, two former employees filed lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and labor law violations; the sexual harassment lawsuit was settled in 2017.

  18. Spike Mendelsohn

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    Spike Mendelsohn
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Evangelos Spiros "Spike" Mendelsohn is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur best known as the fifth-place finisher of the fourth season of Top Chef, which aired 2008–2009. He is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants: Good Stuff Eatery, Santa Rosa Taqueria, and We, The Pizza in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2017, Mendelsohn closed his restaurant Béarnaise in Washington's Capitol Hill and opened Santa Rosa Taqueria in its place. In 2019, Mendelsohn opened PLNT Burger, a vegan restaurant featuring Beyond Meat, inside Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  19. Roy Yamaguchi

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    Roy Yamaguchi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Roy Yamaguchi is a Japanese-American celebrity chef, restaurateur and founder of a collection of restaurants including 30 Roy's Restaurants in the United States and Guam, the Tavern by Roy Yamaguchi and Eating House 1849. He is one of the founding members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement.

  20. Michael Colameco

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    Michael Colameco
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Michael "Mike" Colameco is an American chef, author, and media personality. A 45-year veteran of the restaurant industry, he is the host and producer for Mike Colameco’s Real Food television show, retooled from the original 3-part series “The Food Dude.” Since 2006, he has hosted a live weekly radio show called Food Talk. Colameco is a long time contributor to Saveur, Edible Manhattan, Edible New Jersey, Snooth, and Guitar Aficionado magazines and in 2009, he published Mike Colameco's Food Lover's Guide to New York City with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  21. Gary Danko

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    Gary Danko
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Gary Danko is an American chef. He combines French, Mediterranean, and American styles into his cooking. He is best known for his eponymous restaurant in San Francisco, California.

  22. Joseph Johnson

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    Joseph Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Joseph 'JJ' Johnson is a James Beard Foundation Book Award winning chef and author best known for cooking the food of the African Diaspora. He is a Chef on Buzzfeed’s Tasty platform and a television host on Just Eats with Chef JJ airing on TV One’s new network Cleo TV.

  23. Greggy Soriano

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    Greggy Soriano
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Gregory Paul Soriano also known as Greggy Soriano, is a YouTuber, content creator, chef, and cake designer. He is the star of the reality television show, Cakezilla on TLC (Asia), which premiered on July 25, 2018. He is known for being in the first season of Cake Boss: Next Great Baker on TLC. Soriano is a reality television personality. He was cast as "Greggy, The Self Proclaimed Gaysian" on Beauty and the Geek Season 5 on The CW Television Network.

  24. Alfred Portale

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    Alfred Portale
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Alfred Portale is an American chef, author and restaurateur known as a pioneer in the New American cuisine movement.

  25. Francis Lam

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    Francis Lam
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Francis Lam is an American food journalist, cookbook editor, and since 2017 the host of American Public Media's The Splendid Table.

  26. L. Timothy Ryan

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    L. Timothy Ryan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Lawrence Timothy Ryan is an American chef and the fifth and current president of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Ryan, a Certified Master Chef, graduated from the CIA in 1977 and joined the school's faculty in 1982, and later moved to administration before heading the education division. In 2001, he became the first CIA alumnus and faculty member to become president of the college, in 2001. Prior to returning to the CIA as a faculty member, he spent five years as a chef in different aspects of the culinary industry. Ryan has received numerous accolades throughout his career from the American Culinary Federation, James Beard Foundation, and various other organizations.

  27. Bradley Ogden

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    Bradley Ogden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Bradley Ogden is a Traverse City, Michigan chef who manages Bradley Ogden Hospitality.

  28. Thomas McNaughton

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    Thomas McNaughton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    restaurateurchef
    Biography

    Thomas McNaughton is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer. He is the chef and owner of flour+water, central kitchen and salumeria in San Francisco, California.

  29. Rob Zerban

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    Rob Zerban
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    Rob Zerban is an entrepreneur, former Kenosha County Supervisor, and Congressional candidate. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Zerban's campaign for the United States House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014 largely focused on protecting Social Security and Medicare, his experience running two businesses, and bringing green industry to Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. Zerban is active in national, state and local politics.

  30. Gabe Kennedy

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    Gabe Kennedy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Gabriel "Gabe" Kennedy is an American entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Plant People, a cannabis wellness brand. Gabe is also a Chef, world traveler, TV host and Environmental Advocate. Gabe is best known for his innovative consumer product lines, specifically with cannabis, adaptogenic herbs and nootropics as well as his advocacy for sustainable and regenerative agriculture movements.

  31. Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

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    Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    chef
    Biography

    Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is a Peruvian chef who has worked to highlight the foods of the Amazon jungle and Amazonian cuisine. Schiaffino's restaurant in Lima, Peru is called Malabar. He is also executive chef aboard the M/V Aqua. Schiaffino is known as the "jungle chef" and has been compared to René Redzepi.

  32. Brandon Chrostowski

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    Brandon Chrostowski
    Occupations
    cook
    Biography

    Brandon Chrostowski is an American chef, restaurateur, and politician currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the founder, president, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a 501(3) non-profit organization that acts as both a French restaurant and a culinary institute located in Cleveland's Shaker Square. It trains and is staffed largely by former prison inmates and was the subject of the 2017 Academy Award-nominated documentary short, Knife Skills. Chrostowski is also a certified sommelier and a fromager. He ran for Mayor of Cleveland in 2017.