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List Rules People on this list must have gone to California Culinary Academy and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from California Culinary Academy, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from California Culinary Academy include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished California Culinary Academy alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended California Culinary Academy are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from California Culinary Academy.

This list has a variety of graduates, like Charlie Trotter and Jerry Traunfeld, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California Culinary Academy?” and “Which celebrities are California Culinary Academy alumni?”
Charlie Trotter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California Culinary Academy Alumni
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Charles "Charlie" Trotter was an American chef and restaurateur. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 54 (1959-2013)

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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Alessandro Stratta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California Culinary Academy Alumni
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Alessandro Stratta is a celebrity chef and restaurateur of mixed Italian and French heritage. Stratta played the role of Iron Chef Italian on the television show Iron Chef USA. He was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Southwest in 1998 and was executive chef and owner of his famous namesake restaurant, Alex, in Las Vegas until its closure on January 15, 2011. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and became a cancer survivor. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 53

Birthplace: Marquette, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Juan-Carlos Cruz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California Culinary Academy Alumni
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Juan-Carlos Cruz is a celebrity chef and the former host of Calorie Commando and Weighing In on the Food Network. Cruz lost 43 pounds on the Discovery Health Channel show Discovery Health Body Challenge, which encouraged him to change directions from being a pastry chef to do low-calorie cooking. Cruz graduated in 1993 from the California Culinary Academy. In 1994 he started working at the Stanford Park Hotel as a pastry chef. In 1996, he started as pastry sous-chef at the Hotel Bel Air. While at the Bel Air he created pastries for celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts. In 2001, he started the website Pastrydude.com. The site is no longer active and the domain ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 56

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Jerry Traunfeld is an American chef and author who served as the executive chef of The Herbfarm restaurant in Woodinville, Washington from July 1990 to November 2007. Prior to that he was the executive chef of the Alexis Hotel in Seattle and a pastry chef at Jeremiah Tower's Stars in San Francisco. Traunfeld was the 2000 winner of the James Beard Award for "Best American Chef: Northwest and Hawaii." He is the author of The Herbfarm Cookbook, Simon and Schuster, and The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrace and Flavor, Harper Collins. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Splendid Table and other American television and radio programs. Traunfeld is a native ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: New York, United States of America

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