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Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni

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

List of famous alumni from Culinary Institute of America, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Culinary Institute of America include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Culinary Institute of America alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Culinary Institute of America 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 Culinary Institute of America.

This list below has a variety of graduates in it, from Anthony Bourdain to Cat Cora.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Culinary Institute of America?” and “Which celebrities are Culinary Institute of America alumni?”
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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter

Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Anthony Michael Bourdain (; June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international ...more

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Cat Cora is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Chef

Age: 51

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967) is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as ...more

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Rocco DiSpirito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Author, Chef

Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Jamaica, New York

Rocco DiSpirito (born November 19, 1966) is an American chef based in New York City.
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Richard Blais is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 47

Birthplace: Uniondale, New York, United States of America

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. ...more

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Grant Achatz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 44

Birthplace: St. Clair, Michigan, United States of America

Grant Achatz (born April 25, 1974) is an American chef and restaurateur often recognized for his contributions to molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. His Chicago restaurant Alinea has ...more
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Michael Symon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Michael Symon TV chef, Chef

Age: 49

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Michael D. Symon (born September 19, 1969) is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. He is of Greek and Sicilian descent. He is seen regularly on Food Network on ...more

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Marcel Vigneron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 38

Birthplace: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Marcel Vigneron is a Celebrity Chef best known for his award winning restaurant and catering company in Los Angeles “Wolf”. Marcel was also the runner-up of second season of Top Chef, which ...more
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Michael Chiarello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Screenwriter, Presenter, Chef

Age: 57

Birthplace: Red Bluff, California, United States of America

Michael Chiarello (born January 26, 1962) is an American celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine. He hosts the cooking show, Easy Entertaining with Michael ...more

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Duff Goldman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Pastry chef, TV chef, Chef

Age: 44

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman (born December 17, 1974) is a pastry chef and television personality. He is the executive chef of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop which was ...more

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Sara Moulton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Sara Moulton (born February 19, 1952) is an American chef, cookbook author and television personality. In an article for The New York Times, Kim Severson described Moulton as "one of the ...more
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Chef Anton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Magician, Chef

Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Chef Anton is the stage name of Anthony S. Riniti, a trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is an award-winning expert with the pool cue, and a noted ...more
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John Besh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Chef

Age: 50

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

John Besh (born May 14, 1968) is an American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author. He is known for his efforts in preserving the culinary heritage of New Orleans ...more

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Marcel Desaulniers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Chef

Age: 74

Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States of America

Marcel Desaulniers (born 1945) is an American chef who was part-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia, a cookbook author, director Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of ...more
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Harold Dieterle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 42

Birthplace: West Babylon, New York, United States of America

Harold Dieterle III (born June 11, 1977 in West Babylon, New York) is an American top chef, best known as the winner of the first season of the Bravo television network's reality television ...more
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David Burke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 56

Birthplace: Hazlet, New Jersey

David Burke (January ) is an American chef and restaurateur, known for his appearance on the reality TV program Iron Chef America.
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David Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 48

Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York

David Carmichael is an American chef, specializing in pastry. Born and raised in New York, he has run several pastry kitchens in many of Manhattan's finest restaurants. He currently works at ...more
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Michael Mina is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 50

Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

Michael Mina (born 1969) 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 ...more
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Roy Yamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 63

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Roy Yamaguchi (born 1956) 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 ...more
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Todd English is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Author

Age: 58

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States of America

William Todd English (born August 29, 1960) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality, based in Boston, Massachusetts. He hosted the TV cooking show, Food ...more
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Alfred Portale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 64

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Alfred Portale (born July 5, 1954) is an American chef, author and restaurateur known as a pioneer in the New American cuisine movement.
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Nate Appleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Age: 40

Birthplace: Greenville, Ohio

Nate Appleman is a 2008 nominee and 2009 JBF Awards winner for the Rising Star Chef.
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Jill Davie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
TV chef, Chef
Jill Davie is the Chef de Cuisine at Josie, a Los Angeles restaurant owned by Josie Le Balch. Davie has worked at Josie Restaurant since its founding in 2001. She has appeared as a prominent ...more
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Michael Paré is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Michael Kevin Paré (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor.
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Michael Ruhlman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Author, Writer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Michael Carl Ruhlman (born July 28, 1963) is an American author, home cook and entrepreneur.He has written 17 books including non-fiction, fiction, memoir, and books on cooking. He has ...more
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Wilo Benet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef

Birthplace: Puerto Rico

Wilo Benet is a Puerto Rican celebrity chef. He is the chef owner of the Pikayo, Varita and Payá restaurants as well as the president and owner of Museum Restaurant Group.