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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
Anthony Bourdain Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, ...more

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Cat Cora is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Cat Cora TV chef, Chef Catherine Ann "Cat" Cora 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
Rocco DiSpirito TV chef, Author, Chef Rocco DiSpirito 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
Richard Blais Chef Richard Blais, perhaps most recognizable as winner of Top Chef All Stars, is known for his innovative take on classic American cuisine. He is an American chef, reality show contestant, ...more

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Grant Achatz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Grant Achatz Chef Grant Achatz is an American chef and restaurateur often identified as one of the leaders in molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. His Chicago restaurant Alinea has won numerous accolades, ...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 Michael D. Symon is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. He is seen regularly on Food Network on shows such as Iron Chef ...more

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Marcel Vigneron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Marcel Vigneron Chef Marcel Vigneron is an American chef best known as the runner-up of the second season of Top Chef, which aired 2006–2007, placing behind Ilan Hall. In 2011, he had his own television program on ...more

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Michael Chiarello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Michael Chiarello Screenwriter, Presenter, Chef 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 ...more

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Duff Goldman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Duff Goldman Pastry chef, TV chef, Chef Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman is a pastry chef and television personality. He is the executive chef of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop which was featured in the Food Network ...more

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Sara Moulton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Sara Moulton TV chef, Author, Writer Sara Moulton is an American chef, cookbook author and television personality. She was the on-air food editor for Good Morning America, a morning news-and-talk show broadcast on the ABC ...more

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Chef Anton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Chef Anton Magician, Chef 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
John Besh TV chef, Chef John Besh is an American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author.

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

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Harold Dieterle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Harold Dieterle Chef Harold Dieterle III is an American chef, best known as the winner of the first season of the Bravo television network's reality television series Top Chef. His signature dish is spicy duck ...more

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David Burke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
David Burke Chef David Burke 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
David Carmichael Chef 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
Michael Mina Chef Michael Mina is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the founder of the Mina Group, a restaurant management company operating 18 concept restaurants. He is the ...more

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Roy Yamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Roy Yamaguchi Chef Roy Yamaguchi is a celebrity chef, restaurteur 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 ...more

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Todd English is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Todd English Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Author William Todd English is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He is best known for his restaurant, Olives, ...more

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Alfred Portale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Alfred Portale Chef Alfred Portale 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
Nate Appleman Chef 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
Jill Davie 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
Michael Paré Actor Michael Kevin Paré is an American actor.

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Michael Ruhlman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Michael Ruhlman Author, Writer Michael Carl Ruhlman is an American author, home cook and entrepreneur. He has written 21 books of mostly nonfiction, the best known of which have been in collaboration with American chefs.

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Wilo Benet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Wilo Benet Chef 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.

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Ilan Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Ilan Hall Television producer, Chef Ilan D. Hall is an American chef, best known as the winner of the second season of the Bravo television network's reality series Top Chef.

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Alex García is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Alex García Chef Alex García is a Cuban American chef who helped popularize a version of Cuban food at several New York City restaurants and on the Food Network. Born in Havana, García attended ...more

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Walter Scheib is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Walter Scheib Chef Walter S. Scheib III was the White House executive chef from 1994 until 2005. Scheib is known for his creation of a distinctly American cuisine for the White House. He was responsible in this ...more

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Anne Burrell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Anne Burrell Chef Anne W. Burrell is an American chef, TV personality, and was an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City until 2007. She is the host of the Food Network show Secrets Of ...more

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David Adjey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
David Adjey Chef David Adjey is a Canadian chef known for his appearances on the Food Network Canada show Restaurant Makeover. Adjey appeared on the season 7 premiere episode of Iron Chef America which ...more

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Scott Conant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Scott Conant Chef Scott Conant is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author.

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Kerry Simon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Kerry Simon Chef Kerry Simon is an American celebrity chef and restaurateur based in Las Vegas. Simon is also known by the moniker "Rock n' Roll Chef", given to him by Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the ...more

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Steve Ells is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Steve Ells Businessperson, Chef Steve Ells is the founder, Co-CEO, and Chairman of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Ells founded Chipotle in 1993 and under his direction the chain serves what it describes as "naturally raised ...more

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Michael Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Michael Smith Chef Michael Dixon Smith is a Canadian chef and writer, host of The Inn Chef, Chef at Home, Chef at Large, Chef Michael's Kitchen, Chef Abroad, and Chopped: Canada.

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Spike Mendelsohn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Spike Mendelsohn Chef Spike Mendelsohn is an American chef in Washington, DC and was a contestant during the fourth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show.

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Dean Fearing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Dean Fearing Chef William Dean Fearing is an American chef known as "The Father of Southwestern Cuisine." He was executive chef for 20 years at Dallas' The Mansion on Turtle Creek, leaving in 2007 to ...more

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Larry Forgione is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Larry Forgione Larry Forgione is a 1997 JBF Awards winner for the Food of the Americas.

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Christina Machamer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Christina Machamer Chef Christina Machamer is an American chef who won the fourth season of Fox Network's reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen. She was awarded the position of "Senior Sous Chef" at Gordon ...more

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Rick Moonen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Rick Moonen Chef Rick Moonen is a celebrated seafood chef and an early champion of sustainable fishing practices. Moonen graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America and then went on to ...more

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Kelly Liken is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Kelly Liken Chef Kelly Liken is an American chef and restaurant owner. She has appeared as a contestant on the television shows Top Chef, and Iron Chef America.

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Rajat Parr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Rajat Parr Sommelier Rajat Parr is an Indian-American sommelier, who oversees the wine program of the Michael Mina restaurant group.

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George Morrone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
George Morrone Chef George Morrone is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. Morrone attended The Culinary Institute of America at the urging of his mentor, John Kutrovacz. He was the founding chef at ...more

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Tina Pickett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Tina Pickett Tina L. Pickett is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 110th District who was elected in 2000. She currently serves on the House Agriculture and Rural ...more

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Bryan Voltaggio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Bryan Voltaggio Chef Bryan Voltaggio is an American chef residing in Frederick, Maryland. He received an AOS in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America and was mentored by chef Charlie Palmer. He is the ...more

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Charlie Palmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Charlie Palmer Chef Charlie Palmer is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, hotel owner and author. Palmer is known for his progressive American style of cooking and entrepreneurship.

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Dan Coudreaut is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Dan Coudreaut Chef Dan Coudreaut, better known to his colleagues as "Chef Dan", served as the Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Innovation at McDonald's, a position which he has served in ...more

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L. Timothy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
L. Timothy Ryan Lawrence Timothy Ryan is a Certified Master Chef and the current president of The Culinary Institute of America. Ryan graduated the CIA in 1977 and joined the school's faculty in 1982, and later ...more

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Jérôme Bocuse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
Jérôme Bocuse Chef Jérôme Bocuse is a French chef who is on the board of directors of the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation as vice-president, and son of Paul Bocuse. Along with chefs Thomas Keller and ...more

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Jim Loper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Culinary Institute Of America Alumni
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