November 21st, 2017

CIA Alumni are New “Stars” in Michelin Guides

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Congratulations to four CIA graduates who have been welcomed into the rarified club of chefs and restaurant owners with stars in the Michelin Guides in the United States. Matthew Kirkley, Evan Rich, David Posey, and Eric Ziebold join 35 other CIA graduates holding stars in the guides for New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

In the 2018 guide for San Francisco, Coi was the only new addition among the seven restaurants earning three stars—the highest honor bestowed by Michelin—and Kirkley is the executive chef. Also in San Francisco, graduate Chef Rich is the owner of Rich Table, which earned its first star. Posey, executive chef/owner of Elske in Chicago, and Ziebold, chef/owner of Métier in Washington, achieved their first stars this year as well.

Many more CIA grads have multiple stars they’ve earned over the years. In addition to Kirkley, other three-star alumni include Michael Tusk, chef/owner of Quince in San Francisco; Grant Achatz, chef/owner of Alinea in Chicago; and Chris Muller, culinary director at Le Bernardin in New York City. Two-star graduates are Jung Sik Yim, chef/owner of Jungsik and Lauren DeSteno, corporate executive chef at Marea, both in New York; and Jonathan Black, executive chef of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Former CIA classmates and business partners Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi have a pair of one-star restaurants with Carbone and ZZ’s Clam Bar in New York, as does Stuart Brioza with State Bird Provisions and The Progress in California.

Twenty-six other CIA alumni are chef/owners or executive chefs of one-star restaurants in the four U.S. cities that now have Michelin Guides.

In addition to the honors for graduates, CIA Trustee Thomas Keller has an impressive seven Michelin stars this year, earning three with The French Laundry and another with Bouchon in California, and three more with Per Se in New York.