Rocco DiSpirito ’86, Host Rocco’s Dinner Party

Rocco DiSpirito'86, Host Rocco's Dinner Party

Chef DiSpirito opened his premier restaurant, Union Pacific, in 1997 in New York City to widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times gave the restaurant a three-star rating in 1998, saying, "Mr. DiSpirito seems to think about flavor in ways that ordinary people don't." In 2002, Union Pacific earned a second three-star review from the New York Observer. In addition to his position at Union … [Read more...]

Cat Cora ’95 Iron Chef, Executive Chef Bon Appetit, Restaurateur, and Author

Cat Cora '95

Cat Cora is known around the world as the only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. It was her culinary expertise and flair that enabled her to join the ranks of such Iron Chef luminaries as Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimoto. As executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine, Cat brings that talent to bear every day. In November 2006, Bon Appetit bestowed her with their … [Read more...]

Michael Chiarello ’82 Chef, Vintner, TV Host, Entrepreneur

Michael Chiarello '82, Founder of Napa Style

Michael Chiarello is the tastemaker behind NapaStyle and Chiarello Family Vineyards. He was chef/owner of the former Tra Vigne Restaurant, and is now the successful owner of the Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, CA and the recently opened Coqueta on Pier Five in San Francisco. In addition, he is an Emmy-winning Food Network and Fine Living Network personality and cookbook author. Over his … [Read more...]

Anne Burrell ’96 Chef and Television Host

Anne Burrell ’96 Chef and Television Host

With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell eliminates the intimidation of restaurant dishes and reveals concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food Network series, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Chef Burrell has also worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and battled … [Read more...]

Anthony Bourdain ’78 Chef, Author, and Host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain ’78 Chef-at-Large Les Halles, Host No Reservations

Anthony Bourdain is the chef-at-large at New York City's Les Halles, a lively Parisian-style brasserie serving the everyday cuisine of France. Chef Bourdain began his culinary career with a summer job as a dishwasher in Provincetown, MA while attending Vassar College. By the end of the summer, he had been reassigned to a cooking station and realized he would need more refined skills to keep up … [Read more...]

Jasper White ’76, Chef and Owner of Summer Shack Restaurants

Jasper White '76, Chef and Owner of Summer Shack Restaurants

Jasper White is the acclaimed chef behind the renowned Jasper's Restaurant, a Boston, MA landmark famous for seafood and other New England specialties that opened in 1983 on Boston's waterfront. In May 2000, Chef White surprised people who thought he was inextricably linked with upscale cuisine with the opening of his new restaurant, Jasper White's Summer Shack, in Cambridge, MA. It only took a … [Read more...]

Richard Sandoval ’91, Owner of Modern Mexican Restaurants

Richard Sandoval '91, Owner of Moder Mexican Restaurants

As chef and owner of Modern Mexican Restaurants, Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors of Mexico to the world. The international restaurant group has more than a dozen locations in the United States, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. Growing up in Mexico City, the young Richard and his family would gather at his grandmother's table each Sunday for large, lively meals. He would often … [Read more...]

Charlie Palmer ’79 Chef, Restaurateur, and Founder of The Charlie Palmer Group

Charlie Palmer '77, Chef and Restauranteur

One of the most highly regarded chefs in America today, Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature "Progressive American" cuisine, a style which reinterprets classic European cooking using American artisanal products and small farm producers. Beginning in 1988 with the opening of Aureole in New York, Charlie has combined his creative cooking spirit with his flair for … [Read more...]

Enrique Olvera ’99, Owner of Pujol

Enrique Olvera ‘ 99, Owner of Pujol

Enrique Olvera is chef/owner of Pujol, widely recognized as one of Mexico's most interesting and creative gastronomic destinations. At the helm of this celebrated restaurant, Chef Olvera is a key participant in the Mexican culinary avant-garde that in recent years has raised that nation's cuisine to the highest and most demanding international standards. Chef Olvera was born in Mexico City but … [Read more...]

Bradley Ogden ’77, Co-founder and Culinary Advisory, Lark Creek Group

Bradley M. Ogden set the stage for his accomplished career at the CIA, graduating with honors and receiving the Richard T. Keating Award as the student most likely to succeed. Within two years, he was hired as sous chef at the American Restaurant in Kansas City and was promoted to executive chef only six months later. In 1983, Chef Ogden moved to San Francisco as executive chef of the newly … [Read more...]