Hyde Park, NY– The National Restaurant Association on Wednesday presented its 2011 Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award recognizing programs at the CIA’s campus in San Antonio.
CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan and San Antonio entrepreneur and philanthropist Kit Goldsbury shared a dream they call “El Sueño” — a dream of a future where Latino chefs have greater opportunities in the food world.
“One of the major aspects of the dream is to provide a world class culinary education to young Latinos, so they can rise through the ranks of the industry to leadership—and hopefully ownership—positions,” Dr. Ryan said. “The second part of the dream is our desire to elevate the quality and exposure the American dining public has to the depth and breadth of all forms of Latino foods.”
Mr. Goldsbury donated $35 million to the CIA to help the dream become a reality. That happened when The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio officially became the college’s third campus in 2008 and opened expanded facilities there two years later.
The CIA San Antonio now offers an associate degree program based on the same proven curriculum offered at the college’s main campus in Hyde Park, NY. In addition, the facilities include the Center for Foods of the Americas, where chef-researchers document and teach traditional cooking methods of Mexico and Latin America for professionals and food enthusiasts.
The National Restaurant Association presented the CIA and Goldsbury’s Silver Ventures investment firm with its Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award during its 2011 Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC.
“The accomplishments of the CIA in helping young students achieve better education and career options are admirable and inspiring. Their action exemplifies what is best about our industry and the many opportunities it provides,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
Since the CIA San Antonio opened, it has graduated 180 students from its culinary arts program, with many choosing to continue their degree education by transferring to the Hyde Park campus.
“We can make a real difference and help young Latinos assume positions of leadership and ownership, and we’re quite confident that will happen,” Dr. Ryan said.
For more information about the National Restaurant Association Inspiration Award, and a complete list of 2011 Faces of Diversity Award winners, visit www.restaurant.org/diversity.