Acclaimed chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer, a 1979 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), has been elected the 17th Chairman of the Board of the college during board meetings at the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus on Friday, September 14, 2012.
Also joining the board for the first time in 2012 are Tim Curci '87, Richard Sandoval '91, and Joseph Wender.
Chef Palmer is the head of a hospitality empire that includes 13 restaurants and several food-forward wine shops and award-winning boutique hotels in New York City; Washington, DC; Las Vegas and Reno, NV; Dallas, TX; and San Francisco, Orange County, and Sonoma County, CA. His signature progressive American cuisine has earned stars in the Michelin Guide for Aureole in New York City and Las Vegas. Among his many other career accolades, he was a 1998 inductee in the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America" and winner of the James Beard Award as Best Chef in New York City in 1997. He is also the author of four cookbooks.
Charlie Palmer succeeds Richard Bradley, chairman of Bradley Holdings Ltd., who served two years as CIA chairman. Palmer is the second CIA alumnus to hold that position. Cameron Mitchell '86, president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, was CIA chairman from 2008 to 2010.
Tim Curci is the co-founder of Bonefish Grill, which expanded from one restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL in 2000 to become one of the largest seafood chains in the United States with locations in 29 states.
Richard Sandoval is chef and owner of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, with more than two dozen concepts in the United States, Mexico, and the Middle East. His diverse style covers modern Mexican, coastal Mexican, and Latin-Asian cuisines.
Joseph Wender is chairman of the board of directors of Goldman, Sachs & Company. He has been with the firm since 1971 and became a general partner in 1982. He sits on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Helena Hospital near the CIA's Greystone campus in California's Napa Valley.The CIA Board of Trustees consists of 25 highly respected leaders in the foodservice industry and business world. They provide expert governance and guidance for the not-for-profit college, and are not compensated for their services.