Five graduates of The Culinary Institute of America were honored at the hip new awards night honoring the best of food and drink in America. The Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards, aka "The Tastys," was held at The Weylin in Brooklyn, NY on September 8.
Hosted by television personality Matty Matheson of Viceland, the awards celebrate the people and organizations inspiring a new generation of eaters and drinkers, with a "focus on culture, innovation, and diversity."
Established and rising CIA graduates who won Taste Talks Awards for 2017:
- Nina Compton, Best New Chef: South (chef/owner of Compère Lapin in New Orleans)
- David Posey, Best New Restaurant: North (chef/co-owner of Elske in Chicago)
- Grant Achatz, Best Service (chef/owner of Alinea in Chicago)
- Christine Langelier, Outstanding Restaurant (general manager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY)
- Anthony Bourdain, Best Food Television Show (host, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown)
Both Posey and Langelier earned their bachelor's degrees in management from the CIA. Also winning an award was honorary alumnus Michael Ruhlman, author of The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at The Culinary Institute of America. His latest release, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, was named Best Food Literature Book.
The CIA was honored at last year's inaugural Taste Talks Awards as the first recipient of the Innovation Award for Best Academic Institution or Organization, and was a nominee again this year. (Southern Foodways Alliance was the 2017 winner in that category.)