Friday, March 5, 2010

CIA to host fourth annual Leadership Awards

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) will host its fourth annual CIA Leadership Awards in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 18. The CIA created the Augie Awards, named for Auguste Escoffier, in 2007 to celebrate success and achievement of the foodservice industry's best and brightest.

The Chef of the Year Award is being given to Eric Ripert, partner and chef of Le Bernardin in New York City. The Alumna of the Year Award will be presented to Cat Cora (1995), executive chef of Bon App├ętit magazine and the only female Iron Chef in the history of the Food Network's "Iron Chef America." The Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to Chris Muller (1988), the chef de cuisine at Le Bernardin.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the college's scholarship endowment. For more information, visit