Alumni Head “Supercool” Restaurant Groups


Restaurant Hospitalitymagazine recently released its list of theTop 25 Multiconcept Companiesin America. Five of the companies honored by the magazine were founded by a CIA graduate and two more have alumni in the top culinary job.
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The editors ofRestaurant Hospitalityreferred to these 25 organizations as “supercool multiconcept restaurant companies that are changing the face of dining in America.”

Those with CIA alumni in top positions are:

  • Charlie Palmer Group Charlie Palmer ’79,founder
  • Richard Sandoval Restaurants Richard Sandoval ’91,chef, founder, and CEO
  • Besh Restaurant Group John Besh ’92,founder and executive chef
  • David Burke Restaurants David Burke ’82,founder and executive chef
  • Bonanno Concepts Frank Bonanno ’96,chef and proprietor
  • Capital Restaurant Concepts Bryan Yealy ’88,corporate chef
  • Sage Restaurant Group Michael Carr-Turnbough ’82,senior vice president of culinary

Published by Stephanie To