Renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) paid a visit to the Hyde Park, N.Y., campus of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). CIA students filled the 800-seat auditorium in the college’s Marriott Pavilion for sessions with Meyer and his team about career opportunities at USHG, his hospitality philosophy, ending tipping in the restaurant industry, careers in wine, and a cooking demonstration with Carmen Quagliata, executive chef of Union Square Café and a 1988 graduate of the CIA.
“The Culinary Institute of America is one of our primary sources for talent at Union Square Hospitality Group,” said USHG Talent Acquisition Manager Jeff Turok, who is a 2011 graduate of the CIA. “CIA students develop a culture of excellence that closely reflects our own, which has resulted in many graduates becoming rising stars within our family of restaurants, bars, and catering company. We currently employ more than 40 managers who have a CIA degree, and even more cooks and servers in our kitchens and dining rooms.”