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Who: Anthony Bourdain A 1978 graduate of the (Credit: AP)

Who: Anthony Bourdain

A 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Anthony Bourdain has had a successful career as a chef, author and TV celebrity. He is perhaps known best for his 2000 book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." Bourdain is also the host of two shows on the Travel Channel, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "The Layover." (Feb. 13, 2012)

Notable alumni from the Culinary Institute of America

Here are some of the famous chefs who attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, located in Dutchess County.

Who: David Burke A graduate of the Culinary
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Who: David Burke

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, David Burke is best known for his namesake restaurants in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Among his famous restaurants are the David Burke Kitchen at the James Hotel in downtown Manhattan, the David Burke Townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side and David Burke Primehouse in Chicago. (Feb. 13, 2012)

Who: Walter Scheib A 1979 graduate of the
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Who: Walter Scheib

A 1979 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Walter Scheib served as executive chef of the White House from 1994 to 2005. Scheib is highly regarded for his creation of a distinctly American cuisine at the White House. Before serving in the White House, Scheib was executive chef at the Greenbrier Resort. Since leaving the White House, Scheib has written a cookbook, "The American Chef," and has formed a corporation of the same name to promote his cooking classes and other special events. (Aug. 27, 2003)

Who: Marcel Vigneron Culinary Institute of America graduate
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Who: Marcel Vigneron

Culinary Institute of America graduate Marcel Vigneron is a chef best known as the runner-up in the second season of "Top Chef"on Bravo, losing to fellow Culinary Institute graduate Ilan Hall. In 2011, Vigneron starred in his own television show on the Syfy cable network called "Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen," opening a molecular gastronomy catering company. (March 30, 2011)

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Who: Amanda Freitag A 1993 graduate of the
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Who: Amanda Freitag

A 1993 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Amanda Freitag has established herself in the New York restaurant scene and is a frequent guest on the Food Network. Freitag is a judge on the culinary game show "Chopped" on the Food Network. She also appeared on the Food Network show "Iron Chef America," competing against and nearly besting celebrity chef Bobby Flay. (Oct. 1, 2011)

Who: Roy Yamaguchi Culinary Institute of America graduate
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Who: Roy Yamaguchi

Culinary Institute of America graduate Roy Yamaguchi is a celebrity chef best known for his restaurant Roy’s, with more than 30 locations in the United States after the first opened in Hawaii in 1988. His unique mix of Eastern, Western and Polynesian fare also is enjoyed in restaurants in Japan and Guam. (Oct. 13, 2004)

Who: Charlie Palmer A 1977 graduate of the
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Who: Charlie Palmer

A 1977 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Charlie Palmer is best known for his award-winning namesake restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak in Las Vegas. He also owns Aureole in Las Vegas and its sister restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Palmer has also appeared as a guest judge on the Bravo show "Top Chef." (Feb 2, 2012)

Who: Michael Mina A 1989 graduate of the
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Who: Michael Mina

A 1989 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Mina (at right in photo) is a successful author, celebrity chef and restaurateur. He is the executive chef at restaurants bearing his name in San Francisco and Las Vegas. He also is a partner with Andre Agassi in Mina Group, a restaurant management company that owns several restaurants in the United States and Mexico. (Oct. 13, 2011)

Who: Steve Ells A 1990 graduate of the
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Who: Steve Ells

A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Steve Ells is best known as the founder and chairman of Chipotle Mexican Grill, which he founded in 1993. In 2010, he was added to the panel of the NBC series "America’s Next Great Restaurant." (Jan 13, 2011)

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Who: Rocco DiSpirito A 1986 graduate of the
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Who: Rocco DiSpirito

A 1986 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Rocco DiSpirito is known for his Italian-American cuisine and innovative fusion cooking. DiSpirito was the star of the NBC reality show "The Restaurant" in 2003 and 2004. He also hosted a TV show called "Rocco Gets Real" on A&E in 2008. In 2011, DiSpirito debuted as host of "Rocco’s Dinner Party," a weekly reality TV cooking competition on Bravo. (March 30, 2011)

Who: Michael Chiarello A 1982 graduate of the
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Who: Michael Chiarello

A 1982 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Chiarello has received accolades for specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine. Chiarello hosts the cooking show "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello" on the Food Network. He finished in third place on the fourth season of "The Next Iron Chef" on the Food Network. (Oct. 1, 2011)

Who: Harold Dieterle A 1997 graduate of the
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Who: Harold Dieterle

A 1997 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Harold Dieterle became famous after winning the competition during the first season of "Top Chef" on Bravo. Following his "Top Chef" triumph, he opened his first restaurant, Perilla, in Manhattan's West Village in 2007. In 2010, he also opened a Thai restaurant called Kin Shop in the West Village. (March 13, 2006)

Who: Grant Achatz A 1994 graduate of the
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Who: Grant Achatz

A 1994 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Grant Achatz has become one of the leading chefs of progressive cuisine. Achatz has won several awards from some of the most prominent culinary publications and institutions, including “Best Chef in the United States” for 2008 from the James Beard Foundation. His restaurant Alinea is considered one of America’s top restaurants since opening in 2005 in Chicago. (April 26, 2011)

Who: Nate Appleman Culinary Institute of America graduate
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Who: Nate Appleman

Culinary Institute of America graduate Nate Appleman is an award-winning chef who is one of the leading consultants for Chipotle Mexican Grill, founded by Culinary Institute alum Steve Ells. Appleman was the executive chef at A16 in San Francisco and Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria in Manhattan's Nolita district. He also has appeared on the "Next Iron Chef" and "Chopped: All Stars" on the Food Network. (Sept. 26, 2009)

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Who: Anthony Bourdain A 1978 graduate of the
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Who: Anthony Bourdain

A 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Anthony Bourdain has had a successful career as a chef, author and TV celebrity. He is perhaps known best for his 2000 book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." Bourdain is also the host of two shows on the Travel Channel, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "The Layover." (Feb. 13, 2012)

Who: Kerry Simon Culinary Institute of America graduate
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Who: Kerry Simon

Culinary Institute of America graduate Kerry Simon, whose nickname is “Rock and Roll Chef,” was given the title by Rolling Stone magazine. He is the executive chef and owner of his namesake restaurant Simon in Las Vegas. He also operates restaurants in Los Angeles and Atlantic City, N.J. Simon has appeared on "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network and Gordon Ramsay’s "Hell’s Kitchen" on Fox. (June 8, 2011)

Who: Susan Feniger Culinary Institute of America graduate
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Who: Susan Feniger

Culinary Institute of America graduate Susan Feniger is considered to be one of the leading authorities on Latin cuisine in the United States. An award-winning chef, Feniger opened her own multi-ethnic eatery of “street food” called Street in Hollywood in 2009. She also has published five cookbooks and starred in the popular "Too Hot Tamales" and "Tamales World Tour" on the Food Network in the 1990s. (Sept. 4, 2010)

Who: Bryan Voltaggio A 1999 graduate of the
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Who: Bryan Voltaggio

A 1999 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Bryan Voltaggio gained fame as the runner-up of the sixth season of "Top Chef"on Bravo. Voltaggio is co-owner and executive chef of Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Md., which the James Beard nominated as Best New Restaurant in 2009. (Oct. 24, 2011)

Who: Sara Moulton A 1977 graduate of the
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Who: Sara Moulton

A 1977 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Sara Moulton is a food editor for "Good Morning America" on ABC. Moulton hosts "Sara’s Weeknight Meals," a cooking show on PBS. She hosted three cooking shows on the Food Network from 1996 to 2005, becoming one of the stars of the network during its first decade. (Nov. 24, 2010)

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Who: Hung Huynh A 2002 graduate of the
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Who: Hung Huynh

A 2002 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hung Huynh rose to prominence as the winner of the third season of "Top Chef" on Bravo. Born in Vietnam, Huynh began his culinary training as a young boy in his immigrant parents’ Vietnamese restaurant in Pittsfield, Mass. He is the executive chef of the restaurant Catch in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. (March 10, 2008)

Who: Ilan Hall A 2002 graduate of the
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Who: Ilan Hall

A 2002 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ilan Hall gained celebrity status as the winner of the second season of "Top Chef" on Bravo. In August 2009, Hall opened his first restaurant, The Gorbals, in downtown Los Angeles. (Feb. 25, 2008)

Who: Todd English A 1990 graduate of the
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Who: Todd English

A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Todd English has established himself as an elite chef and restaurateur in Boston. English is renowned for his restaurant Olives, with locations in Boston and Las Vegas. He also hosts a cooking show, "Food Trip with Todd English," on PBS. English is also the lead chef for Delta Air Lines. (Oct. 12, 2011)

Who: Anne Burrell A 1996 graduate of the
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Who: Anne Burrell

A 1996 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Anne Burrell has become one of the most successful television chefs on the Food Network. She is the host of "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" and co-host of "Worst Cooks in America." She also has appeared in the "Iron Chef America" series and "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network. (Feb. 8, 2012)

Who: Michael Symon A 1990 graduate of the
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Who: Michael Symon

A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Symon is a renowned chef, TV celebrity and author. He appears on the Food Network on "Iron Chef America," "Food Feuds" and "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." He also can be seen on "The Chew" on ABC. He is the chef and owner of number of restaurants in the Cleveland area, including Lola, Lolita and The B Spot. He also owns Michael Symon's Roast (also known as Roast) in Detroit. (Feb. 24, 2012)

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Who: Andrew Carmellini A 1991 graduate of the
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Who: Andrew Carmellini

A 1991 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Andrew Carmellini is considered one of the most beloved Italian food chefs in America. He is the chef and partner of two New York City restaurants, Locanda Verde at Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel and The Dutch, located in SoHo. Carmellini also has published two cookbooks, "Urban Italian: True Stories and Simple recipes from a Life In Food," in 2008, and "American Flavor," in 2011. (Feb. 24, 2012)

Who: Cat Cora A 1995 graduate of the
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Who: Cat Cora

A 1995 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Cat Cora has established herself as an elite chef and humanitarian. She was also a co-host of the Food Network show "Kitchen Accomplished." In 2005, Cora co-founded Chefs for Humanity, a coalition of chefs and culinary professionals with a goal of raising funds and providing resources for humanitarian assistance, nutritional awareness and hunger-related programs throughout the planet. (Feb. 26, 2012)

Who: John Besh A 1992 graduate of the
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Who: John Besh

A 1992 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, John Besh has established himself as one of nation's top chefs. Food & Wine magazine named Besh one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America in 1999. Besh battled seven renowned chefs in the opening season of the Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef," finishing second to fellow Culinary Institute graduate Michael Symon. (Feb. 18, 2012)

Who: Richard Blais A 1998 graduate of the
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Who: Richard Blais

A 1998 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Richard Blais has established himself as one of America's top chefs. Blais was the winner of the television cooking competition "Top Chef: All-Stars" and was the runner-up of the fourth season of "Top Chef"on Bravo. (Feb. 15, 2012)

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