Graduation June 17, 2018 at 10:00AM CST
Congratulations to the Escoffier Class of 2018!
An Introduction from
Chef Graham Mitchell
"Your graduation is a time for celebration and forward outlook to the next step in your life and career. When you came into this program, we welcomed you to the journey as an ambassador of the Escoffier name. You worked hard, persevered, and overcame obstacles that allowed you to complete that portion of your culinary journey. Congratulations on this vast achievement!"
"I hope you celebrate this success and embrace the infinite possibilities that await. Will you create the next cooking technique or the next piece of modern kitchen technology? Will you implement systems for feeding the hungry or be a part of a new philosophy in ethical and sustainable farming?"
"No matter what, you embody all we know of Chef Escoffier, which is success! As you move forward, all I ask is that you commit to your best every day and hold the Escoffier name high, continuing the legacy he set forth over a hundred years ago. You are the future of this great industry."
Grace, a Michelin awarded restaurant is owned by Chef Curtis Duffy whose culinary mastery has maintained Michelin’s highest three-star rating for the past three consecutive years (2015-2017). Duffy's style is a reflection of his personal taste and drawing upon his wealth of experience. His micro-seasonal cuisine is best described as "thoughtfully progressive" – thoughtful as he puts tremendous time, focus, research and thought into what he creates, and progressive as he utilizes modern techniques to coax the best out of the ingredients. Each dish is an expression of his personality – progressive but grounded – and puts ingredients at the forefront. He continues to source the highest-quality ingredients, allowing flavor to trump technique.
Duffy has earned numerous accolades, including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, and 2016 James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef, Great Lakes" Award. While Duffy continues his culinary evolution, he sits on the advisory board of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts with a $25,000 scholarship in his name. He continues his charitable efforts by volunteering with Grand Chefs Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Greater Illinois Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where he is Chef Chair of the gala, and hosted several dinners at Grace to further the foundation.
Duffy's culinary and philanthropy ethos inducted him into the prestigious Disciples d'Escoffier International, where he will continue to encompass those shared ethos as a Disciple. He currently resides on the north side of Chicago with his two young daughters.
A Word From Our Graduates
Graduates of the Online Culinary Arts Certificate course reflect on their time in the program, the ways it has improved their career aspects and what their graduation day means to them.
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