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Tokyo Chef-Restaurateur Davis Myers Inspires Graduates of the CIA Singapore

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Graduates of the CIA Singapore flank commencement speaker David Myers during ceremonies at the college on 16 September 2014. (Photo credit: CIA/Dazale Choy)
Graduates of the CIA Singapore flank commencement speaker David Myers during ceremonies at the college on 16 September 2014. (Photo credit: CIA/Dazale Choy)

Eve Felder
Managing Director—CIA Singapore
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Singapore, 19 September 2014 – David Myers, chef and owner of two restaurants in Tokyo’s Ginza Mitsukoshi shopping center, delivered the commencement address to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Singapore on Tuesday, 16 September. Myers advised 41 new bachelor’s degree recipients preparing to embark on exciting careers in the restaurant and hospitality world to know both their strengths and shortcomings.

“Your time here at the CIA has given you exposure to many disciplines: cuisine, the arts, business, financials, and creative thinking,” said Chef Myers, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2003. “You have also had time to acquire an understanding of which of those components you are best at and for which you truly have a passion…Surround yourself with people who complement your skills and possess the strengths that you do not have.”

Myers opened several restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas before setting his sights on Japan, where he opened the high-end pâtisserie Sola and the California-inspired David Myers Café in 2010. He is expanding to Singapore in early 2015, with a restaurant and bar set to open at the Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel.

“The field we have chosen constantly tests our determination, our creative tenacity, and our stamina. But we love it. We wouldn’t do anything else,” Myers said.

This is the third graduation ceremony at The Culinary Institute of America’s international campus, which opened in 2010. These graduates began their CIA studies in 2012 after completing a three-year diploma programme in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology. Credits from previous business management courses transferred, allowing students to complete their four-year degree with two years of the CIA’s unparalleled hands-on culinary training and certain required liberal arts courses.

About The Culinary Institute of America

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Singapore Institute of Technology
Established in 2009, SIT is an institution funded by the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programmes primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world's top industry-focused degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education.  SIT has been slated to become the fifth public university in Singapore by the government.

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