The Culinary Institute of America held its annual Leadership Awards event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City this year on April 28.

Taylor Shellfish Farms was honored to attend and donated a unique shellfish dinner for six personally prepared by a private chef in the winner’s home to the pre-dinner silent auction.

Celebrity chefs from around the country joined CEOs, culinary entrepreneurs, and food industry leaders who were part of a capacity crowd of more than 600. They were all there to support four icons of New York dining who helped make New York world-class restaurant scene that it is today, and watch them receive their Augie Awards™.

The 2016 honorees were:

Albert Kumin, Legendary Pastry Chef and Educator

Sirio Maccioni, Restaurateur (represented by his wife, Egidiana Maccioni, and son, Marco).

Mimi Sheraton, Famed Writer and Food Critic

André Soltner, Master Chef

Named for the great French Chef Auguste Escoffier, the Augie Awards were created by the CIA in 2007 to honor the members of the Hospitality Industry who exemplify the traits as embodied by these acclaimed selectees.  

Hyde Park Campus, New York

Greystone Campus, St Helena, California

San Antonio Campus, Texas

This year over $1 million was raised. “This was one of the most dramatic and successful of all of our fund-raising events,” said Dr. Victor Gielisse, vice president of advancement and business development at the CIA.

Thirty current CIA students were on hand to assist the guest chefs—including CIA graduates JJ Johnson '04 Bill Telepan ’87, and Alfred Portale ’81—who prepared stunning hors d’oeuvre for the opening silent auction reception.

The students also took the stage as the evening ended to thank everyone for supporting the scholarship fund and CIA educational program