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Aramark Graduates Next Class of Chefs From The Culinary Institute of America’s Prestigious ProChef Certification Program

March 14, 2019 – Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, is pleased to announce the graduation of 18 chefs from the prestigious ProChef® certification program at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The graduating chefs create the menus served at colleges, universities, preparatory schools, national parks, conference centers, stadiums and convention centers across the United States and Canada. More than 250 Aramark chefs have participated and received their ProChef certification since Aramark first enrolled in the CIA’s ProChef program in 2008.

"By pursuing ProChef Certification, these chefs have demonstrated their dedication to honing their craft and developing themselves professionally," says Certified Master Chef Brad Barnes, director of CIA Consulting and Industry Programs. "Earning this certification from the CIA provides them with a benchmark of their accomplishments, and we applaud Aramark for supporting their chefs' development and commitment to the culinary arts and our profession."

The ProChef certification program is a three-tiered, comprehensive professional development and culinary proficiency program. The certification measures a chef’s core culinary, managerial and financial acumen, including each graduate’s skill in flavor development, proper cooking methods, dish profile and authenticity, plating, use of ingredients and sanitation. 

“We are extremely proud of our collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America and our chefs’ outstanding achievements through the ProChef program,” said Marc Bruno, a Chief Operating Officer for Aramark. “These chefs join a long line of talented Aramark chefs who have pursued this great culinary achievement.” 

CIA created the ProChef Certification program to provide hands-on skill validation, recognize professional achievement and give knowledge and credentials to advance chefs’ careers. The program features three levels of intensive training with ProChef III being the highest, most prestigious designation. Certification from the CIA provides the ultimate stamp of approval in the culinary world.

The following Aramark chefs recently received their ProChef II or ProChef III Certification: 

Pro Chef III:
Pinky Varghese – Culinary Director, Northeast Region
Ronald Stuhm – New York University 

Pro Chef II: 
Adam Lizak – FirstEnergy Stadium
Alina Muratova – Washington State Convention Center
Arvin Dhansew – Southern Methodist University
Brian Stephens – Morehead State University
David Griffith – University of Minnesota
Gil Holts – Western Kentucky University
Ian Ross – Simmons University
Josh Brigman – Austin College
Michael McCutcheon – New York University 
Patrick Schaeffer – Citi Field
Randy White – Lubbock Christian University
Rick Larsen – Citi Field
Robert Grotha – Boeing Leadership Center
Shameka Akinleye – M&T Bank Stadium
Thomas Lynch – Yosemite National Park
Todd Canning – Millbrook School 

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 master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world with food, facilities, and uniform services. Because our culture is rooted in service, our employees strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet. Aramark has been named to DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list, the Forbes list of “America’s Best Employers for Diversity,” the HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” and scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.


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