About Chef Almir Da Fonseca
Almir Da Fonseca CEC, a native of Brazil, is a professor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. After attending culinary school in Rio de Janeiro and traveling and researching the foods of South America, he relocated to Northern California. Chef Da Fonseca owned and operated his own restaurant, as well as Flavor Source Sauces and Catering Services, which he still owns, and worked for several wineries in the California wine country. After selling his restaurant, Chef Da Fonseca became the corporate executive chef for Marconi Conference Center, coordinating food operations and catering special events for numerous state and local dignitaries. During this time he participated in the consultation and opening of several restaurants and a culinary program for a high school in San Francisco. He completed a certification course in nutrition at San Mateo Medical Center and moved on to the position of corporate chef and manager for Compass Group USA, then for Delaware North Companies and CA One Services. After teaching at California Culinary Academy, Chef Da Fonseca joined the CIA in January 2007, where he has been voted by the students as the graduation speaker six times. He travels, teaching and demonstrating cookery, around the US and internationally.