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Celebrity Chef and Co-Founder of Real Food Initiatives Daugherty has been a lifelong student of food. Raised in upstate New York, he sold products to local restaurants. Not surprisingly, Daugherty pursued a culinary degree after high school, taking cooking classes at Cobleskill Technical College and subsequently enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). While attending CIA, Daugherty enhanced his education with an internship at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. After graduation, Daugherty returned to the Four Seasons to complete a three-year apprenticeship with Chef William Douglas McNeill. His relationship with the Four Seasons earned him a position in New York City as an opening sous chef for the Four Seasons Hotel, located on 57th and Madison. During his time in New York, Daugherty also had the opportunity to work at LeBernardin, gaining experience in every station of the kitchen, including pastry. After leaving New York, Daugherty moved to Colorado to open Paul's Creekside Grill in the Hotel at The Inn at Silvercreek and then to Minneapolis where he worked as the executive chef at D'Amico Cucina for three years. Daugherty was the executive chef at Cosmos in Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis where his culinary influence was seen in the restaurant's Asian-inspired fare. Daugherty had, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "set a new local standard for gastronomic extravagance." Daugherty was recently recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of America's Best New Chefs for 2005 and has also been featured on NBC's The Today Show. Daugherty is very active participating in events and dinners for both Share Our Strength and The James Beard Foundation. In 2007, Daugherty left Cosmo's to work as a Chef Instructor for The Art Institutes International Minnesota and to pursue work with Real Food Initiatives, a partnership with local health experts to teach kids about food, wellness and nutrition, hoping to improve K-12 school food programs.
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