Culinary Grad Named to Zagat 30 Under 30

Posted on 11/18/2015 11:59:07 AM

Cory Seeker, a 2010 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts, is among a group of young culinary innovators selected for this year’s Zagat 30 Under 30 Boston.

Cory SeekerZagat describes these honorees as “game changers [who] are redefining the way we eat, drink and interact with food and beverages across the U.S.—all before their 30th birthdays.”

Currently chef de cuisine at Trade in Boston and passionate about his work, Cory was nominated for the Zagat 30 Under 30 honor by a co-worker at the restaurant, which features international-inspired cuisine.

A graduate of Warren Area High School and the Warren County Career Center in Warren, Pa., Cory completed the Culinary Arts program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with high honors and graduated from IUP after completing his culinary externship at the prestigious Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.

A move to New England to take a position at Winslow’s Tavern on Cape Cod followed his successful season at Ocean Reef. In 2011, he was offered the opportunity to work with James Beard award-winning chef Jody Adams as a prep cook at the (then) newly opened Trade restaurant.  He’s been moving forward along with the restaurant ever since.

There were early hints of the culinarian-to-be, including this bit from his college admissions essay where he wrote about his after school restaurant job: “I love the feeling I get from knowing that I did the best job I could­—from planning and preparing the food, to the smiles, handshakes and empty plates at the end of the night.” Further, a recommendation from his school counselor described him as “a leader in his Food Production and Management classes.” 

It comes as no surprise that Cory Seeker has continued to work hard, utilizing his leadership skills and creativity to satisfy guests. The Academy of Culinary Arts congratulates Cory on his success.