Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder and CEO The French Culinary Institute
1984: Hamilton founds the distinguished French Culinary Institute in New York City.
The French Culinary Institute Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton brings to the organization a distinguished career in vocational education, with an outstanding reputation for innovative programs in gastronomy. She has been honored highly for her work in culinary education. Her awards include the Chevalier du Mérite Agricole from the French government, a knighting by the Association Internationale de Méitres Conseil in Gastronomie Francaise and the Diplôme d'Honneur of the Vatel Club des Etats-Unis.
Hamilton has served as chairwoman of The American Institute of Wine and Food and later was made chairwoman emeritus for life. She also has served on the advisory boards of many national and international organizations, including the National Association of Training & Technical Schools and the U.S. Department of Education. Hamilton has served on the board of the International Association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and participated in panels and seminars all over the world, including as guest lecturer at the Beijing Normal University and the University of California in Los Angeles. She currently is on the national board of Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) and on the board of Abraham House, an organization that trains ex-offenders from Rikers Island for successful reintegration into society. With her husband, Doug Hamilton, Hamilton co-owns the Lakeview Inn, a historic inn-turned-restaurant overlooking Lake Waramaug in Litchfield County, Conn.
Hamilton holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and an M.B.A. from New York University. She served in the Peace Corps in Thailand from 1972 to 1974.