About Nao

It’s all about fire and heat at the CIA’s restaurant at the Pearl Brewery. At dinner, the open kitchen makes it easy for diners to experience the drama created by cooking with live fire. The contemporary menu offers creatively re-imagined dishes and a highly curated beverage program. This world-class restaurant is operated by students about to graduate from the CIA’s degree program. They work under the supervision of highly experienced chef-instructors and maître d’instructors.


Our Team

Chef-Instructor Ana Sofia Sada CervantesChef-Instructor Ana Sofia Sada Cervantes

Ana Sofia Sada Cervantes is a lecturing instructor of culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio. Chef Sada teaches various courses in the college’s bachelor’s degree-level academic concentration in Latin Cuisine Studies. Her courses are part of the semester-away portion of the program for students based at the college’s New York campus who are pursuing their Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Food Business Management.

Prior to joining the CIA faculty in 2017, Chef Sada was executive chef of the Buen Provecho food truck and Helene House Event Center, both based in Boerne, TX. Before that, she was both front-of-house manager and chef at Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, as well as bar manager at State Farm Arena, both in McAllen, TX in McAllen. Her professional career also includes chef and cook positions at several restaurants in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico.

Chef Sada holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Centro de Estudios Culinarios Roccatti and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, both in Monterrey. She was the winner of the Most Original Mexican Chef Contest in Monterrey in [2011], the Grill Master Contest in Monterrey in [2012], and the Salsa Verde category at the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival in [2016].

Ana Sofia Sada Cervantes was a member of the Mexican National Women’s Soccer Team from 2001 to 2004.


Samantha Fletcher, CHE, CIA Maître d’ Instructor at Nao Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.Maître d’ Instructor Samantha Fletcher, CHE

Samantha Fletcher is in charge of front-of-the-house service at Nao. In her role as lecturing instructor at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), she teaches both the Contemporary and Formal Hospitality and Service Management courses, which take place in Nao. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to joining the CIA faculty, Mrs. Fletcher was restaurant guest service manager for Disney Vacation Club at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and for the Norway and United Kingdom Pavilions at EPCOT in Orlando.



The Culinary Institute of America in the Pearl Brewery District, San Antonio, Texas.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 bachelor’s degree majors in applied food studies, culinary science, food business management, and hospitality management; associate degrees in baking and pastry arts and culinary arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences 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 business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.