ICC always seeks to improve. One of the ways we ensure that our programs are relevant to the ever-changing culinary industry is by gathering feedback from an accomplished group of chefs and industry professionals.

These Program Advisory Commitee (PAC) members meet on a regular basis to assess curriculum content and the state of our facilities and equipment. That way, we stay in step with the latest industry trends in order to best prepare our students for the challenges of the current marketplace.

Culinary Arts PAC – New York Campus

  • Chris Beicher, Executive Chef of Mercer Kitchen
  • Dan Kluger, Executive Chef of ABC Kitchen
  • Ed MacFarland, Chef/Owner of Ed’s Lobster Bar (ICC Grad)
  • Laura Pensiero, Owner of Gigi Hudson Valley in Rhinebeck, NY (ICC Grad)
  • Ben Pollinger, Executive Chef of Oceana
  • Tommy Todd, General Manager of AJ Maxwell’s
  • Robert Ubhaus, Chef/Owner of Rob’s Bistro in Madison, NJ
  • Tony Liu, Executive Chef at Morandi and Pulino’s 

Culinary Arts PAC – California Campus

  • Peter Armellino, Executive Chef of Plumed Horse in Saratoga
  • Reylon Agustin, Executive Chef of Madera in Menlo Park
  • Jin Suzuki, Chef/Owner of Hachi Ju Hachi in Saratoga
  • Eric Beamesderfer, Director of Operations of Restaurants from Scratch
  • Matt Greco, Chef/Owner of Salt Craft in Pleasanton
  • Edip Borluca, Executive Chef of Weir and Associates Catering & Event Planning
  • William Roberts, Executive Chef of Dio Deka in Los Gatos (ICC Grad)
  • Jarad Gallagher, Executive Chef of Chez TJ in Mountain View
  • Mariah Bovee, Education Program Manager at Bon Appetit @ Google in Mountain View
  • Simi Hansen, Chef/Owner of Wanderlust Catering
  • Andrea Romano, Office Manager of Cin-Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant and Centonove in Los Gatos

Pastry, Bread and Cake PAC – New York Campus

  • Dominique Ansel, Owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery
  • Kierin Baldwin, Executive Pastry Chef of Locanda Verde (ICC Grad)
  • Colleen Grapes, Pastry Chef of Oceana
  • Fritz Knipschildt, Pastry Chef/Owner of Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, CT
  • TJ Obias, Pastry Chef/Owner of Du Jour Bakery in Brooklyn
  • Dorina Yuen, Pastry Chef/Owner of Oro Bakery & Bar (ICC Grad)
  • Katzie Guy-Hamilton, Director of Food & Beverage of Max Brenner Chocolates (ICC Grad)
  • Robert Truitt, Corporate Pastry Chef of Alta Marea Group
  • Erica O’Brien, Pastry Chef/Owner of Erica O’Brien Cake Design

Pastry Arts PAC – California Campus

  • Julia Anderson, Pastry Chef/Owner of Fleur de Cocoa in Los Gatos
  • Salina Diaz, Pastry Consultant
  • Melissa Duesler, Pastry Chef of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore
  • Thomas Grauke, Pastry Chef/Owner Moonside Bakery & Café in Half Moon Bay
  • Lynne Magnoli, Owner of Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos
  • Christine Doerr, Owner of NeoCocoa in Belmont
  • Rachael Myers, Pastry Chef/Owner of Sweet Tooth Confections in San Jose
  • Avery Ruzicka, Partner/Baker at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos (ICC Grad)
  • Lisa Lu, Pastry Chef of Boulevard in San Francisco

Sommelier PAC – New York Campus

  • Monika Caha, Founder and President of Monika Caha Selections, Inc.
  • Michael Connolly, Brand Manager of Winebow
  • Gerry Dawes, Founder and President of Spanish Artisan Wine Group
  • Tony DiDio, Founder of Tony DiDio Selections
  • Nora Favelukes, President of QW Wine Experts
  • Tara Q. Thomas, Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits magazine 

Sommelier PAC – California Campus

  • Randall Bertao,General Manager of Los Altos Golf & Country Club in Los Altos
  • Jim Cargill,Director of Operations of House Family Winery in Cupertino
  • Katie Dinovo, Retail/Sales & Hospitality Manager of Ridge Vineyards in Saratoga
  • Tommy Fogarty,Proprietor of Fogarty Winery & Vineyards in Woodside
  • Jose Garcia, Manager of Cin-Cin Restaurant and Wine Bar and Centonove in Los Gatos
  • Susan King,District Manager of Henry Wine Group in Benicia
  • James La Mar,Sommelier at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
  • Guldal (GiGi) Lindberg, Owner of Meritaj (ICC Grad)
  • Paul Mekis,Wine Director of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in Menlo Park
  • Jeffrey Perisho, Wine Director of Plumed Horse in Saratoga
  • Joe Prang,Owner of Artisan Wine Depot in Los Gatos and Mountain View
  • Amanda Rehn,Sales Rep of Springboard Wine Company in Novato
  • Brent Runyon, Operations Manager of Vintage Wine Merchants in San Jose
  • Michele Snock, Owner of CooperVino in Cupertino  (ICC Grad)

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