Top 10 Culinary Arts Schools in the Northeast

Food Drink & Franchise lists International Culinary Center as one of the “Top 10 Culinary Arts Schools in the Northeast.”

Founded in 1984 as The French Culinary Institute in 1984, the International Culinary Center today is a leading globally recognized school specializing in culinary and wine education, with programs in New York and California. Led by high profile deans like Jacques Pepin, Jacques Torres and Jose Andres, ICC’s six-month Total Immersion program has graduated more than 15,000 students over its three decades in business. That includes an impressive roster of star alumni such as Bobby Flay, David Chang, Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, Hooni Kim, Josh Skenes, and Christina Tosi.

The International Culinary Center offers an impressive range of specialized professional programs, from culinary arts and pastry arts to bread baking and food styling, and also offers credits and a partnership with NYC’s The New School to help students earn a full bachelor’s degree. This year ICC is taking its offerings even further with the launch of a new expanded program. “When we first opened in 1984, about 90% of students wanted to be restaurant chefs,” states ICC founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton. “With the wide range of culinary careers now possible, 70% of students tell us they want to open their own businesses.” To that end, ICC is adding a paid externship program, specialized skill workshops, and new courses focused on economics and entrepreneurship.

A recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ “Culinary School of Excellence” Award since 2010, recognition of ICC’s status as a premier Culinary Arts school goes all the way to the top: in late 2013, the White House announced that the school will be working with the James Beard Foundation to create the USA Pavilion at the World EXPO (World’s Fair) in Milan in 2015.

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About.com Launches How-To Series with ICC

A series of 40 how-to videos produced by About.com with International Culinary Center chefs.


Video: How to Poach Eggs
There are a lot of important steps to poaching eggs. In this video we show you the correct process with easy to follow steps.

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Video: How to Properly Soft Boil an Egg
Trying to get that perfect soft boil egg? Watch this video and we’ll show you how with these easy to follow steps.

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Video: How to Properly Hard Boil an Egg
Trying to perfect hard boiling an egg? Let us show you the correct way to do so. Watch this video and learn how.

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Video: Tips for Whipping White Eggs
Want to learn the proper way to whip egg whites? Watch this video for the best way to whisk those egg whites into your choosing.

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More to come! Stay tuned.

U.S. Food Trucks Will Roll at Milan World’s Fair

“At Milan’s Food-Themed World’s Fair, U.S. Will Roll Out a Fleet” – The New York Times

American food trucks will serve lobster rolls and burgers at Expo Milano 2015, a world’s fair with nearly 150 countries participating. The theme of the fair, which will run May through October just outside Milan, is food — feeding the planet (an estimated nine billion people by 2050) — which is a first for a world’s fair.

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JBF President: ICC CEO an Inspiration

ICC Founder & CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton listed first in the “Five Women Who Inspire Me, by James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro.”

1. Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder of the International Culinary Center
I like to say she had the smarts to hire me as president of JBF, even though I had not worked in the food industry, when she took over as chair of our foundation’s Board of Trustees. Her incredible energy and passion for celebrating the importance of a culinary education and the role of America’s great chefs in making a difference is positively contagious. She never stops! Dorothy is serving as the president of the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan this year and was just honored with the French Legion of Honor—félicitations, Dorothy!

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Cooking with Chef Candy – Brining Chickens

Learn to brine a chicken with Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts Candy Argondizza in Poached:

The first thing you learn cooking in a professional kitchen is you’re a long way from home. Methods and techniques that worked well in your family’s kitchen can lead to failure, as well as spiking food costs, when applied in a professional kitchen. One example is brining. While it’s not rocket science, there are some definite differences between brining a chicken and brining a whole lot of chickens. We asked Chef Candy Argondizza of the International Culinary Center her best chicken brining techniques for a professional kitchen.

Read the full article here: Cooking with Chef Candy – Brining Chickens

Pastry Grad Christina Tosi Joins MasterChef

Pastry Arts graduate Christina Tosi, chef and owner at Momofuku Milk Bar, will join the judging panel on MasterChef Junior and Original MasterChef!

Tosi, whose second cookbook is out later this year, replaces Joe Bastianich, who announced last year he was leaving to focus on the “continued global expansion” of the restaurant group he runs with Mario Batali.

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Learn more about Christina’s class: Professional Pastry Arts 

ICC CEO Awarded Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor

International Culinary Center Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton was presented with the Insignia of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for her work in promoting French cuisine in America. Now, Hamilton, along with Thomas Keller, Julia Child and Alice Waters, are the only Americans in the food field to be granted this distinction.

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The Consul General of France in New York, Bertrand Lortholary, and legendary French chef and ICC Dean Jacques Pépin presented the award at the official ceremony at the Consulate General of France in New York City. The ceremony was attended by notables including Ambassador Philip Reeker, esteemed chefs Alain Sailhac, André Soltner and Cesare Casella (also Deans at ICC), Doug Hickey of the Milan Expo and USA Pavilion, Rita Jammet of La Caravelle Champagne, Food Politics author and professor Marion Nestle, actress Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation, Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan, and more.

On Wednesday morning, January 7th, we learned of the tragic attacks on the Charlie Hedbo offices in France. Along with the rest of the world, we were deeply saddened and outraged. To those gathered at the French Consulate that evening, Dorothy offered a few words of comfort: 

“We share a lot, our countries, and unfortunately we share this. We all know the sorrow involved and we truly are a global world and a global world that suffers together. But I have to say, one gift you gave us is the joy of your culture and your gastronomy.”

Learn more about Dorothy Cann Hamilton.

ICC Alum Makes Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

2010 Culinary Arts alumnus John Lasater, Executive Chef at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, was named in the Forbes list of “2015 30 Under 30: Food & Wine.”

Lasater is Nashville’s hottest new restauranteur – literally. His Hattie B’s has changed the way hot chicken is viewed in the South. Named one of the 10 Best Chicken Wings in America by Maxim, the young chef has built Hattie B’s from the ground up, opening two restaurants in three years, and has no plans of slowing down.

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ICC Alum Bobby Flay Profile on CBS

“Cooking definitely saved my life,” said one of ICC’s most well-known graduates.


Excited and inspired, Bobby Flay went on to cooking school, graduating from New York’s French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) in 1984. Seven years later, he had a New York City place of his own: Mesa Grill.

He was all of 25 years old.

So did cooking save him? “Oh, totally,” he said. “Cooking definitely saved my life. I mean, I think I could’ve easily gone down a bad road, for sure.”

To read the full article on CBS Sunday Morning, click here: Bobby Flay’s recipe for success

ICC CEO on 2015 Trends in Food & Wine Magazine

ICC Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton gives her input in Food & Wine‘s list of “8 Food and Drink Trends to Try in 2015.”

6. Restaurants in Unlikely Places.
“With rents skyrocketing, look for more restaurants in basements, upper floors and other creative locations. There’s only so much you can charge for chicken and it can’t all go to rent!” –Dorothy Cann Hamilton; International Culinary Center in New York City

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