Food For Thought: Recapping The Culinary Conversation Among Women

Written by: Sylvanie Tweed
Professional Pastry Arts Student

A loud roar echoed throughout the International Culinary Center’s Amphitheater as women from all walks of the culinary and hospitality industries converged on the evening of March 29th for­­ Food for Thought: A Culinary Conversation among Women. And with that roar, a strong female presence was felt. Food for Thought; a collaboration between ICC and Journee, brought together a diverse panel of women chef’s and industry insiders to discuss relevant issues affecting women in the Food Industry today.

photosbyarielle-67The evening commenced with a vibrant meet-and-greet session complete with delicate hors d’oeuvres and provided an excellent opportunity for students and guests present to network with fellow industry professionals. The amphitheater filled within minutes and the sustained buzz of excitement gently carried the ladies (and three very supportive gentlemen) to their seats as they settled in for what proved to be a heated, intense, and informative panel discussion.

Our moderator, Dana Cowin formerly of Food and Wine, lead the charge as the seven featured women discussed how to help women go further in our industry and have their voices heard and their stories told. The popular topics of financial management, confidence building and dealing with failure and mistakes all got their fair share of input, interspersed with lively banter and a few laughs all around. This segued into a question and answer segment where the heated question came from an ICC chef via the way of maternal leave in the Food Industry and its effect on women. Should women feel forced to choose between having a family and having a career? This was certainly #foodforthought!

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Food for Thought: A Culinary Conversation Among Women [Event]

Women of the culinary world unite! The inaugural Food for Thought series at the International Culinary Center kicks off with an event to celebrate the diversity of women in the industry, while tackling important topics through a guided discussion tackling key issues such as family & work balance, equal pay, breaking the ‘boys club’ and much more.

A Culinary Conversation Among Women will strive to set words into actions, with the discussion moderated by Founder of Speaking Broadly and former Editor in Chief at Food & Wine, Dana Cowin in association with the International Culinary Center. Through this event, the International Culinary Center & Journee aim to inspire and influence policy, support community engagement, and positively impact all women working in culinary and hospitality careers.


PANELISTS INCLUDE:

  • REBECCA DEANGELIS (Executive Pastry Chef at Babbo NYC)
  • MELISSA RODRIGUEZ (Executive Chef at Del Posto)
  • GABRIELLE HAMILTON (Chef/Owner of Prune, Author of Blood, Bones & Butter)
  • ANITA LO (Chef/Owner of Annisa) 
  • ALLISON KAVE (Co-Founder of Butter & Scotch)
  • JACKIE MCMANN-OLIVERI (Director, Human Resources of Bold Food | Bobby’s Burger Palaces)
  • CHEF CANDY ARGONDIZZA (Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts at ICC)

We invite you to join us, participate in the discussion and have your voice heard by the NYC community! Light food and wine will be served throughout the event to foster community building & networking opportunities. Purchase your tickets here: https://yourjournee.com/event/iccjournee/

DATE:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Discussion Begins at 6:30pm

LOCATION:
International Culinary Center
462 Broadway
New York, NY 10013


ABOUT THE PANEL:

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Melissa Rodriguez (Executive Chef at Del Posto) Melissa J. Rodriguez succeeds Mark Ladner as Executive Chef of Del Posto. Melissa is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts in 1999. After graduation, Melissa spent time cooking with Elaine Bell Catering and at Oceana under Chef Cornelius Gallagher. In 2006, Melissa joined the team at Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Daniel, where she was promoted to sous chef. After five years at Daniel, she joined the team at Del Posto in 2011 and was promoted to Chef de Cuisine in 2015. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, Garrett.

 


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Rebecca DeAngelis (Executive Pastry Chef at Babbo NYC) A New Hampshire native, Rebecca DeAngelis started her pastry training at the age of 15 at Jacques Fine European Pastries in Suncook, NH. Soon after high school, DeAngelis entered the prestigious Société Culinaire Philanthropique’s 137th Salon Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France competition and became the youngest person ever awarded 1st Prize for Pastry. That accomplishment awarded her a full scholarship to The French Culinary Institute in New York City where DeAngelis honed her skills in classic French pastry techniques. DeAngelis’s skill and determination won the attention of Gina DePalma at Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. DeAngelis trained under DePalma for five years before taking the helm of the Babbo pastry kitchen. When DePalma left Babbo in 2013, DeAngelis assumed the role of Executive Pastry Chef where she leads one of the most respected and decorated pastry departments in the nation. In October 2016, DeAngelis worked with Mario Batali to prepare the last state dinner during the Obama administration, honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.


ChefCandyChef Candy Argondizza (Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts at ICC) ICC’s head of culinary and pastry Chef Candy Argondizza leads a staff of 50 chefs and oversees curriculum changes for the professional and amateur programs, keeping pace (and ahead of) an ever-changing industry. Chef Candy brought considerable experience with her when she joined ICC’s faculty in 2000 as a chef-instructor, having cooked professionally since 1979. Tapping her natural talent and determination to succeed in New York City, she landed a sous chef position at Remi, followed by several executive chef positions and invitations to cook at the James Beard House. Her strong interpersonal skills and depth of knowledge led to her quickly rising up the ranks at ICC to a leadership position at the school. Chef Candy’s most trusted resource as a chef and educator is Jacques Pepin’s La Technique, the book she most returns to and always recommends. As an accomplished tri-athlete, she also believes that a balanced lifestyle is the key to success, a wisdom she hopes to impart to her team and to ICC’s students. Her accomplishments as a teacher and administrator were recognized by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) when she received the coveted “Educator of the Year” award in 2012.


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Anita Lo (Owner and Chef at Annisa)  As the chef/owner of Annisa in New York City, Anita Lo is one of the most respected chefs in the country, earning numerous accolades for her inventive Contemporary American cuisine that reflects her multicultural upbringing and classic French training. Lo, a first generation Chinese-American, grew up with her family in Birmingham, Michigan and earned a degree in French language at Columbia University. While studying at Reid Hall—Columbia’s French language institute in Paris, she fell in love with the food culture and vowed to return. Back in the U.S., Lo accepted her first kitchen job as garde-manger at Bouley, but after a year, decided to move back to Paris and enroll in Ecole Ritz-Escoffier, a revered culinary institution. After receiving her degree, graduating first in her class with honors, she returned to New York, working her way through all the stations at David Waltuck’s Chanterelle. In 2000, Lo opened Annisa (whose name means ”women” in Arabic), an intimate, upscale restaurant in Greenwich Village serving Contemporary American cuisine. Lo was named one of ten “Best New Chefs in America” in 2001 by Food & Wine and proclaimed “Best New Restaurant Chef” by the Village Voice. In 2014, Annisa received the prestigious three star rating by The New York Times.


gabrielle-hamiltonGabrielle Hamilton (Chef / Owner of Prune, Author of Blood, Bones & Butter) Gabrielle Hamilton is an American chef and author. She is the chef/owner of Prune, a restaurant in New York City, and the author of Blood, Bones, and Butter, a memoir.Hamilton said her way of eating and cooking was heavily influenced by her French mother, saying she didn’t waste food and the family often foraged for fresh ingredients from their garden and from the forests and fields surrounding their house. Hamilton received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. Following a career in catering, Hamilton opened the restaurant, Prune, in New York City’s East Village in 1999. Having no formal experience in restaurants, nor culinary school education, her 30-seat restaurant garnered widespread acclaimed admiration from diners, critics and other chefs including Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain. Prune earned a spot in the Bib Gourmand section of the Michelin’s 2014 New York guide. Hamilton was featured in the fourth season of the PBS show The Mind of a Chef as well as the first season of The Taste on ABC as a guest judge.


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Allison Kave (Co-Founder of Butter & Scotch) Allison Kave is the co-founder of Butter & Scotch, a bakery & cocktail bar in Crown Heights, Brooklyn known for creative riffs on classic American desserts and craft cocktails. She is the author of First Prize Pies, the coauthor of Butter & Scotch: Recipes from Brooklyn’s Favorite Bar & Bakery, and the coauthor of the recurring “Drunk Bakers” column in Bake from Scratch magazine. Her work and recipes have been featured in a wide range of publications and media, including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, The Food Network, and Cooking Channel, and she has taught pie workshops at the James Beard House, the International Culinary Center, and in private homes throughout NYC. Her passions are baking, booze, feminism, and puppies (not necessarily in that order).


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Jackie McMann-Oliveri (Director of Human Resources / Bold Food, Bobby’s Burger Palaces)  Jackie McMann-Oliveri recently joined the Bold Food and Bobby’s Burger Palace family as Director of Human Resources with a focus on people and culture for all Bobby Flay branded restaurants. With over 15 years of HR experience mostly in Hospitality, a strong FOH and Operations upbringing and a genuine love of food and service, she knows this next part of her journey will be amazing. She has a BS in Business, Management and Economics and Advanced Graduate certificate in HR and is a certified PHR. Her passions are leadership and talent management and she strongly believes that as leaders in this wonderful world of hospitality, we should always be selecting and hiring amazing people, giving them the support, tools and opportunities to succeed and partnering on accountability for all. She most recently served as HR Director for The Meatball Shop for around three years (will forever be a baller) and had fun opening and staffing Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center (still feels like home) over a decade ago. She is a founding member and Steering Committee member of HR Professionals in Hospitality, a lecturer at The International Culinary Center and lives and breathes an open-door policy for all her circle. Jackie has also been an active volunteer event lead for Food Bank of NY / No Kid Hungry serving NYCWFF events wearing many hats to give back to the city she loves while benefiting hungry children and being around the industry she loves for the past five or so years.


ABOUT OUR MODERATOR:

18magsub-blog427Dana Cowin ( Founder of Speaking Broadly / Ex-Editor in Chief of Food & Wine) Dana Cowin, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, is a tastemaker, talent scout, author, lecturer and radio show host. During her tenure at the award-winning magazine (1995-2016), she oversaw every editorial aspect of the brand from print to web to books to social media. She expanded and introduced several honor programs to highlight emerging talent including the magazine’s annual Best New Chefs award and Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink. After Food & Wine, Cowin joined the ground-breaking restaurant group Chefs Club to continue her role as a scout, selecting chefs from around the world to be featured on their curated menus. Cowin has moved on to become host of “Speaking Broadly” on Heritage Radio Network, interviewing extraordinary women in the food industry about their greatest challenges and triumphs.  A sought-after speaker, Cowin has been a judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” a presenter at TedXManhattan, a lecturer at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival and multiple food festivals and other events.  A noted author, Cowin in 2014 published “Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes,” which garnered a spot on many “Best of Fall” lists. Cowin serves on the Board of Directors of City Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, and Hot Bread Kitchen, a work force development group. For her many contributions to the culinary world, Cowin was inducted in to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Drink.  If you’re not afraid of mouth-watering images of food, follow her @fwscout on Instagram and Twitter.

 

[Recap] Jason Licker Returns to ICC to Launch First Cookbook

On Thursday, February 23, international Pastry Chef and alum Jason Licker returned to his Alma mater for a special event to launch the United States release of his first-ever cookbook, Lickerland.  Having lived abroad exploring various parts of Asia for the last decade, the culture definitely has influenced Jason’s flavor profile and approach to pastry arts. Encompassing dozens of Asian-accented desserts, the unique cookbook also includes pages that help consumers decipher the different taste experiences (including sweet, salty, sour, etc.) of each recipe.

During the 90-minute event, attendees learned more about Chef Licker through a fun-spirited Q&A with his former Pastry Chef-Instructor, Jurgen David. Additionally, everyone in the audience experienced a tasting from the cookbook. Chef Jason Licker took us through the step-by-step process of creating his White Chocolate-Junmai Sake Cream dessert with a toffee crumble. Utilizing techniques he learned in his Professional Pastry Arts many years ago, it’s easy to identify how his culinary school education has played a major influence throughout his career.

Attending the ICC was critical because in any profession, you need to crawl before you walk. With the hands-on schooling experience, I built a firm foundation of pastry knowledge.  There is nothing like learning during a hands-on job, but if you have a great education, you have an advantage. I think I would have discovered my passion for Asian cuisines no matter what because I just love food and discovering other cultures. With the culinary education I had though, it made it easier to apply those experiences abroad and translate that into my style of pastry.

 

Following the event that included students, faculty, family, friends and press, we asked Jason Licker about how it felt returning to his culinary school after all these years.

 It was an incredible moment of overwhelming joy to launch my first cookbook at where I first learned the foundation of pastry. It was a feeling of coming home.  Having (Pastry Chef) Jurgen David, a teacher of mine, now question me about my book was a full circle feeling. I was once a student in the audience, and now, I was demonstrating how to make one of my signature desserts. The team at the ICC made this special moment memorable.”

Watch highlights from the event below!

To purchase your copy of Lickerland, visit www.jasonlicker.com

Local Roots NYC + The Farm-to-Table Experience

Here at the International Culinary Center, we offer the Farm-to-Table extension to our Culinary program. If you are interested in local foods, farming and sustainability, this could be a great option for you. To be a Farm-to-Table chef, one must first be an excellent chef. Everyone we work with emphasizes this, the primary objective is to build the skills and techniques necessary for success in a professional kitchen. With Farm-to-Table, in addition to these essential classes, we offer a series of enrichment activities throughout your time at ICC. While they take a slightly different form each session as the local food movement grows and evolves, they always include field trips, lectures and events with fascinating innovators in the field.

We recently had one such talk from Wen-Jay Ying, founder of Local Roots CSA. What is Local Roots? Local Roots has re-imaging the traditional CSA model to fit the needs of everyday New Yorkers and created a new food system within the city. The ordering process is very simple and available online. Pickups are at various bars, cafes and workplaces throughout the city (Including ICC! Stop by the library if you would like to join!) and most importantly, the company is driven by core values and focused on community building.

During her talk, Wen-Jay invited our Farm-to-Table group to spend some time reflecting upon what each of them holds as a core value system and we then spent time discussing it afterward. This is a useful exercise for any chef who is just starting out. Wen-Jay shared the Local Roots value statement and guided our group through developing their own.  We reflected on questions such as What is your value system as a chef? and What solution do you offer to our food system or dining culture? The answers were as diverse as our group, some focused on education of children, some on health and others on bringing joy and creativity through dining. “Write these down, and keep them with you,” said Wen-Jay, “Because once you are out in industry, it’s so easy to have a hard day where you feel like giving up but you have to remember your motivation and why you started.”

This is excellent advice, perhaps even the key to longevity in the kitchen and a sustainable career. Local Roots pick up is available at ICC every Tuesday afternoon. You can sign up in the library or check here for more info: http://localrootsnyc.org/

PASTRY CHEF JASON LICKER REVEALS ‘LICKERLAND’ COOKBOOK + LAUNCH EVENT

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French Culinary Institute  graduate and professional Pastry Chef, Jason Licker has announced the US release of his first-ever cookbook. Celebrating 56 Asian-accented desserts, each recipe is the embodiment of Jason’s journey throughout some of Asia’s most captivating culinary capitals. Lickerland collects Pastry Chef Licker’s most cherished recipes from his magical career, seamlessly balancing Asian ingredients with classic French pastry techniques and presented beautifully with images by award-winning photographer, Jason Michael Lang.

After spending the last 12 years traveling and cooking throughout Asia, Jason is heading back stateside to make the International Culinary Center the first stop on his American Lickerland tour. Currently available throughout Asia and Europe via www.JasonLicker.com, Jason will be commemorating the United States release at his alma mater, the International Culinary Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 3:30pm-5pm ET.

You need to experience the bitter to realize how sweet things can be. This statement isn’t just about understanding your palate; it’s also about perseverance when faced with uncertainty. I never planned on becoming a chef. In fact, I had no idea what I was going to do. I may have always had a love affair with food, but it took a tragedy for me to realize it was actually my true calling. This book is about the memories I cherish that shaped who I am today. It’s about discovering flavors of the world in a journey that changed my life. I hope, in some small measure, it can help change yours. At the very least, you should be well-fed along the way.” Jason Licker, Pastry Chef

Limited signed copies will be available February 11th on www.JasonLicker.com or purchase on www.Amazon.com after February 23rd. A limited amount of signed copies will also be available at the event for purchase.

About the International Culinary Center®:

Founded by the late Dorothy Cann Hamilton as The French Culinary Institute in 1984, the International Culinary Center (ICC) is a global expert in professional culinary and wine education, with programs in New York, California and Italy, and graduates from more than 85 countries. The renowned six-month Total Immersion program has produced such talents as Bobby Flay, David Chang, Dan Barber, Christina Tosi and 15,000 more under the guidance of deans including Jacques Pepin and Jacques Torres. Awarded the coveted “School of Excellence” by accrediting commission ACCSC for its career education, ICC provides students with the credentials, confidence and connections to chart a successful career anywhere in the world.

About Jason Licker:

Before taking his passion for pastry into a global experience, Jason Licker received his diploma in Professional Pastry Arts through the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center®) in 1999. While in culinary school, Jason earned his first internship at Union Square Café in New York City and following graduation, earned a pastry cook position at the world renowned Jean-Georges Restaurant. Moving on to his first Pastry Chef position at Metrazur for Charlie Palmer at the age of 23, Jason elevated his craft yet again with a promotion to Executive Pastry Chef for The Shore Club in Miami Beach. Overseeing all food and beverage outlets including Nobu Miami Beach, Jason fueled his new found affinity for Asian cuisine. Holding positions as Executive Pastry Chef at the Peninsula New York, The Westin Bund in Shanghai, The Venetian Macau Hotel and Resort among others, the winner of Iron Chef Thailand (Dessert) is now making his way back stateside for the release of his inaugural pastry cookbook, Lickerland.

To RSVP for the event, email MTarigan@CulinaryCenter.com with subject Lickerland.

For all press inquiries, please email ASamartano@CulinaryCenter.com

 

How To Write A Cookbook Series: Butter & Scotch

At Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch, everything is made by hand, and seasonal, inventive flavors are created to satisfy any sweet tooth—especially those with a penchant for spirits. In their namesake cookbook, Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth dish up more than 75 recipes for incredible desserts, cocktails, and creations that shake up the traditional approach to booze and sweets.

Come meet the ladies and learn about their experience creating a cookbook based on the beloved bar on Thursday, December 15 from 3:30pm through 5pm in the ICC Amphitheatre

To RSVP, or for questions, contact Sara Quiroz at: squiroz@culinarycenter.com

For future events visit the events calendar on the ICC Community Page at  my.InternationalCulinaryCenter.com.

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Fall Wine Event Series at California Campus

The International Culinary Center® proudly introduces a fall wine series dedicated to providing a fresh understanding and appreciation for an array of intriguing grapes, regions and producers at their Silicon Valley campus. Lead by Master Sommelier and ICC instructor Dennis Kelly, each event will be open to the public spanning from 6pm through 8pm.

ICC California WineKicking off on Thursday, October 13, expand your palette beyond the more popular wines such as Chardonnay and Cabernet. Learn how grape variety, wine styles and geographic regions play a major influence in the outcome, while tasting six different esoteric wines including Xinomavro and Scheurebe. On Thursday, November 10th ICC invites you to become versed with one of the world’s most versatile wines, Pinot Noir. Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, attendees will experience just why Pinot Noir should have a place at your holiday table through theory, smell and taste. Lastly, pop into the full swing of the holidays with Champagne: Behind the Bubbles on Thursday, December 8. Discover the nuances existing between bottles from vintages, vineyards and unique producers and celebrate the symbol of celebration.

Thursday, October 13 – Esoteric Wines
Thursday, November 10 – Pinot Noir from Around the World
Thursday, December 8 – Champagne: Behind the Bubbles

All classes require an RSVP, as seating is very limited. Please RSVP to Associate Wine Director, Rachel Lintott: rlintott@culinarycenter.com


How to Write a Cookbook Series: China: The Cookbook

Free event, RSVP to squiroz@culinarycenter.com

Join us for the next in our series on How to Write a Cookbook October 24th from 3:30-5:00pm in the auditorium.  Authors Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan will be here to discuss their new book China: The Cookbook. These bestselling authors from China will only be in New York for a brief time, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the experience of their first English cookbook; translating not only a cookbook but a cuisine for a U.S. audience, the process of writing a cookbook and working with Phaidon to develop the definitive bible covering all 8 regions of Chinese Cuisine. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.

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