commencement ceremony

Award-Winning Chef & Philanthropist, Aarón Sánchez, Announced As 2019 Commencement Keynote Speaker

Plus, Outstanding Alumni Award winners named & hundreds of graduates celebrated at Carnegie Hall this June!

aaron sanchezAarón Sánchez, founder of the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund—whose diligent philanthropic work has helped fund culinary education in the Latin community since 2016—will deliver the Keynote Address at the International Culinary Center (ICC) 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm. The annual ceremony, held once again at New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, will celebrate students who have completed ICC’s professional programs between June 2018 and May 2019.

graduatesSánchez—who provides full culinary scholarships to ICC and mentorship to recipients through his foundation—will address hundreds of graduates across all disciplines, in addition to their family and friends, at Commencement next month. Students who have completed the Professional Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, Cake Techniques & Design, Art of International Bread Baking and Intensive Sommelier Training programs will don their pressed-white coats and sharp toques, or Certified Sommelier pins, as they walk across the stage at Carnegie Hall.

In addition to celebrating the school’s newest graduates, each year ICC honors alumni who excel in their field of study in a series of Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards were created in 1997, 13 years after the school’s founding as The French Culinary Institute, by Founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton. This year’s recipients will become the 21st award-winning class and are preceded by other notable recipients such as Dan Barber, Christina Tosi, David Chang, Joshua Skenes, Susanna Yoon, Angie Mar, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske.

outstanding alumni winners

Five alumni will be recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award winners at Carnegie Hall this year. Scott Tacinelli, Chef/Co-Owner of Don Angie, will receive the award for Excellence in Culinary Arts and shares, “As a career changer, ICC gave me the confidence and foundation necessary to be successful in the culinary world.” The award for Excellence in Pastry Arts will go to Zoë Kanan, Head Baker of Simon & The Whale and The Studio. “It’s such an honor to have my achievements recognized by the institution that served as my gateway to the culinary world,” says Zoë. Recipient of the award for Excellence in Media, Ben Mims—Cooking Columnist for The Los Angeles Times, credits his education and instructors at ICC for “providing a foundation of knowledge that has helped me navigate the waters of our ever-changing business.” The awards will also recognize graduates in the beverage industry including Vanessa Da Silva, Sommelier at Ninety Acres, and Matt Monahan, Co-Founder/CEO of Other Half Brewing Company, who receive awards for Outstanding Sommelier and Excellence in Entrepreneurship respectively.

Guests who wish to join the Commencement Ceremony can purchase tickets through the Carnegie Hall Box Office.
Tickets: $20 | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue