Remembering Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Almost one year ago, the International Culinary Center tragically lost the school’s Founder, Dorothy Cann Hamilton. Shortly after her untimely passing, ICC was faced with the task of memorializing such an immense spirit who inspired and changed the lives of countless culinary luminaries. Dorothy was one-of-a-kind. To honor the life of Dorothy Cann Hamilton, ICC reached out to several friends of both the school and Dorothy to share how their lives were touched by the late visionary. Culinary icons and professionals such as Daniel Boulud, Alain Sailhac, Jacques Torres, Danny Meyer, Judy Joo, Claus Meyer, and more all shared stories of their admiration for the fearless food aficionado through a touching video shown during her memorial service.

Today, August 25, we remember the life and spirit of the late Dorothy Cann Hamilton on her birthday by sharing this video with the world, for the students, faculty, and the culinary community that never had the opportunity of knowing such a guiding light. The International Culinary Center will continue to honor Dorothy’s spirit and vision in all that we do.


To continue Dorothy’s drive for inspiring the next generation of culinary professionals and passion for hunger prevention, please consider making a donation to Friends of the ICC or Feeding America in her name.

  • Donations to the Dorothy Cann Hamilton Scholarship can be made through Friends of the ICC here. Please direct gifts In Memory of Dorothy Cann Hamilton.
  • Donations to Feeding America, an organization that Dorothy was very passionate about, can be made here.