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.


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.

CLICK HERE to see the full list.

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

CLICK HERE to read the full list of 2015 Trends.

ICC’s Gingerbread Ski Chalet in Vanity Fair

International Culinary Center’s gingerbread house was featured in Vanity Fair’s list of “The Most Extravagant Gingerbread Houses You Can Think Of.”

#6: This gingerbread ski chalet, created by the International Culinary Center, has electricity and a working ski lift. Jansen Chan, director of pastry operations, told VF.com the project took 18 people to build and 40 hours to complete. SEE SLIDE HERE

#7: Look–Olaf from Frozen! SEE SLIDE HERE

Watch how ICC built this gingerbread masterpiece:

Inside ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training

A review of ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program by Bottlenotes:

Inside ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training

“As the amount of wine Americans drinks continues to rise annually, so too does the number of people taking the Court of Master Sommeliers’ introductory exam,” reads a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. We scoped out the Intensive Sommelier Training program at International Culinary Center (ICC), based in Soho, NYC, and Silicon Valley, CA, to see the steps to somm-hood. The comprehensive course—the first and only approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas—educates candidates with 300+ wines (the bar tab would equal $10,000+ in any other setting), and culminates in the exam given on-site.

drinkThe seven somm steps:

  • Taste and taste and taste with the school’s Master Sommeliers to develop powers of identification
  • Grasp the logic of food-and-wine pairing recommendations
  • Learn proper storage, aging and service to bring the best out of your bottles
  • Show your business brain—design a wine list based on a case study
  • Walk the vineyards, tour the cellar and do the “viti-vini” on a field trip
  • Live the 8,000-year history of wine making via countries that blazed the taste trail
  • Embrace the challenge of a learning journey that will forever change the way you live, wine and dine


As the ultimate gift for a wine lover or a new career path for yourself, ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training classes are held throughout the year. For dates and details, please go to culinarycenter.com.

Learn more about ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training Program.

ICC CEO Talks Foodie Gifts to CBNC

International Culinary Center Founder & CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton gives her recommendation in CNBC’s “50 gift ideas for the foodie who has everything.”

Books for the foodie
Dorothy Cann Hamilton, International Culinary Center president and founder

Food memoirs head up the list of Hamilton’s gifts she likes to give and receive. For the barbecue fan or meat lover, she suggests barbecue expert Steve Raichlen’s books. Dorie Greenspan’s books are another favorite.

CLICK HERE for the full list.

The Cookie Games at ICC in Good Morning America

The Cookie Games at the International Culinary Center in Soho featured in ABC News:

“…the students of the International Culinary Center in New York City held the prestigious and competitive “Cookie Games.” Students were tasked with representing the country of their choice in cookie form, and the results were pretty creative.”

To read the full article and to check out the recipes for the winning cookies, click here: See Which Cookie Reigned Supreme at Culinary School Cookie Games

ICC & SinoVision Debut a New Cooking Show: Asian Kitchen

Got your chef’s hat set? What about the pots and pans? Well, it’s official folks – SinoVision has partnered with the International Culinary Center (ICC) to produce the network’s first cooking show, Asian Kitchen, a 12-episode series featuring chefs who graduated from the renowned cooking school headquartered in Soho, New York. The talents – all rising stars in New York City and graduates of either ICC’s Culinary or Pastry programs within the past 14 years – share their interpretations and influences of Asian cuisine for American audiences, including cooking demos and tips. Think of it as a one on one crash course with some of the hottest chefs around. The simple and unique recipes they will share are enjoyed by thousands of New Yorkers at their local restaurants, and now they’re going to be all yours.

Asian Kitchen will premiere Saturday November 15 at 7 PM on both NYC Channel 73 and WMBC Channel 63.3 as well as Sunday November 16 at 7 PM on WMBC Channel 63.4.

The show is being hosted by Christie Clements and Tian Zhu and will feature the following talents:

  • Chaz Brown, Executive Chef of Seoul Chicken and Seoul Noodle, NYC, creates Asia-meets-Dixie cuisine
  • Eton Chan, Founder of Eton’s Dumplings and Sous Chef at Facebook, NYC, specializes in dumplings, buns and hand-pulled noodles
  • Christina Lee, Pastry Chef of Recette and The Gander, NYC, draws her inspiration from modern art
  • Ben Pope, Executive Chef and Partner of 2duckgoose, Brooklyn, NY, where the Hong Kong native brings a European twist to classic Cantonese dishes
  • Suchanan Aksornnan (also known as Chef Bao Bao), Executive Chef of Baoburg, Brooklyn, NY, adds Spanish and Asian influences to French cuisine
  • Kee Ling Tong, Chocolatier and Owner of Kee’s Chocolates, NYC, makes chocolates flavored with seasonal ingredients
  • Jonathan Wu, Executive Chef and Partner of Fung Tu, NYC, is known for his creative, personal Chinese-American food

More About the International Culinary Center

Founded as The French Culinary Institute in 1984, the International Culinary Center (ICC) is the global expert in professional culinary and wine education, with programs in New York and California. The renowned six-month Total Immersion program has produced other talents as Bobby Flay, David Chang, Dan Barber, Hooni Kim, Christina Tosi and 15,000 more under the guidance of deans including Jacques Pepin and Jacques Torres. Awarded the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ “Culinary School of Excellence” for its career programs—the industry’s top honor—since 2010, ICC provides students with the credentials, confidence and connections to chart a successful career anywhere in the world. The White House announced ICC, along with the James Beard Foundation, will imagine and build the USA Pavilion at the World EXPO in Milan in 2015.

ICC Celebrates 30th Anniversary on CBS News

ICC CEO, dean and alums talk 30 years of ICC on CBS This Morning.

In 1984, The French Culinary Institute opened its doors in Soho, NYC. Flash-forward three decades, and FCI – now International Culinary Center (ICC) – has programs in New York and California, with more in the mix. Next big global move: The White House announced ICC and James Beard Foundation’s selection to build the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World’s Fair (EXPO) in Milan.

Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Dean Jacques Torres, and grads Michael Chernow, Wylie Dufresne and Daisy Martinez talk 30 Years of ICC on CBS This Morning’s THE Dish.

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