ICC Leading the Charge to Create USA Pavilion

Partnerships announced at reception held by Secretary of State John Kerry.


PR Newswire: Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 announced several key partnerships during a reception hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to mark the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

“As a global leader in advancing food security, the United States feels we have to seize this opportunity to be involved in the 2015 World Expo in a significant way,” said Secretary Kerry during today’s reception, attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Ambassador David Thorne, Incoming Milan Consul General Philip Reeker, U.S. Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Special Representative for Food Security Nancy Stetson, USA Pavilion partners and supporters, and other guests at the U.S. Department of State. “The Milan World Expo of 2015 is a chance for us to share with the world the work that American scientists, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, fishermen all continue to do day in and day out and hopefully help people to understand the ways in which we can make progress in the future.”

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International Culinary Center was chosen by the U.S. State Department along with the James Beard Foundation to program and mange the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. ICC Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton is the President of the USA Pavilion.

ICC and James Beard Foundation will be leading the charge with management and programming of the event including: 

MAIN PAVILION: The USA Pavilion structure pays homage to our rich agricultural history with an open design delimited by a vertical living wall that will be harvested daily.The flow leads visitors through a series of exhibitions and open gathering areas. 

FOOD TRUCK NATION: Our program will showcase the uniquely American food truck experience taking hold across the United States, a representation of American diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

CULTURAL PROGRAMMING: Fun, informational, educational and delicious programs, including outdoor evening entertainment, celebrations of regional culture, celebrity events,musical performances, tastings, and wellness activities will keep the pavilion abuzz day and night throughout the duration of the Expo.

SOCIAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE: A program extension, sponsor benefit, and tool for broad engagement that will use cutting-edge communications and engagement technology and strategy to expand the borders of the USA Pavilion to nearly 1 billion virtual visitors.

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM: Student ambassadors, drawn from universities across America by The University of Southern California, will serve as national representatives for the United States.

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Interview with David Kinch of Manresa

An interview with Dean David Kinch in the San Jose Food Blog.


“I had the honor of watching Chef David Kinch, Chef and proprietor of 2 Michelin Star winning restaurant, Manresa in Los Gatos, and also one of the deans of the International Culinary Center demonstrate the assembly and plating of a salad served at his restaurant to the students of the school.”

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UPDATE: We are saddened by the news of the two-alarm fire that tore through the roof at Manresa on July 7. We stand by our dean and look forward to an even stronger restaurant than before. Read more in the San Jose Mercury News: Manresa fire: Los Gatos restaurateur vows to reopen acclaimed venue

Before They Were Food Network Stars

Alumnus Bobby Flay  mentioned in an ABC News article about Food Network Stars:

After dropping out of high school, Flay took a job making salads at New York’s Theater District standby Joe Allen. Allen took a shine to him and paid his tuition to the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and ended up working his way up the culinary ladder…

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i-Italy: Dorothy Cann Hamilton on Expo Milan 2015

A video by i-Italy on EXPO Milano 2015 featuring ICC’s Founder & CEO.


Video by i-Italy:

The USA Pavilion is being spearheaded by Friends of the USA Pavilion 2015, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed by two leading organizations at the forefront of American gastronomy, the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center, in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and a diverse team of experts and advisors from across the United States of America, with support of the National Italian American Foundation.

The President is Dorothy Cann Hamilton, International Culinary Center. Interviews by Letizia Airos with her and some of the protagonists of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015.”

More info on www.i-italy.org and http://www.usapavilion2015.net/

World’s Best Pastry Chef Visits ICC

Chef Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca gave a private demo at ICC.


Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain visited ICC in advance of his U.S. tour. CLICK HERE to read the full article  in the Wall Street Journal.

“Spanish financial services group BBVA brought Jordi Roca, named the World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2014 by Restaurant Magazine, to New York City to teach a dozen student-chefs at the International Culinary Center some of the techniques that prompted the magazine’s judges to describe Roca as “part chef, part architect, part magician.'”

ICC Featured in Marie Claire Korea!

Marie Claire Korea says ICC is the best culinary school to achieve your dream in the culinary world. CLICK HERE to read full article.

Article includes interviews with:

  • Jacques Torres, Dean of Pastry Arts
  • Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Operations
  • Leland Scruby, Associate Dean of Students, Director of International and Career Services
  • Michael Chernow, Owner of NYC’s Meatball Shop, Professional Culinary Arts and Culinary Entrepreneurship Graduate
  • Daisy Martinez, TV Chef, Professional Culinary Arts Graduate
  • Choi Soojung, Professional Culinary Arts Graduate
  • Yeom Hyemin, Professional Pastry Arts and Cake Techniques and Design Graduate
  • Lo Bosworth, Professional Culinary Arts + Farm-to-Table Graduate