Chef’s Story: Episode 80 – Hooni Kim

ICC Founder and CEO Dorothy Cann Hamilton interviews 2005 Professional Culinary Arts graduate Hooni Kim of Danji and Hanjan on Episode 80 of Chef’s Story.

Korean food is incredible – full of fermented goodness and culinary tradition, but it’s often overlooked. Find out how Hooni Kim is changing people’s perceptions of Korean Food and elevating the cuisine on a brand new episode of Chef’s Story. Chef Kim is the chef/owner of Hanjan and Danji, two restaurants that re-imagine Korean food in imaginative and inventive ways. Host Dorothy Cann Hamilton chats with chef Kim about his background in medicine, his transition to the kitchen and his passion for the food of Korea. Find out why you should trust your taste buds – not your nose – when it comes to Korean food and hear why Hooni’s ultimate dream is just to make people happy. Today’s show was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview on Heritage Radio Network.

Culinary Grad: Latin America’s Best Female Chef

2003 culinary grad Elena Reygadas named Best Female Chef in Latin America.

2003 Professional Culinary Arts graduate Elena Reygadas of ROSETTA in Mexico City was named Best Female Chef in Latin America!

“Described as the “understated queen of Mexico’s restaurant scene,” this year’s recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef award trained at The French Culinary Institute in New York and worked in some of London’s hottest kitchens, including Locanda Locatelli.”

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Chef Ray Dawson on Thinking Inside the Bun

Director of Culinary Operations Chef Ray Dawson talks America’s “Most Basic Comfort Food” with The Daily Beast:

Ray Dawson, director of culinary operations at the International Culinary Center, echoes Downing’s approach to thinking outside the bun. “We jazz up burgers because we can. You can add anything to it because it has a neutral flavor profile in itself.” Charged with initiating scores of new students, Dawson champions decorating the blank burger in his kitchen both as a way of instilling proper cooking techniques in his chefs-to-be, and also as a conduit to sample the spectrum of new technologies available, from boutique pickling to molecular gastronomy.

Read the full article here: Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food

Culinary Career Moves: Chefs Making a Change for the Better

An article in Toque Magazine featured “career changers” in the culinary world, including our own alumnus Irene Hamburger, vice president of Blue Hill Farm.

“With a notable career in the political sector and in banking, Irene Hamburger tried to ignore the voice insisting that she belonged in food. Now as vice president of Blue Hill Farm, a group of restaurants in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley, Hamburger is home at last.”

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The Kitchn: Culinary School Diaries

A journey through ICC’s Culinary Techniques course in The Kitchn.


The Kitchn Assistant Editor Ariel Knutson is documenting her journey through ICC’s three month Culinary Techniques course:

After dreaming about culinary school for the last five years, I finally signed up for a course this summer at the International Culinary Center in New York. The course, “Culinary Techniques,” is a three month class that meets two nights a week, and focuses on classic culinary traditions and methods like knife skills, stock-making, classic recipes, and some pastry.

Read about Ariel’s experience at International Culinary Center:
Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Pairing Knife
The Make-Ahead Egg Trick That Will Change Brunch Forever
Culinary School Makes Me Wonder Why I Refrigerate My Eggs
An Easy Way to Work on Your Pan Flip Technique
Butter is Even More Magical Than I Previously Realized
The Allure of Tomato Seed “Caviar”
What Are Sucs and Should We Care?
Don’t Like the Taste of Egg Yolk? Try Adding Lemon Peel!
An Easier Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
A Simple Tip for Beautiful Soufflés
Sometimes Making Your Own Puff Pastry Is Worth It
A Quick Trick for Making Plumper Mussels 
The Top 10 Things I Learned in Culinary School
10 Ways Culinary School Differs from Home Cooking

(Image credit: Ariel Knutson)

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.

CLICK HERE for the latest release. 

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.”

CLICK HERE for the interview.

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…

CLICK HERE to see the full slideshow.

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.”

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