The Willy Wonkettes of Industry City

Liddabit’s founders are classically French-trained chefs, and they pay the same attention to ingredients as the most stringent craft chocolate-makers, but they’ve applied that focus to something far more approachable. “From the beginning,” Gutman notes, “candy bars were the cornerstone of the business.” For most chocolate companies, bonbons and truffles are the safe bet, King and Gutman didn’t want to stick to safe.

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ICC’s Founder: How to feed 9 billion people by 2050

This year as a culinary leader and educator, I have had the opportunity to hear from astronauts who, in space, saw the depleted water tables of California and listen to front-line workers from Save the Children tell of massive starvation around the world due to climate change, natural disaster and war. It shook me to the core of my casually held armchair opinions. The stories were riveting and makes feeding the populations that are food insecure so immediate and tangible. No longer can I just eat a meal; I am conscious of the moral obligations in what I eat and how we should cultivate that meal.

Read the full interview with Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center.

From Infantry To The Kitchen: A Grunt Turned Chef Talks Transition

When he got out of the Marine Corps, Tom Jones found a second career in cooking.

Chef Tom Jones didn’t grow up wanting to study culinary arts. In fact, he hadn’t learned much about cooking at all prior to enrolling at New York’s International Culinary Center in 1998.

Jones was a service member twice over — first joining the Army as an infantryman in 1983 and then re-enlisting in the Marines before retiring to become a world-class pastry chef and culinary instructor.

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International Culinary Center’s Career Fast-Track Culinary and Pastry Programs Available to Service Members & Their Families

(New York, NY – October TK, 2015) – International Culinary Center (ICC), the global leader in culinary and wine education, introduces the newly expanded ICC Military Scholarship for veterans, active military members, and their spouses and children. Prospective students can enroll in the Professional Culinary Arts or Professional Pastry Arts programs at the school’s New York City or Silicon Valley, California, campus.

The scholarship allows students who are eligible for the maximum in federal grants and 100% Post 9/11 benefits to attend the program with no out-of-pocket expenses.

“Culinary school requires discipline, the ability to take direction and teamwork toward a common goal—the backbone of any efficient kitchen team. All of these qualities are instilled in the military,” explains Erik Murnighan, President of ICC’s New York City school. “We are grateful for the sacrifices our service members and their families make, and delighted to offer veterans, active military and their families the opportunity to attend a world-class school, completing a professional program and entering the job market in as little as six months.”

Military student attendance at the school has been steadily increasing the past year; these students are able to gain an extensive culinary education in 6-9 months through ICC’s fast-track, hands-on approach. The result: real-world skills to maximize their preparation for a culinary career.

Tom Jones, Chef-Instructor of the Pastry Arts program at ICC, served several years in the Army and Marine Corps before returning to the U.S. and becoming an instructor at the school. “The military and culinary fields both require teamwork, attention to detail and commitment to the organization,” says Jones, pointing out the word “service” is used in both military and culinary circles. “The military is a great place to learn skills like teamwork, responsibility and life experiences, and those are assets for working in a kitchen.”

For more information on the ICC Military Scholarships on the New York campus: click here.

For more information on the ICC Military Scholarships on the California campus: click here.

Grad Meets Grill

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ICC alumna Angie Mar is the new “Chopped Grill Masters” grand champion!

She found her competitive voice during the tournament and let her food do the talking for her, cooking by relying on her gut despite at times hearing comments from the judges that would have discouraged less confident chefs. Certain basket ingredients almost threw her for a loop, like the rattlesnake in the appetizer round and the kokoretsi in the entree round, but she didn’t let that dictate the way things would turn out. Going into the dessert round alongside Stan, she was more determined than ever to show off her control of flavor in her final dish. And in the end she earned the title of Grand Champion, leaving with the $50,000 prize money and knowing that her plates got her to the finish line.

Read Angie’s interview on the FoodNetwork Blog.

More than 50 ICC alumni have competed on Chopped over the years

ICC graduates come well-prepared for the challenges presented by Food Network’s Chopped kitchen. Chopped is a cooking competition show where four chefs have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook an amazing course with the basket of mystery ingredients given to them moments before the clock starts ticking! Course by course, the chefs will be “chopped” from the competition. Chopped is a game of passion, expertise and skill — and in the end, only one chef will survive the Chopping Block.

Participating ICC graduates included Antonia Lofaso, Chris Nirschel, Kat Ploszaj, Andre Marrero, Elisabeth Weinberg, Helen Park, Hugh Mangum, Jason Khaytin, Palak Patel, Rachel Willen, Ruth Cimaroli, Vandy Vanderwarker, Kyle Bernstein, Zoe Feigenbaum, and many more.

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