“Trust your taste buds,” Chef Nicolay Yerofeyev councils his students. And from a man who never entertained the idea of being anything other than a chef, it is clear he took his own advice. Indeed, from his beginnings in Ukraine, to owning his own bistro in New York’s Greenwich Village, Chef Nicolay’s vast experience translates to invaluable real-world knowledge. His most memorable moments at the International Culinary Center have been spent working alongside students in L’Ecole. His advice to beginning chefs may sound simple, but in a busy kitchen its meaning is profound: know what’s cooking. Chef Nicolay joined the International Culinary Center in 2006.