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.”