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ICC In The News: Highlights from September 2019

ICC In The News provides monthly highlights from articles published around the world that feature alumni, deans, faculty and more within the ICC community. Stories of our 15,000+ alumni network and their successes are continuously popping up across various prestigious publications. Below, we have brought together some of our favorites from September 2019, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

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FORBES
Artistry From Ship To Shore: Talking To Chef Jacques Pepin

ICC Dean of Special Programs, Jacques Pépin, is more than just a world renowned chef—he’s also an extremely talented artist! In this interview with Forbes, Pépin shares how he’s making his fun, whimsical artwork accessible to food + art lovers and fans alike, as well as where you can find his latest commissioned work. We’ll give you a hint, it’s in the middle of the ocean! Click here to read more.

In this video with Seven Fifty Daily, Intensive Sommelier Training graduate Jhonel Faelnar is put to the test in their Supertasters Challenge to blind taste a mystery white wine. Watch to see how the Advanced Sommelier and Wine Director of Atomix breaks it down!

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HOLA!
In His Own Words: Chef Aarón Sánchez On Inspiring The Next Generation of LatinX Chefs

In anticipation of his debut memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, Chef Aarón Sánchez sat down with Hola! to share what he hopes readers will glean from his new book. He also talks about what it means to give back to the industry and provide young Latinos and Latinas opportunities through the “Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, which empowers aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend the best culinary school in the United States, The International Culinary Center.” Click here to read more!

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LOS ANGELES TIMES
How To Make The Best Kolaches From Our Favorite NYC Pastry Chef

Want to learn how to make the best kolaches ever? Cooking Columnist for the Los Angeles Times and ICC alumnus Ben Mims joined forces with fellow ICC graduate Zoë Kanan to collaborate on this easy to make apricot jam and poppy seed curd pastry. Did we mention they’re both ICC Outstanding Alumni Award winners? Get the recipe in the Los Angeles Times food section today!

Congratulations to ICC graduate Jeremy McKendry, co-owner of The Bakehouse, named Best Bakery in Connecticut Magazine’s 22nd Annual Best of Connecticut roundup! Read more about what makes The Bake House a destination in CT!

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MARIE CLAIRE
25 Women Changing the Future

Including among the likes of Alicia Garza, Awkwafina, and Yara Shahidi, ICC graduate Camilla Marcus has been named on Marie Claire’s list of 25 Women Changing the Future. Recognized by the magazine as ‘The Disrupter’, the restaurateur/founder of West-Bourne is serving up more than delicious vegetarian dishes—she’s created a forward-thinking model of how a restaurant could be run. From equal pay for all team members and their ‘Embrace Your Side Hustle Program’—a monthly stipend to accomplish goals beyond West-Bourne—to sustainable practices and a waste-efficient menu, click here to read more about the work she’s doing!

Husband + wife duo Kenneth (Professional Culinary Arts ’10) and Doris Wan are bringing their restaurant Meta Asian Kitchen to Denver, Colorado! Check out the creative and modern versions of classic Asian street food items they’ll be cooking up soon in Denver Eater.

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The Philippine Tatler
Chef’s Table: Tom Bascon Talks About The Experiences That Shaped Him

Chef Tom Bascon, 2005 Professional Culinary Arts graduate, is the Executive Chef at M Dining in the Phillipines. Click here to read his interview with The Philippine Tatler to hear how the French techniques he learned at ICC continue to influence his kitchen today.

Adi Kadem, 2004 Professional Culinary Arts graduate, is cooking up tapas-style dishes at Assaf Winery’s Adika Cafe in Tel Aviv! Start out with the labneh sprinkled with za’atar, followed by homemade challah slathered in spicy tomato jam. Make sure to leave room for the brisket-topped baba ganoush! Read more about the Napa of Northern Israel in the Washington Post here.

Looking for a new barbeque spot in Minneapolis? Professional Culinary Arts graduate Jon Wipfli is the Chef/Owner of Animales, where he’s smoking beef ribs, pork shoulder and more all from his food truck. Check out his truck featured on Thrillist’s roundup of the 20 Best Food Trucks in the Twin Cities!

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Westchester Magazine
This ‘Top Chef’ Celebrity Is Opening a Westchester Restaurant Next Week

ICC alumnus, Ben Pope is leading the kitchen as Executive Chef of Dale Talde’s new restaurant Goosefeather at the Tarrytown House Estate. Talde’s newest restaurant is an ode to the cuisine of Hong Kong, emphasizing dumplings, noodle dishes and Cantonese barbecue. Read more about this must-visit restaurant in Westchester Magazine.

ICC alumna, Erika Nakamura, Co-Owner of J&E SmallGoods is no stranger to butcher shop cases. Now, she’s bringing a new line of consumer-packaged goods to sausage lovers! See what Bloomberg says in this review of their Kielbasa which are made from sustainably raised beef and pork, without nitrates and are redolent in hickory smokiness. Click here to read more.

Chef John Matsubara, ICC graduate and former Executive Chef of Merriman’s Honolulu, opened his first restaurant—Feast in Mānoa—a fresh take on comfort food with island roots and a twist of the culinary big city! Check out one of his many standout dishes like the sake salmon chazuke or butter-poached crab in a roll. Read more about his new restaurant in Honolulu Magazine here. Plus, click here to see what he says about one of his mentors, ICC Dean Chef André Soltner, and how he inspired his favorite way to eat natto in this interview with Frolic Hawaii.

Miriam Gitelman, graduate of ICC’s Professional Pastry Arts program developed her chocolate business in her home over the last five years while working as the co-founder and COO of an e-commerce business. Last week, she opened Coco Jolie in Englewood, NJ, a kosher, vegan chocolatier with confections so exquisite you can’t help but admire them. Check out Gitelman’s artistic bon bons which resemble small jewels more than chocolate!

Baking with bugs—on purpose! In this month’s issue of Pastry Arts Magazine our Director of Pastry, Chef Jansen Chan, sat down to discuss all things insect flour. While the consumption of bugs is not a new concept, we’re seeing it more and more. Read more about it and learn how Chef Jansen cooked with bug flour here.

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WASHINGTON POST
Before You Pour All That Maple Syrup On Your Pancakes, Here’s What You Should Know About It

Laura Sorkin, Professional Culinary Arts alumna and co-owner of Runamok Maple in Fairfax, VT, sat down with the Washington Post to discuss everything maple syrup. From different grades, to storing your liquid gold, check out her expert tips + delicious recipes like maple butter and frozen maple mousse!

ICC alumnus Walter Donadio is the Executive Chef of the new Jersey City restaurant, Lokal JC. In this interview with BroadwayWorld.com, Chef Walter shares that diners can expect a fresh locally sourced menu from the Garden State while enjoying jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline. Read more about the newest addition to Jersey City’s revitalized dining scene here.

The New York Times editor Emily Weinstein provides a special shout out to ICC alumna Danielle Oron (Culinary ’06) and her recently published cookbook Food You Love But Different. In it, Danielle shares how to simplify your cooking in an exciting way, embracing recipes she loves, but adding a twist. Click here to read more.

Get a sneak-peek at Sarah Welch’s restaurant, Marrow, in Detroit. The ICC alumna takes SEEN inside the kitchen where they’re working to rekindle the butcher-customer relationship by building a sustainable, equitable business. Watch the video here.

Another 2005 Professional Culinary Arts graduate is in the news this month! Jonathan Beatty, the new executive chef of La Tavola in Atlanta, Georgia, is excited to bring his expertise to the 20 year old restaurant with a new take on the Italian menu. Read more about it in Food and Beverage Magazine here.

CELEBRATE NEW YORK BREAD WEEK AT ICC THIS OCTOBER

We’re gearing up for the ‘Bread Carpet’ this Fall! After their debut competition in 2018, the Tiptree World Bread Awards returns to New York City this October for the second annual competition—inviting professional bread bakers to stake their claim alongside some of the best breads in the world. ICC is proud to return as the Educational Partner for the Awards and we’re excited to share that Chef Jansen Chan (ICC Director of Pastry Operations) and ICC Graduates Melissa Weller (Highstreet on Hudson), Rhonda Crosson (Meyers USA) and Zoë Kanan (Simon & The Whale and Studio) will be bringing their expertise to the judging panel.

NY Bread Week 2019

In honor of their return to New York City, the organizers of the Tiptree World Bread Awards USA, in partnership with Edible Queens, are delighted to announce the first-ever New York Bread Week (Thursday October 24 – Wednesday October 30, 2019) to celebrate all things bread. With the Awards at the heart of it – Judging Day is on Tuesday October 29 and Awards Evening on Wednesday October 30 at Landmark on the Park, Central Park West – the week of events and activities is set to feature some of the best breads available in NYC. From bread and Tiptree jam-tastings at the world-famous Zabars to specials at bakeries & cookbook shops and bread baking classes at ICC, there will be no shortage of bread-related fun to enjoy!

Check out how you can join in the festivities at ICC below. Be sure to follow us @iccedu and #I♥NewYorkBreadWeek for bread baking tips from our dedicated Bread-Instructor, Chef Johnson Yu and his Art of International Bread Baking class!

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Bread Appreciation Day at ICC: NY Bread Week Kick-Off!
October 24, 2019 | Thursday, 3:15-4:15pm

Open to ICC Students & Staff and by Invite Only

To kick-off New York Bread Week, we’re hosting a Bread Appreciation Day to thank our Art of International Bread Baking students and their instructor, Chef Johnson, for all that they do to provide delicious breads for the school each day! Throughout the day, we’ll be sharing a behind-the-scenes look at our dedicated bread kitchen, as well as baking, proofing and fermenting tips to achieve the perfect crust and crumb on our Instagram @iccedu. Then in the afternoon, we invite all ICC students, staff and guests to “break bread” together in the 2nd floor Amphitheater! Come and enjoy the freshly-baked loaves from the Bread class paired with a selection of jams provided by Tiptree and tea provided by Rishi Tea. Plus, you’ll be able to take a loaf, baguette or roll home with you!

ICC’s Artisanal Bread Baking Course
October 21-25, 2019 | Mon-Fri, 5pm-11pm
Price: $1,575
Register Here

Get ready to channel your inner bread baker during New York Bread Week 2019! This inspiring class—taught by the same instructors who teach our professional program—will train you in the proper mixing, kneading and professional bread baking techniques to make breads from around the world. In this 5-day course, you’ll gain the techniques to properly mix, ferment, fold, shape, score, finish and bake a variety of breads and viennoiseries including baguettes, brioche, challah, croissants, traditional loaf breads and more! Even if you have no prior experience making bread, you’ll discover the joy of baking and unleash its mysteries, while learning techniques for a spectrum of tastes and textures. Plus, students will receive a special gift from Tiptree, sponsor of the World Bread Awards USA. Click here to learn more.

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From Culinary School to Lifestyle Brand, How Chefanie Built Her Business

You may be wondering, “what can I do with my Professional Culinary or Pastry Arts education after I graduate?” From working in esteemed kitchens around the world in any number of global cuisines, to building their own businesses and brands, our alumni work in every facet of the food industry.

Take 2015 graduate of our Professional Culinary Arts program, Stephanie Nass. Chefanie, as she’s better known to her 70,000+ Instagram followers, is a culinary influencer, dessert innovator and creative caterer with a culinary lifestyle brand that’s growing!

Before graduating from ICC, Chefanie began hosting private dinner parties through Victory Club, a social dining club for young professionals to connect over the culinary and visual arts. If that wasn’t enough, in 2016, Stephanie launched Chefanie Sheets, an innovative dessert “accessory” that can elevate any store bought or homemade dessert. These eye-catching designs have been featured on The Today Show, Refinery 29 and even in O Magazine.

Today, she’s continued to further expand her brand with Chefanie.com, a one-stop shop for tableware, accessories, recipes, and even advice for hosting the perfect parties. With her brand set to become the next Martha Stewart, we sat down with our grad to learn more about why she chose to go to culinary school, growing her business and so much more. Read below for the full interview!

Where were you born & raised? Was cooking and food something you were exposed to at a young age?

I grew up in Westchester, New York! At home, love came in the form of food, and as a child, bliss was hanging in the kitchen, watching my mother cook, tasting every single thing she made.

Why did you choose to go to culinary school?      

I wanted to go to culinary school for so many reasons! To learn formal techniques, to meet peers as passionate about the culinary arts, and for the professional credibility that comes with having a culinary degree.

When did you decide to start your brand? How did you initially start Victory Club and what did it morph into?
I began hosting art-inspired suppers in my first NY apartment in 2014. Those meals turned into Victory Club, which is now a roving dining club that brings young professionals together over the culinary and visual arts in arts spaces. Chefanie grew out of Victory Club, and is now a culinary lifestyle brand that encompasses products, services, and media.

What has it been like to work with major brands like Ann Taylor and Uniqlo? How have you secured those brand deals?
It has been a tremendous honor to work with all of my clients. By making interesting things and sharing them on social media, I have been able to form relationships with brands that have endured for several years.

You graduated from ICC’s Culinary Arts program, but you’re well known for your cakes and cookies. How did you decide to expand?
I earned my degree in Professional Culinary Arts and always cooked savory; however when I launched Chefanie Sheets — edible sheets in decorative patterns for cakes, cookies, and donuts — I began getting more orders for patterned treats than anything else. Chefanie offers seated dinners, passed hors d’oeuvres, and creative grazing tables, as well as customized treats.

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How have you grown your audience over the years?
Day to day, I strive to create interesting work, capture that work in photographs and videos, and share them online. As much as possible, I engage with my audience and other influencers to create conversation.

Do you have a piece of advice for a student wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Work from your heart — and work hard!

What’s next for Chefanie? Any fun projects coming up that you can share?
We’ll be launching new products on October 30! Every single item was inspired by the festive season and conceived to spark cheer. (Subscribe to our newsletter to see everything the moment it launches!) Other than that, we’ll be blogging our best entertaining and cooking ideas, and hopefully those will become a book in 2020!

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On the Nose-To-Tail Movement with Sarah Welch of Marrow

chef sarah welchJust this year, Chef Sarah Welch’s restaurant, Marrow, was nominated for a James Beard Award and named one of Eater’s 16 Best New Restaurants in America. Her restaurant, where she is the Executive Chef and Partner, is arguably one of the hottest restaurants of 2019—not just in Detroit, but in America. So, who is the 2010 graduate of our Professional Culinary Arts program?

She was raised between Jamaica and Michigan in a family that surrounded themselves with culture, cooking, and eating. After earning a degree from MSU in Restaurant Management, Sarah left Michigan to pursue her culinary studies at ICC, where she graduated at the top of her class. While most of her training comes from notable Michigan chef Brian Polcyn, she grew a loyal following during her tenure as Executive Chef of Republic Tavern, an extremely seasonal, award-winning, nose-to-tail restaurant in Detroit. Today, Sarah is the Executive Chef and Partner at restaurant-butcher shop hybrid Marrow, where she explores seasonal ingredients through a world lens.

Marrow is a farm-focused restaurant and whole animal butcher shop, working with local farms and purveyors that embrace sustainable, humane, and ethical practices. With the desire to be known as the neighborhood spot where customers feel at home, their mission is to “…connect local producers to local communities with a focus on constant evolution through education.”

To contribute to the Detroit community, they support local charities, mentor culinary students, and work with local businesses to better connect people to the food they eat. We sat down with Sarah to discuss life after culinary school, why the nose-to-tail movement is so important, and how supporting local can give back to a community. Check out our interview below!

Where were you born & raised? Was cooking and food something you were exposed to at a young age?

I grew up splitting my time between Ann Arbor, where my family lived, and Boughton, Jamaica in the West Indies where my father was building a resort. We grew up with Jamaican children who, unlike the American children we were friends with, could cook for themselves as early as 8. I was fascinated with their ability to grill fish over open fires or make dumplings from just flour and water. Those are certainly foundational memories for me, but my family, as a whole, is very food focused. Eating Foie Gras for Christmas wasn’t unusual, so I’m sure that played a part in my interest in food too.

Why did you choose to go to ICC? Was there a reason that you decided to attend culinary school first instead of jumping into the restaurant industry?

I had always wanted to go to culinary school, but my father insisted that I go to business school first. He figured I’d have a change of heart because he knew that it was a hard career that doesn’t always pay well. But, I’m stubborn, so after graduating from Michigan State University with my business degree I made good on my word and enrolled in culinary school.

I chose to go to culinary school, instead of going straight into the industry, because I knew that there was a lot that I didn’t know. I didn’t want to be operating at a disadvantage. I knew culinary school wouldn’t provide me with everything that I needed to know, but that it would give me a foundation of knowledge and a greater chance at success when I did join the work force.

I chose ICC because I only needed hands on knowledge—not a four year degree. While working in Lansing, Michigan area kitchens before choosing a school, I had asked around about reputable places to go. One of my chefs at the time insisted I check out ICC. I went on a tour and immediately felt like the type of education that ICC was providing, with intense hands-on training and real life experience cooking classic food, was the kind of education I was looking for. Also, I really liked that there was a work requirement to the education. My externship at the Spotted Pig was hugely influential to my career trajectory. Not to mention, the school has an incredible network of alumni and chefs, and I knew that was a huge part of the industry and your success in it.

Do you still use any knowledge that you learned at ICC in your day-to-day?

I don’t often find myself relating the skills I have to what I learned in school versus what I learned in kitchens after school, but I know that the knowledge I gained in school allowed me the experiences in my career. There are certainly techniques, finer points of cooking, which I have that those without a culinary education do not have—I’m also aware that they have a working knowledge of the industry that I do not yet have. Regardless, I am certain I use the knowledge I gained in many ways.

What made you interested in the nose-to-tail movement?

My externship at ICC led me to staging at The Spotted Pig which opened my eyes to offal cookery. I decided to leave NYC to work for Brian Polcyn, the co-author of Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing and Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing. Working for him, I learned how to fabricate and manipulate most animals. I also learned the importance of full utilization and its impact on not just the planet, but the bottom line of a business. Its been a cornerstone of my cooking, both from an ethical and a pragmatic stance, ever since.

Why is exploring local ingredients and educating your customers about their food so important to you?

I think people are far too removed from the food chain. I feel responsible for ensuring that people who dine with us understand where their food comes from and what it took to get the food to them so that they understand the pricing. By educating people about the food they eat, they are more empowered to make better food choices. An educated customer base, one that understands the implications behind the food that they eat, has the capacity to drastically improve the food network as a whole. And so we work slowly to bring food consumption and cultivation back to a local economy— to wean off commodity food purchasing and return to seasonal, local eating. We know food that spends less time travelling isn’t just better tasting, but that it’s less harmful to the planet.

Joey Baldino

Joey Baldino

Joey Baldino

Graduate of the Professional Culinary Arts program 2002

Chef and restaurateur Joseph Baldino, known for his deeply traditional Italian cooking, owns Sicilian BYOB Zeppoli in Collingswood, New Jersey and Palizzi Social Club. He is an eight-time James Beard Award semifinalist, and in 2017, Bon Appetit ranked Palizzi Social Club the #4 restaurant in the United States. Prior to opening Zeppoli, he honed his culinary skills at Vetri, Osteria, and in the kitchens of other top Philadelphia chefs including Georges Perrier, Michael Solomonov, and Jose Garces. As a young cook, he apprenticed with Alice Waters at her legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, worked at Ana Tasca Lanza’s farm in Sicily and cooked at Daniel Boulud’s New York City flagship Daniel.

He is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Today, he proudly resides just blocks from Palizzi Social Club, near Mr. Martino’s Trattoria, where he had his first restaurant job bussing tables, and proudly carries on his family’s third-generation South Philly legacy of good food and authentic hospitality.

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Announcing New Mystery Basket Challenge For Professional Culinary Arts Students

The culinary industry is fast-paced and constantly growing, which is why our Professional Culinary Arts curriculum continues to evolve, preparing students for today’s kitchens and culinary scene. Whether it’s harnessing the wave of culinary technology—with lessons on sous-vide, low-temperature cooking, hydrocolloids and more—or connecting your culinary techniques to the beginning of the food chain—embracing sustainability and seasonality through our Farm-to-Table extension, students learn the techniques that today’s chefs need to know.

That is why we were so excited to launch a new addition to Level 4 of our Professional Culinary Arts program earlier this year—The Mystery Basket Challenge! On the final day of their 400 hours at ICC, and prior to going on their externships, students are given 4 secret ingredients and are tasked with creating an original dish from scratch. In only 2 hours, they’ll be asked to conceptualize, plan, cook, plate and present their dish to a panel of judges. The challenge allows student’s to flex their creative muscles and combine the culinary and plating techniques learned with the skills they’ve developed for consistency in flavor, timing and presentation.

Leland Clark, Vice President of Student Affairs, remarked that the “Mystery Basket Challenge was designed as a culmination of students’ four levels of progressively complex cooking, and as an exhilarating final activity before they begin their professional externships. We are always excited to see the amazing creativity and skill on display in each group!” With a few classes now having completed the Mystery Basket Challenge, we’ve seen great use of the secret ingredients in imaginative applications like a savory brittle, scallion and kale pancakes and even a pork pho with handmade noodles!

Plus, with a very generous donation from Crooked Brook and the Mohawk Valley Trading Company, 1st and 2nd place winners walk away with prizes—like a beautifully crafted apron or a giant jar of organic maple syrup—after the challenge. Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef coats and aprons for the world’s most distinguished and discerning chefs since 1989. The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality organic, unprocessed natural products they can produce such as maple syrup, maple sugarraw honey and beeswax candles.

Below, check out some of the images from our recent Mystery Basket Challenges and get inspired for your future challenge in Level 4 of the Professional Culinary Arts program!

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Becoming An Advanced Sommelier: 6 ICC Alumni Who Have Done It!

What does it take to join the ranks of Advanced Sommeliers? Look no further than these 6 Intensive Sommelier Training graduates who have achieved this designation!

Here at ICC, our Intensive Sommelier Training program students learn how to taste and evaluate more than 300 bottles from around the world in just 10 or 17 weeks. Since ICC has the only program approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas®, our students have the opportunity to take the Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations back-to-back, on-site at ICC upon successful completion of our program.

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977 as the premier international examining body to encourage improved standards or beverage knowledge and service. There are four certification levels within the Court—Introductory Sommelier, Certified Sommelier, Advanced Sommelier and Master Sommelier. Since the first exam in 1969, only 262 professionals in the world have earned the title of Master Sommelier—14 of them teach in our Intensive Sommelier Training program here in Soho.

To become a Master Sommelier means to pass one of the most notoriously difficult examinations in the world—you may be familiar with this if you’ve seen the documentary “SOMM”. But, that doesn’t make the prior exams much easier. In fact, it is said that the Advanced Sommelier Examination is a significant “jump” from the Certified, meaning that the knowledge level required is much greater. It takes years of preparation, dedication and experience to even be considered for the Advanced Sommelier Course—the court requires a minimum of “two years of restaurant experience in a service/sales position and must be in the restaurant/hospitality or beverage industry” in addition to having passed the Certified Sommelier Examination one year prior. To be invited to sit for the Advanced Sommelier Examination, one must have a minimum of three years of experience and successfully completed the Advanced Sommelier Course. The examination itself is broken down into three parts, written theory, practical service and blind tasting. As the last exam before the prestigious Master Sommelier Examination, the stakes are pretty high!

It is an incredibly rigorous process to join the ranks of the Advanced and Master Sommeliers. Since the inception of our Intensive Sommelier Training program, at least 6 alumni have gone on to become Advanced Sommeliers—an incredible achievement and we’re honored to play a small role in the beginning of their journey. Below, learn what it took for these graduates to achieve their Advanced Sommelier designations, what a career in wine looks like, and who’s preparing for the Master Sommelier Examinations!

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Jhonel Faelnar | Wine Director & Sommelier | ATO Company (ATOBOY NYC & ATOMIX NYC)

Graduated in 2014 Passed The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2016

From Manila to Japan and finally NYC, Jhonel Faelner landed in the Big Apple to pursue his love of wine after a stint in fashion and being swept up by the wine culture in Japan. In 2013, Jhonel received scholarships from both the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center to attend ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program. Upon completion of the program, he successfully passed the CMS Certified Sommelier Exams. After, he worked his way thru One Five Hospitality and the Make It Nice family at The Nomad before running the wine program at one of the country’s hottest restaurants, ATOMIX. In 2017 Jhonel was awarded ICC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Outstanding Sommelier. Jhonel is an Advanced Sommelier studying for his Master Sommelier; he is a Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier for 2018 and the Wine Director at ATO Company, overseeing the beverage program at both ATOBOY and ATOMIX in NYC.

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Aaron Babcock | Sommelier | Quince Restaurant

Graduated in 2012 Passed The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2015

Aaron developed a deep curiosity about wine while working at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in a small town just south of Pittsburgh, PA. Having had the honor of working throughout various restaurants on the property, he honed his skills in fine dining. With wine on the mind, Aaron enrolled at ICC in Campbell, CA in 2012 to complete the Intensive Sommelier Training program as well as the CMS Certified exam at the age of 21. From there he returned to Nemacolin for a year. Soon, Aaron was offered a job at Manresa, the 3 star Michelin restaurant by Chef David Kinch in Los Gatos, CA. There he worked as a Sommelier with Jim Rollston, MS. After passing the CMS Advanced Exam at the age of 24, he became the Sommelier at Quince in San Francisco. At Quince, Aaron has been able to help expand the wine program, as well as being able to be part of the transition from 2 to 3 Michelin stars. While remaining at Quince, Aaron continues to prepare for the Master Sommelier exam and occasionally teaches wine education classes in the Bay Area. Aaron is the 2018 recipient of ICC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Outstanding Sommelier.

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Robert Vardanian | Wine Director | Wally’s Fine Wine, Spirits & Gourmet Market

Graduated in 2013 | Passed The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2017

Robert Vardanian is a sommelier and the Wine Director at Wally’s Fine Wine, Spirits & Gourmet Market in California. His career in fine wine began as a sommelier at BOA Steak and Church & State. In 2013, Robert enrolled in ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program and went on to achieve his Certified Sommelier distinction with the Court of Master Sommeliers. After joining Wally’s in 2015, Robert worked his way up and became the Wine Director. In 2017, he became an Advanced Sommelier after years of hard work. Since then, Robert has been avidly working towards higher certifications while sharing his passion and experience with his guests.

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Rebecca Miller | Sommelier | La Toque

Graduated in 2011 | Passed Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2017

Rebecca Miller is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds credentials as a Certified Specialist of Wine and French Wine Scholar. Rebecca is a sommelier in the Napa Valley at the Michelin starred La Toque working with a prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list. In 2011, Rebecca graduated from ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program, passing her Certified Sommelier exam immediately following. Before joining the team at La Toque Rebecca was on the opening staff of In Situ, an exhibition restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rebecca worked with the wine lists of Prima, Verbena, LB Steak, and Alexander’s Steakhouse in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Minjoo Kim | Head Sommelier | Les Clefs de Crystal

Graduated in 2013 | Passed The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2017

Minjoo Kim, Advanced Sommelier, began her foray into food and wine training to become a chef and received her Culinary Arts Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. It was during her time as a culinary apprentice that she realized her passion for wine and sought to further her education at the International Culinary Center in New York, enrolling in the Intensive Sommelier Training program. In 2013, after passing the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory and Certified Sommelier Exams at ICC, she returned to Korea to begin her wine career. Over the years Minjoo has worked as both Manager and Chief Sommelier for Hannam Liquor, retail shop and wine bar, as well as a tasting educator for the International Food and Wine Society, and Judge of the Korea Sommelier Wine Awards and Korean Wine Fair. In 2017 she passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Sommelier Exam and in 2019 was named Korea’s Sommelier of the Year.

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Jerry Cox | Sommelier | Le Coucou

Graduated in 2014 | Passed The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Exam in 2019

Jerry Cox is the newest ICC alum to be inducted into the elite group of Advanced Sommeliers. Jerry graduated from ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program in 2014. After passing the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations, Jerry brought his new wine knowledge to the team at Colicchio and Sons. Today, Jerry is the Sommelier at Le Coucou. He successfully joined the ranks of Advanced Sommeliers in 2019.

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10 Alumni Cookbook Releases You Can’t Miss This Fall

FROM ANGIE MAR'S DEBUT COOKBOOK, TO TYLER KORD'S NEW PROJECT DEDICATED TO CHICKEN, HERE'S WHAT WE CAN'T WAIT TO "PRE-ORDER"!

As another summer filled with restaurant openings, rosé wine pairings and NYC heat waves comes to an end, it’s time to usher in one of the most beloved seasons of all—Fall! For many, this stirs memories of going back-to-school, sipping hot apple cider and getting into the kitchen for Holiday entertaining. Since National Cookbook Month is just around the corner (it happens each October), it’s time for publishing houses to release their roster of new cookbooks. We’re excited to share a sneak peek at 10 ICC alumni who have books hitting shelves this Fall, plus a special mention of a new memoir from ICC 2019 Commencement Keynote Speaker, Aarón Sánchez!

So whether you’re in need of a new recipe to spice up your fall, or looking for some inspiration to get back-to-school in one of our culinary or pastry programs, look no further than these alumni cookbooks coming out soon! Check out the full list below to pre-order your favorites!

FRESH & FLAVORFUL LATIN SUPERFOODS: 100 SIMPLE, DELICIOUS, AND ENERGIZING RECIPES FOR TOTAL HEALTH

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Author: Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Pastry Arts ’08
Release Date: October 15, 2019
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While many people associate healthy cooking with flavorless food, ICC alumna Leticia Schwartz is on a mission to prove that healthy eating can be absolutely delicious! In the award-winning author’s latest book, she introduces new and improved Latin recipes utilizing healthful, nutritious ingredients so you can enjoy your favorites without compromising on flavor.

Butcher and Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat

Butcher and Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat: A Cookbook
Author: Angie Mar
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’11
Release Date: October 1, 2019
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The Beatrice Inn’s presence in New York City spans close to a century, and its history is ever changing. From one of New York’s first speakeasies—frequented by Fitzgerald and Hemingway—to a beloved neighborhood Italian restaurant before becoming one of the city’s most notorious night clubs. When ICC graduate Angie Mar purchased the Beatrice Inn in 2016, she led the storied landmark into its next chapter—transforming the space and menu into a stunning den where guests are meant to throw caution to the wind and engage in their most primal senses.

In her debut cookbook, Angie will showcase over 80 recipes with her signature unconventional approach to flavor, including Beatrice Inn favorites like Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder, Duck and Foie Gras Pie and Bone Marrow–Bourbon Crème Brûlée. Plus, readers will get a glimpse into her controversial and cutting-edge dry-aging techniques, adoration of Champagne, her rise to the top of the NYC restaurant scene and more!

The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids: Essential Skills and Recipes Every Young Chef Should Know

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Author: Pierre A. Lamielle
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’08
Release Date: September 1, 2019
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Looking to get in the kitchen with your little ones? Pierre Lamielle, a 2008 Culinary Arts grad, is making cooking fun with the “Munchy Munchy Gang,” a team of characters educating kids on the art of cooking! With over 28 kid friendly recipes, like ketchup and pancakes, these fun illustrations bring the kitchen to life and make complex cooking theories, like balancing the five tastes, accessible to kids of all ages.

Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen

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Author: Bobby Flay
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’84
Release Date: September 24, 2019
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Bobby Flay strikes again! This time, in his most personal cookbook yet, he opens up his home to share 165+ recipes that he cooks at home for family and friends. From everyday favorites to his bold signature pull-no-punches cooking style, expect to take your flavors to the next level with recipes like sticky-savory-sweet Korean BBQ chicken and Spanish-style shrimp and grits! With Bobby by your side, cooking at home just got a lot more exciting.

The Joys of Baking: Recipes and Stories for a Sweet Life

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Author: Samantha Seneviratne
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’06
Release Date: October 8, 2019
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Cooking may be a necessity—everyone needs to eat—but baking is different. Inspired by the the best selling cookbook The Joy of Cooking, ICC alumna Samantha Seneviratne delivers a delicious cookbook filled with 75 ways to bake yourself back up when you feel like you’ve hit the bottom. Exploring a different theme in each chapter, she shares recipes like like Chocolate Cardamom Swirl Babka and Coffee Crème Bundt Cake paired with touching, humorous and thoughtful essays. From moments of comfort and solace, to happy, joyous times, dessert is always there when you need it most!

Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly's Palizzi Social Club

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Author: Joey Baldino and Adam Erace
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’02
Release Date: October 29, 2019
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ICC alumnus Joey Baldino is known around South Philly and New Jersey for his delicious, mouthwatering Italian food. So when Joey took over his late Uncle Ernie’s business, the Palizzi Social Club, he made an already exclusive members-only club the hottest table in town. For his debut cookbook, Joey and co-author Adam Erace give readers a look at the history behind this 100-year old social club and a peak into Chef Joey’s Southern Italian-inspired menu that’s getting Palizzi recognized in Bon Appetit, Esquire and more!

Made in Mexico: Classic And Contemporary Recipes From Mexico City

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Author: Danny Mena
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’05
Release Date: September 10, 2019
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Inspired by the best restaurants, fondas, loncherías, and taco stands in Mexico City and adapted for the home cook, Made in Mexico is a delicious blend of classic regional and contemporary Mexican cuisine from celebrated chef Danny Mena’s hometown. In more than a hundred dishes, this ICC graduate shows home cooks the depth and diversity of true Mexican cooking with explanations for proper technique and suggestions for ingredient variations. Plus, the transportive photography will place you right in the middle of Mexico City’s vibrant culinary scene.

Judy Joo's Korean Soul Food: Authentic dishes and modern twists

Korean Soul Food
Author: Judy Joo
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Pastry Arts ’04
Release Date: October 7, 2019
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Philly Cheesesteak dumplings? Yes, please! Fresh from the success of Korean Food Made Simple, ICC alumna Judy Joo is back with a brand new collection of 100+ recipes that celebrate the joys of Korean comfort food and get straight to the heart and soul of the kitchen. Drawing on her own heritage, Judy presents recipes that appeal to amateur chefs and accomplished home cooks alike with street food to snacks and sharing plates, kimchi to Ko-Mex fusion food and more!

Food52 Dynamite Chicken

Food52 Dynamite Chicken
Author: Tyler Kord
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’02
Release Date: October 8, 2019
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Running out of new ways to love everyone’s ultimate dinnertime winner? In Tyler Kord’s newest cookbook, he teamed up with Food52 to deliver a clever collection of inventive chicken dishes that you’ll never get tired of. From Chicken & Kimchi Pierogies and Spicy Parmesan Chicken Potpie to Roast Chicken with All of the Vegetables in Your CSA and Patrick’s Fried Chicken with Spicy Pickles, you’ll be reaching for this book over and over again. Plus, you’ll learn great kitchen how-tos like carving, spatchcocking, making stocks and more!

Hangover Helper: Delicious Cures from Around the World

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Author: Lauren Shockey
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’08
Release Date: October 1, 2019
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In Hangover Helper, Lauren Shockey follows up her 2011 memoir and cookbook with her first ever full-fledged cookbook. Hangover Helper explores essential tried and true recipes to cure your hangover, collected from culinary traditions from around the world. With over 50 recipes, like the American Pepperoni Pizza Bagel or the Japanese Green Tea and Rice Soup, there’s something to satisfy any appetite. It’s a must-buy for the playful side of your culinary shelf!

Special Mention

Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef

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Author: Aarón Sánchez
Chef Aarón was ICC’s 2019 Commencement Speaker and provides full-tuition scholarships to ICC through his philanthropy, The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund
Release Date: October 1, 2019
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While Aarón Sánchez may not be a graduate of the school, we certainly can’t miss the opportunity to support our 2019 Commencement Keynote Speaker and founder of The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund which provides full-tuition scholarships to ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program! In his memoir, Aarón delves into his formative years with remarkable candor and reveals how he fell in love with cooking at such a young age. Throughout, he shares the invaluable lessons he learned—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look at the untraditional life of a professional chef and TV personality. You won’t want to miss this inspirational account of how his talent and passion took him to the top of his profession!

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ICC In The News: Highlights from August 2019

ICC In The News provides monthly highlights from articles published around the world that feature alumni, deans, faculty and more within the ICC community. Stories of our 15,000+ alumni network and their successes are continuously popping up across various prestigious publications. Below, we have brought together some of our favorites from August 2019, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

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MUNCHIES
Wylie Dufresne Reinvents the Breakfast Sandwich with Cara Nicoletti

We don’t mind that Wylie Dufresne reinvented the breakfast sandwich because he added his signature scientific twist using NO2! Watch the Professional Culinary Arts grad and owner of Du’s Donuts on Munchies Youtube channel create an eclair inspired dish here.

Read about what Executive Chef Timothy Adams (Professional Culinary Arts ’10) is cooking up at Il Palato in St. Louis! You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a “swanky hotel in Sorrento” all while dining on delicious dishes like Tagliolini with cauliflower puree, tagliolini noodles, anchovy gremolata and Parmesan or pan-seared scallops with saffron cream, neonata and vegetal sfogliatella. Read more here in River Front Times.

Eng Su, a culinary arts grad, recently opened his second restaurant in Singapore! He’s serving up Peranakan food at The Coconut Club. Check out his cool restaurant concept in TODAY Online.

Read about the 2009 Professional Culinary Arts grad and Chef De Cuisine at Felina in New Jersey, Martyna Krowicka! Learn how she’s moved up the ranks in her career to this 135-seat restaurant in Jersey Bites.

Check out new gelato shop—APEM Creamery and Sorbetteria—by alums Jennifer Ko and Alex Saneski featured in New Jersey Monthly!  With flavors like goat caramel gelato, earl grey and lemon gelato, and orange ginger mezcal sorbet, you’ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with their unique flavors. Read more here.

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EATER
The Baker’s Apprentice

How did Eater Young Gun and ICC Outstanding Alumni Award winner for Excellence in Pastry, Zoë Kanan, establish herself as one of New York’s most promising talents? By learning from fellow ICC grads Christina Tosi of Milk Bar and Melissa Weller of High Street on Hudson, of course! Check out her article in Eater to learn more about her story.

Sasha Grumman (Professional Culinary Arts ’11), previously the chef de cuisine at famed Austin restaurant Launderette, has been named executive chef of Rosalie. Read about the new restaurant in Houstonian Magazine that’s opening in Austin, Texas soon!

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THRILLIST
Home Brews, Handmade Pasta, and Knife Skills: The Best One-Day Classes in NYC

Check out our Handmade Pasta class named one of the best one-day classes in NYC by Thrillist! Register for our next class on 9/7 today to reserve your hands-on station in our Soho Kitchens. Read more about the class here!

Marcel Bakery & Kitchen is a quaint neighborhood cafe helmed by Meny Vaknin, ICC graduate and Food Network Chopped Champion. If you’re looking for a dish to round out your summer, you’ll want to try their yellow curry chicken salad sandwich! Read more in My Central Jersey.

Ross Goldflam’s (Professional Culinary Arts 98) new restaurant, Technique, showcases French food in a delicious way. Read about his restaurant in New Jersey Monthly and see why you should try his menu, which features seasonal dishes like lamb shank with Moroccan-style chickpeas and spices.

In TimeOut New Yorks latest round up of the absolute best restaurant in Manhattan, David Chang is named for Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Noodle Bar, while chef duo Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske are named for Wildair! See which dishes you should check out at their restaurants.

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EATER
12 Stand-Out Dishes to Try in the West Village

Looking for a new dish to try in the West Village? Check out Eater’s article, where ICC grads Melissa Weller and Scott Tacinelli are featured for their salt bagels and flatbread! Read more about the dishes here.

Need an excuse to travel? If you’re located in NYC, you won’t have to go far! ICC Alumnus Dan Barber was just named to Food and Wine’s World’s Best Restaurant List. Check out his famed restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which made the list here.

In need of a last minute getaway before summer ends on September 23rd? 2015 Professional Culinary Arts grad Adrian D’Ambrosi is cooking up gourmet food at the bespoke B&B The Sea Street Inn on Cape Cod! Read more about the picturesque B&B here in Forbes.

According to the Robb Report, there are 16 restaurant openings that are highly anticipated for this fall—Steven Cook, ICC graduate, and business partner Michael Solomonov of Zahav, are opening three new restaurants across Philadelphia. Check them out here.

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Cookie Games Winners: Where Are They Now?

This year, Hester Farabee, a Professional Pastry Arts student, took home the gold at ICC’s Seventh Annual Cookie Games. At the competition this August, three winners from previous Cookie Games stopped by their alma matter to cheer on this year’s competitors and taste their cookie creations! We caught up with them—and one alum, who now lives in Singapore—to see what they’ve been up to since bringing home Cookie Games glory.

2014

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Vianna Sinnan | Professional Pastry Arts ’15

Winning Recipe: Coconut Daun Pandan of Malaysia

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What are you currently up to?

I am living in New York and working pastry at Buddakan.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I have made my cookie many times since the competition! Part of my holiday gifting tradition has come to include a box or bag of the cookies for family and friends. 

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory of the competition was hearing my name called out as the fan favorite. I couldn’t believe it, especially since I was still in Level One of the Professional Pastry Arts program and had seen how talented the other contestants were over the course of the two days. 

2015

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Savita Bhat | Professional Pastry Arts ’16

Winning Recipe: Chocolate Cardamom Buttons of India

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What are you currently up to?

Currently, I work in New York City at Simon & The Whale on the pastry team! Our Head Baker and Pastry Chef is also an ICC grad, Zoë Kanan.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I’ve definitely made my cookie recipe again. Actually the same year I did the cookie games, I entered my recipe a the WNYC Holiday Cookie round up and it was selected as one of the featured recipes by Melissa Clark! I try to make it around the holidays every year—it’s a pretty good Christmas cookie.

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory about my experience participating in the Cookie Games was definitely brainstorming and baking with my pastry school friends who were also participating. It was pretty chaotic, but so fun and such a great moment to look back on!

2017

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Clara Lim | Professional Culinary Arts ’17

Winning Recipe: Browned Butter Masala Chai Cookies

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What are you currently up to?

I’m currently living in Singapore! I am the Co-Head Chef at an artisan café and bakery called Baker & Cook at Core Collective Dempsey.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I made the cookies again on one of my last days at my externship at Park Avenue! 

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

Fondest memory is probably working with my partner, Maddie! So great to get together with her again and work on a project like this because by that time we had been out on our externships. It was nice spending time with her again within the walls of ICC. 

2018

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Rebecca Ng | Professional Culinary Arts ’18 and Professional Pastry Arts ’19

Winning Recipe: Umami Cookie

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What are you currently up to?

I am currently traveling and visiting family in Hong Kong. I am not working right now, but I continue to bake for family and friends.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I frequently make my cookie for family and friends!

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory of the cookie games was working in the prep kitchen and hearing Chef Anna Bolz commentary.