Knives

Japanese Knives: What, Why and How To Use Them

Chef Yuuki and Chef DavidThis past January, ICC Professional Culinary Arts alumnus, David Israelow, and Chef Yuuki Tanaka, a highly regarded Kaiseki chef from Tokyo, Japan, gave a demonstration on The Art of Japanese Knife Skills and Sashimi.

Throughout the demonstration, they shared their vast knowledge of Japanese knives and the vital role they play in preparing Japanese cuisine. Below, read about what you should know about Japanese knives, why you should choose one, and how to properly use them!

What Should I Know About Japanese Knives?

Japanese knives are used by chefs all over the world for their thin and flexible blades, precise craftsmanship, and light weight.

chef yuukiTraditionally, Japanese knives have one bevel on the right side of the knife. In addition to the years of practice that it takes to become a Sashimi master, Japanese chefs attain beautifully plated Sashimi fish by using these precise blades. Even though it is common to find single bevel Japanese knives, nowadays, companies are also making double beveled knives to attract more mainstream use, much like the German made knives that are high in demand. This means that they can be used to cook other cuisines in addition to Japanese food, although there are some caveats.

Why Should I Use Japanese Knives?

chef yuuki slicingThere are many different reasons that chefs use Japanese knives in their kitchens. In addition to their flexibility and light weight, they also have different angles than German knives. These angles allow for the precision that is needed in Sashimi preparation, but also allows for chefs in general to make straight cuts.

Japanese knives also have an extremely sharp blade that tends to stay sharp for longer periods of time, depending on the use of the knife. On the Rockwell scale, which is used to determine the hardness of steel, Japanese knives are anywhere in the 60-70 range, which is why the blade stays sharper for longer. In contrast, German knives fall in the mid 50s on the Rockwell scale, which makes the steel softer, but is also one of the reasons why German knives are thicker. This then causes German knives to dull faster with more frequent use.

How Should I Use My Japanese Knives?

knifeIn contrast to the thicker and more durable German knives, Japanese knives should not be used for tough kitchen tasks, like breaking apart chicken bones. The flexibility of the knives allows for precision in cooking and presentation, but also means that the blade is more easily chipped. During this demonstration, Chef David Israelow and Chef Yuuki Tanaka showed this flexibility and precision through the use of five different knife techniques:

  1. San mai oroshi – a 3 piece filet style for round fish
  2. Go mai oroshi – a 5 piece filet style for flat fish
  3. Hegi zukuri – a sashimi cutting style from the left which produce biased cuts on an angle
  4. Hira zukuri – a sashimi cutting style from the right which produce straight block cuts
  5. Sukibiki – a scaling technique where the knife is used to cut the scales off

If you’re ready to purchase a Japanese knife for your kitchen, check out our friends at Korin Knives! They are NYC’s leading experts on Japanese knives and will help you pick out the right knife for your hand, sharpen it, and even show you the proper way to use it!

Chef Joshua Skenes

ICC In The News: Highlights from January 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 January 2019, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

Fabián Von Hauske

MUNCHIES
How to Put a Twist on Classic Tiramisu with the Chef of Una Pizza Napoletana

Tiramisu is a classic and delicious Italian dessert with layers of lady fingers, marscarpone cream, and espresso. Watch how Fabián Von Hauske—chef/owner of Contra, Wildair and Una Pizza Napoletana and ICC alumnus—puts a twist on this classic. Check out his signature recipe on VICE Munchies!

Looking for a new cookie recipe to try? Check out Professional Pastry Arts graduate, Christina Tosi’s, recipe for corn cookies in The Kitchn!

You may have seen him on the Travel Channel, teaching viewers how to make LAVO’s famed one-pound meatball, followed him creating new dishes on his Instagram account, or even caught him on United Airline’s inflight entertainment. Check out alumnus Chef Marc Marrone’s story on Vegas2LA as he recaps 10+ years with TAO Group with the honor of Las Vegas Food & Wine’s Chef of the Year.

Vivian Kamen, Professional Pastry Arts alumna, was a professional pastry chef for many years before finally turning her baking skills into her organizational dream— a recipe database for all to use! Check out her story here on Forbes.

Jhonel F.
GRAPE NATION
Episode 96: Jhonel Faelnar, Atomix, NYC

Jhonel Faelnar, Advanced Sommelier and graduate of ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program, is the Wine Director of one of NYC’s hottest restaurants—Atomix! In this episode, Jhonel shares how he came to pursue his wine career after a stint in fashion, and gives listeners a look into the diverse wine list of Atomix. Listen to his story on Grape Nation’s podcast here.

Chef Joshua Skenes
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Joshua Skenes, famed chef of 3 Michelin Starred Saison in San Francisco and ICC graduate, recently branched out from his first restaurant tbringa  new concept to the Bay Area. Angler, his newest venture, is rethinking the way that restaurants look at seafood and adapt to the forces of climate change. Check out the review of Angler in the New York Times.

Congratulations to Professional Pastry Arts graduate Justine Blandon for the successful opening of her new bakery Paixtries in Bayonne, NJ. Read more about her delicious pastries here.

Alumnus Conor Swanson is opening a new restaurant, Bird & Bao, in Long Island. Here, he will showcase his perfected pork buns and fried chicken bao buns. Check out more from his restaurant here.

Former Art of International Bread instructor, now program director for the bakers in training program at Hot Bread Kitchen, and partner of ICC, Karen Bornarth was featured in Munchies’ article on New York bakers. Check it out here.

Katzie Guy Hamilton
AMNY
Cookbook ‘Clean Enough’ Balances Bowls and Toasts with Cookies and Cakes

Katzie Guy-Hamilton is a 2007 graduate of our Professional Pastry Arts program and has always loved sweets. After feeling like she wanted to amp up her health routine, she joined Equinox as their food and beverage director. Now, find her first cookbook Clean Enough: Get Back to Basics and Leave Room for Dessert, on shelves now!

Henry Lu
FOOD & WINE
The Pig-Centric Chinese New Year Feast in Brooklyn You Won’t Want to Miss

Henry Lu, ICC alumnus and Executive Chef of Loosie’s Kitchen in Brooklyn, pulls on inspiration from his heritage to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities with a feast! On Tuesday, February 5th, he serves up the “We Are All Pigs” celebration to acknowledge the Year of the Pig with what else—suckling pig. Tickets are $30. Check out his feature in Food & Wine for more info.

Olive oil professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world gathered in London last week for that city’s first Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program. Learn more about our Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program’s international endeavors, and don’t miss our next session of the program in NYC this May!

Was bolstering your cooking skills on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Chef Hervé Malivert, our Director of Culinary Arts and Technology, sat down with Medium to share his quick tips to getting in the kitchen and building your cooking confidence. Read about what he said here.

Ashish Alfred, chef/owner of the Alfred Restaurant Group and ICC alumnus, is the rising star on the Washington, DC-Baltimore, MD food scene, earning acclaim and rave reviews at his three restaurants: Duck Duck Goose BethesdaGeorge’s Chophouse in Bethesda, and Duck Duck Goose Baltimore. Read his interview in Food and Beverage magazine here.

If you’re in Ohio and looking for a great place to have lunch or breakfast, check out alumna Chef Stacy Maple’s restaurant, Bistro 163. At her non-profit restaurant, a pay-it-forward concept is adopted to help those who can’t afford to pay for a meal. Those who can afford it are encouraged to pay more than the suggested prices. Read more about it here.

Table Talk with Michelle doll
CHOWHOUND

Table Talk, a helpful segment from our friends at Chowhound, brings together a discussion platform for home cooks. Michelle Doll—chef, food writer, Adjunct Chef Instructor and ICC alumna—is featured in this latest installment of Table Talk. Check it out here.

If you’re in Philadelphia and looking for some Italian pastries and cooking, head to Fiore in Queens Village, owned and operated by ICC alumna Justine MacNeil and partner Ed Crochet. Expect bold flavors and delicious treats! Read about it in Philly.com here.

Jesse Howland, Art of International Bread Baking graduate, is the pastry chef at LeRoux in Denver, Colorado. Read the review of LeRoux and check out what Chef Howland is up to on 5280.

International News
Brazil

Linum Bakery, the cake bakery of alumna Maria Beatriz de Almeida Pinto, is a smash hit in Brazil, delivering over 20 cakes per month. Read about her bakery in Vogue here.

Japan

Were you inspired to learn more about Japanese cuisine after our Art of Japanese Knife Skills and Sashimi demonstration this past January? Read more about the demonstration with alumnus David Israelow and Chef Yuuki Tanaka from Japan here.

Turkey

Turkey is a melting pot of cuisines that grew from ancient times and interaction with its surrounding cultures and countries. Turkish food is currently on the forefront of global cuisine, and one of the chefs helping to shed light on it is our graduate, Didem Şenol. Read about one of the most well known chefs in Turkey here.

Scholarship News

Our Professional Development Scholarship—created to support the educational pursuits of professionals working, or with experience, in the culinary and hospitality industry—is creating buzz among trade publications Total Food Service and American Cake Decorating. Over the next two years, ICC will award up to $720,000 in scholarships to industry professionals seeking to continue their education at the International Culinary Center in one of our four specialized programs of study—The Art of International Bread BakingIntensive Sommelier TrainingCake Techniques & Design, and Culinary Entrepreneurship.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to pursue your certifications and submit your application today!

The hive

ICC In The News: Highlights from December 2018

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 December 2018, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

jacques torres and nicole byer

EATER
Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres Are the 2018 TV Duo of the Year

Dean of Pastry, Jacques Torres, is the primary judge on the hit Netflix series Nailed It! with co-host Nicole Byer. According to Eater, their co-host chemistry is undeniable, and they won the 2018 TV Duo of the Year! Click here to check out the article.

Chef Peter Prime, of Caribbean-inspired smokehouse Spark, will focus on a whole range of island flavors from his native Trinidad and Tobago at his forthcoming spot, Cane in Washington, D.C. Check it out in early 2019!

Chef Will Baxter, a Professional Culinary Arts graduate, is opening the coolest restaurant concept in Louisiana with his mother. His grandmother owned an antiques store inside of their home for more than five decades, which heavily impacted his love for everything French. Now, he is excited to open a French bistro inside of the old antiques shop and continue his grandmother’s legacy with his mom. Check out the story here.

There’s more to Prosecco than you think. Alan Tardi sat down with Wine4Food and demystified this beloved Italian bubbly and gave his insight into what makes it so special. Watch here!

The Hive
EATER
The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now, December 2018

If you’re in Brooklyn and looking for a new restaurant to try in 2019, look no further than our graduate Anton Dayrit‘s establishment The Hive. Find delicious, classic American fare with international twists.

Atomix
THE NEW YORK TIMES

The New York Times released their list of New York’s Top 10 New Restaurants of 2018. Superstar restaurant Atomix captured the #1 spot, and our graduate Jhonel Faelnar is the restaurant’s Wine Director. Read about it here.

Provenance Meals is an organic, prepared meals service that delivers clean eating options right to your door. Executive Chef Serafina Alonso earned four diplomas from ICC and is cooking up delicious meals for the delivery service. Check it out here on Delish.com.

Alan Tardi, award winning James Beard author and wine expert, stopped by ICC during the fall to give an insightful workshop and tasting on Prosecco. Read Wine4Food’s article on the 5 things you didn’t know about Prosecco here.

CHOWHOUND

Need to spruce up your holiday cookies this year? Watch our Director of Pastry, Chef Jansen Chan, as he shares his tips to create homemade, colored sugar.

Feeling like you need extra holiday spirit and inspiration? Read about our graduate, Dru Tevis—the new corporate pastry chef for SoDel Concepts—and how he created the winning gingerbread town for the 2018 Rehoboth Beach Gingerbread Contest!

Graduate Michael Maksimowicz recently opened Casa Pearl in Williamsburg, VA with his co-owner, chef, and wife Chelsea Maksimowicz. If you’re in the area, check it out to see tacos and oysters collide! Read more here.

fried sardines
WINE ENTHUSIAST

Dean Cesare Casella shared his simple, melt in your mouth recipe for fried sardines. Check out his recipe in Wine Enthusiast and add it to your holiday menu!

Samantha Capaldi, a.k.a. Samantha Sommelier, is a graduate of ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program and Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. As a gourmet food connoisseur with a passion for making wine approachable, her wine pairing tips help even beginners get started. Read her tips here.

Rudy’s Bakery and Cafe in Ridgewood, Queens, is filled with german sweets, history, and our grad, Cristina Nastasi as its pastry chef. Check it out if you’re in Queens, and be sure to try their seasonal treats.

Angela Garbacz for Forbes

ICC In The News: Highlights from November 2018

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 November 2018, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

Rebecca and Jansen

EATER
Watch: The Architecture-Trained Chef Creating Sky-High Pastries

Our Director of Pastry, Jansen Chan, and 2007 Professional Pastry Arts graduate & host of Eater’s new series Sugar Coated, Rebecca DeAngelis, constructed a towering re-designed Croquembouche.

Read this review of our grad Ashish Alfred’s new restaurant, Duck Duck Goose in Balimore. It offers a sophisticated take on European cuisine without the accompanying pretense, and has amazing honey-roasted duck. If you’re in Baltimore, be sure to check out his restaurant!

Chef Hervé Malivert, Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, and Chef Jürgen David, Associate Director of Pastry Arts explain how to save your Thanksgiving feast from the most common kitchen mistakes like dry turkey, lumpy mashed potatoes, and more! Click here to watch more on CBS New York.

bacon egg and cheese sandwich
EATER
Manresa Bread to Debut All-Day Fare at New Cafe

Manresa Bread, co-founded and operated by Art of International Bread Baking graduate Avery Ruzicka, is opening a third location in California. Stop by one of their amazing bakeries for a delicious treat and read about the third location here.

lauren bush lauren and lani halliday
IN STYLE

As the stylish founder of Brutus Bakeshop and graduate of our Culinary Entrepreneurship program, Lani Halliday is known for her gluten-free custom creations. Get her gluten-free cookie recipe here and read about her team up with Lauren Bush Lauren.

A dish from momofuku ko
EATER
The 38 Best Restaurants in America

Eater released their 38 Best Restaurants in America. Three of our graduates were featured on the list, including David Chang, owner of Momofuku Ko, Dan Barber for Blue Hill At Stone Barns, and Steven Cook, co-owner of Zahav. Congratulations to our alumni! Check out their restaurants on the list.

Chef Hervé Malivert, Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, shared his Turkey Safety Tips, from how to thaw your turkey to the proper internal temperature of your cooked turkey. And, if you insist on deep frying your turkey, Chef Hervé also shares his recommendations to keep you and your loved one’s safe. Click here to watch the video feature on CBS New York.

Few spots remain in the first London edition of the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program, an international course jointly produced by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab and ICC. Check out the program and learn more here.

Love decorating with sprinkles but tired of the same old rainbow colors? Now you can make your own sugar sprinkles at home, in any color and shade you please! Chef Jansen Chan shows two great baking decorating techniques in one, how to make royal icing and how to turn that royal icing into your own homemade sprinkles. We went with fall colors, but you can easily adapt this for any time of year! Click here to see how in this Chowhound video.

Angela Garbacz in Forbes
FORBES

Angela Garbacz’s passion for pastry began at a young age and led her to study Pastry Arts at ICC. After discovering she had a dairy intolerance, Garbacz decided to use her knowledge of ingredients and classical techniques to craft beautiful, delectable sweets that catered to a variety of restricted and alternative diets. Read more about her and her shop, Goldenrod Pastries in Forbes.

Matt Monahan, Professional Culinary Arts ’07, co-founded Other Half Brewing in New York in 2014. Years later, it’s made it on Thrillist’s list of Best Craft Breweries in every state as the best brewery in New York. Read about it here.

David Chang
WALL STREET JOURNAL
David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing

Read the Wall Street Journal feature on our Professional Culinary Arts graduate David Chang. Year over year he continues to expand his restaurant group Momofuku, and people continue to line-up out the door to get a taste of his latest creations. Read more about him here.

While it’s hard to think of a more American tradition than Thanksgiving, it’s actually quite easy to add a little French flavor to your dinner. Chef Alain, Chef Hervé, and Chef Marc give their recommendations for their favorite French classics that pair perfectly with turkey! Click here to read the feature in France-Amérique Magazine.

Alex LaPratt, Master Sommelier and adjunct instructor for our Intensive Sommelier Training program, was recently profiled by Wine Spectator. Read to get a glimpse into the day of a restaurant owner and Master Sommelier!

Don’t have time to make a pie crust this holiday season? No problem! Chef Jansen Chan’s pumpkin pie hack lets you make one from scratch in less than 30 minutes. Click here to see how in this Chowhound video.

Peter Sherman sees bacon as more than a side dish for diner eggs. At BarBacon, his 84-seat sports bar in Hell’s Kitchen, the salt-cured and smoked meat receives its culinary due by being battered then deep-fried, infused into whipped cream or covered with chocolate, among other treatments. Stop by his bacon focused restaurant in NYC!

atomix dish
ESQUIRE
20 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

Congratulations to our grads for making Esquire’s list of the 20 Best New Restaurants in America. From Executive Chef and Co-Owner Scott Tacinelli’s (Professional Culinary Arts ’08) evolution of Italian-American cuisine at Don Angie, Jhonel Faelnar’s incredible wine list at cutting-edge Atomix NYC(Intensive Sommelier Training ’14), and Kate Williams (Professional Culinary Arts ’07) Irish-influenced menu at Lady of the House, we are proud to recognize these amazing alumni! Read more about them here.

Bread that Yasmin baked

Time Management: An Underutilized Skill & Asset

Written by Yasmin Rasheed

Yasmin RasheedYasmin Rasheed is a 2018 graduate of The Art of International Bread Baking program. Previously, she spent 30-years in Financial Services in Executive Management, focused on coaching and developing talent. Currently, she curates wholesome recipes on her food blog, Juliet Kitchen

As a tenured corporate executive whose focus on coaching for peak performance delivered numerous commercial successes, it has become painfully clear that time management is a grossly underutilized skill. With practice, this life skill can provide ongoing work-life integration, less stress and improved productivity. The basic foundation to achieving any definition of success, time management only calls for our thoughtful and productive use of time.

Practicing effective time management leads to improved outcomes across both our professional and personal objectives. Managing this limited resource—time—more thoughtfully can be life changing and it’s is not nearly as complicated as you may think. Here are three key steps to assist you in making the most of your twenty-four-hour day!

  1. Start Early: Many successful people employ this routine daily. This habit has been hard wired into my DNA since childhood and continues to serve me well while studying in The Art of International Bread Baking program at the International Culinary Center in NYC. Since starting school, I was challenged with finding time for my usual daily exercise at the gym due to a very lengthy commute. I committed to arriving in SoHo early enough to walk for a half hour prior to the start of class. Additionally, this practice allowed me to get to the kitchen with time to spare so that I could get my station set-up for a successful day.  By creating a life-long daily routine that includes waking up one to two hours early, the “extra time” allows for “no excuses.” As a result, value-added activities don’t have to be sacrificed. This start early lifestyle keeps me motivated, highly productive and limits my stress!
  1. Create A Plan: It’s important to write down your plan for your goals and objectives; review it regularly and modify as needed. According to Forbes magazine, research shows that “People who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals, than people who don’t.”  Write down your daily to-do list to support the plan—in doing so employ the 80/20 rule (also known as the Pareto Principle, which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.) This simply means that you need to prioritize the most impactful activities. Consider writing down your to-do list at the end of each day verses the start of the day; this practice will actually help you sleep better and prepare you for a new day with less stress and improved productivity. Priority planning is immensely valuable in a highly intensive culinary kitchen where the bread baking process is fast-paced and complicated. ICC Chef-Instructor Johnson Yu made it a point to give us a syllabus in advance which enabled effective planning and scheduling of how breads will be mixed and baked.
  1. Create A Schedule: Scheduling is as important as creating a plan. Prioritize high impact activities and tasks. Use a calendar, such as outlook, and add a reminder. If it’s on the calendar it is extremely likely to be completed. Creating an effective schedule requires an investment in your time—it is one of the most arduous tasks, but the reward far outweighs the cost.  Calendaring your activities keeps you organized and productive, and is a routine that continues to deliver rewards during my culinary education. Having an effective and efficient schedule in any culinary kitchen is a non-negotiable!

Applying these time management approaches thoughtfully in your professional and personal life will place you at a competitive advantage, especially if you’re pursuing a career in the culinary industry.  It will open doors more rapidly and deliver outcomes better aligned with your objectives.  You will find that you are in control of your time verses your time controlling you. So, before you begin feeling stressed, remember these three steps to manage your time and you’ll begin reaping the benefits of a happier, healthier and more productive lifestyle!

Two ICC Alumni Win at the World Bread Awards

For the first time, the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Food is GREAT came to New York to celebrate the very best in American bread bakers. Now in their sixth year since starting in England, the Awards are the top annual competition for professional bakers in the United Kingdom.

The Awards include 13 categories, from sourdough to baguettes and bagels. The bakers in this year’s inaugural US competition were judged by 36 industry professionals from around the country, including ICC’s very own Director of Pastry, Chef Jansen Chan.

ICC is proud to recognize two alumni who took home awards this year in the categories of baguettes and bagels. Clémence Danko, Founder of Choc O Pain French Bakery in Jersey City, and a 2010 graduate of the Art of International Bread Baking Program, brought home the American Bakers Association Baguette Award for her Baguette Traditionelle. David Shalam, 2011 graduate of the Professional Pastry Arts program and Founder/Head Baker of Heritage Bakers in Glen Cove, New York, took home the Bagel Award for his signature Heritage Bagel.

Congratulations to all of the evenings winners! Check out the full list of awards here.

David ShalamCelemence Danko

About The Art of International Bread Baking Program:

Our Art of International Bread Baking program was created 20+ years ago to create the future bakers of tomorrow. In this program, students learn 85+ breads and learn the art of bread baking. In eight weeks, you’ll travel the world through bread baking in our pristine New York City kitchens. Develop a fundamental understanding of the science, ingredients and techniques you need to master artisanal hand-crafted breads. Learn more here.

About the Event Partners:

Tiptree has always had strong links with the USA. Scott Goodfellow, Wilkin & Sons Joint Managing Director commented, “C. J. Wilkin, the son of our founder, toured several states back in the 1890s, to learn about fruit growing and jam making. New York City has a global reputation for excellent food, so it makes the perfect spot for the inaugural overseas Tiptree World Bread Awards. We are very much looking forward to discovering the world of artisan bread that is available across the USA.”

The Food is GREAT campaign is a government initiative to support UK food and drink exports and to increase positive public perception and demand of UK food and drink around the world. www.great.gov.uk

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. ABA works to grow and enhance the industry through public policy advocacy, education and networking. ABA brings together industry leaders to share ideas, develop industry solutions and network with industry colleagues.  Follow ABA with #AmericanBakers www.americanbakers.org

2019 Michelin Star Recipients

18 ICC Graduates Among 2019 Michelin Star Recipients

The highly anticipated MICHELIN Guides have finally been unveiled for the 2019 New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C. and San Francisco markets. We’re very excited to announce that this year 18 ICC alumni and Dean David Kinch have received a total of 28 stars combined! Of the 76 restaurants that made the New York City list, 16 newly starred restaurants were bestowed the reputable designation. Two of the newly starred restaurants, Oxomoco—owned by ICC graduate Justin Bazdarich—and Atomix, where alumnus Jhonel Faelnar is the Wine Director, both opened in 2018. To receive a Michelin star is a huge feat, and to receive it within the first year is even more incredible!

While New York City’s Michelin Guide is in its 27th year, Chicago and Washington D.C. are in their 9th and 3rd years, respectively, and San Francisco remains the city in the United States with the most three starred restaurants (8!). ICC is thrilled to have alumni and Dean David Kinch represented in all of these cities, feeding hungry diners and adding to growing restaurant scenes around the country.

The following winners listed are the 2019 Michelin Star recipients that feature an International Culinary Center alumni, or ICC Dean, either as a chef/owner of the restaurant or an integral member of the kitchen. ICC is proud to congratulate the winners across America being recognized by the industry for their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Stop by these restaurants to check out our graduate’s and dean in action, if you’re lucky enough to get a reservation!


New York City

Three Stars (“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”)

Per Se, Anna Bolz, Pastry Chef

Two Stars (“Excellent cooking, worth a detour.”)

Ko, David Chang, Chef/Owner

One Star (“High-quality cooking, worth a stop!”)

Agern, Rhonda Crosson, Head Baker
Atomix, Jhonel Faelnar, Wine Director
Bâtard, Jason Jacobeit, Wine Director
Blue Hill, Dan Barber, Chef/Owner
Café Boulud, Ceasar Guitierrez, Sous Chef
Contra, Jeremiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske, Chefs/Owners
Gramercy Tavern, Howard Kalachinikoff, Chef de Cuisine
Meadowsweet, Polo Dobkin,  Chef/Owner
NoMad, Mark Welker, Pastry Chef
Oxomoco, Justin Bazdarich, Chef/Co-Owner
Tuome, Tom Chen, Chef/Owner


Chicago

One Star (“High-quality cooking, worth a stop!”)

Sepia, Andrew Zimmerman, Executive Chef 


Washington D.C.

One Star (“High-quality cooking, worth a stop!”)

The Dabney, Alex Zink, Owner/Bar Director 

 

San Francisco

Three Stars (“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”)

Saison, Joshua Skenes, Chef/Owner

Manresa, David Kinch (ICC Dean), Chef/Owner

Quince, Aaron Babcock, Sommelier

One Star (“High-quality cooking, worth a stop!”)

Rich Table, Sarah Rich, Chef/Owner

Chocolate with Jacques Torres

ICC In The News: Highlights from October 2018

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 October 2018, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

Erica Martinez, a Professional Pastry Arts graduate, is cooking up delicious food from her native Venezuela. If you’re in New Rochelle, check out her restaurant, Caracas Fusion! Read more about it here.

 

EATER

THE 24 BEST CHOCOLATE SHOPS IN AMERICA

VOGUE

THE BEST COOKING AND BAKING CLASSES IN NEW YORK CITY

CBS THIS MORNING

MILK BAR’S CHRISTINA TOSI ON CREATIVE OUTLET

Jacques Torres
CNN

AT 15, JACQUES TORRES TOOK AN APPRENTICESHIP AT A PASTRY SHOP. THE REST WAS HISTORY.

We love CNN‘s insiders look at our Dean of Pastry, Jacques Torres. Read about his life, how he became a pastry chef, and his amazing career!

The Dish Joan Roca made
DEPARTURES

HOW ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST CHEFS IS HELPING OUT ASPIRING CHEFS

Last month, Joan Roca, the executive chef of El Celler de Can Roca, traveled to New York City to give a demonstration to ICC students and alumni, and also award one of our students with a scholarship to his restaurant in Girona, Spain. Read more about his trip to NYC here.

FOOD 52

HOW THE COMMUNITY IS STANDING BEHIND 175 RECENTLY DISPLACED NYC FOOD BUSINESSES

When Brooklyn-based food incubator Pilotworks closed abruptly last weekend, 175 small businesses were displaced. For businesses like Dominga, a cafe collaboration between Culinary Entrepreneurship alumni and chef Lani Halliday of Brutus Bakeshop and Chef Woldy Reyes of food service company Woldy Kusina, slated to launch in 2019, the sudden closure was detrimental to normal-course business. Read about it here.

Laura Sorkin, Professional Culinary Arts graduate and co-owner of Runamok Maple in Fairfax, VT, adds maple syrup to add an element of sweetness to her food. Cook up her roasted cabbage recipe here.

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EATER
AMERICAN SON ARRIVES AS A PLANT FILLED OASIS DOWNTOWN

Established D.C. chef and Professional Culinary Arts alumnus Tim Ma recently opened his much anticipated modern American restaurant, American Son. Read his feature in Eater and learn more about his restaurant!

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THE CHERRY BOMBE 100

We’re proud to recognize ICC Culinary Entrepreneurship instructor, Liz Alpern, and nine ICC alumni who made it on The Cherry Bombe 100 list for their incredible work and accomplishments as innovators and thought leaders in the culinary industry. Check out the full Cherry Bombe 100 list here.

EATER

WATCH: CAN YOU FIT A FRENCH CAKE INTO A BONBON?

 Watch our graduates Rebecca DeAngelis and Susanna Yoon as they make bonbons in Yoon’s famous chocolate shop, Stick With Me Sweets.

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EATER
NYC’S 20 PREMIER PASTRY SHOPS

Looking for a new treat to bring to a holiday celebration? #7 on Eater’s list of Premier Pastry Shops is Lafayette, where pastry chef and graduate Tyler Atwell is cooking up delicious treats. Check it out here.

Meatball Shop Co-Owner, Seamore’s Owner and Culinary Entrepreneurship Graduate Michael Chernow is training for the New York City marathon in November. Learn how running changed his life and built his strength.

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HOW MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF JOAN ROCA CONTINUES TO ELEVATE FINE DINING

Read about Chef Joan Roca, one of the best chefs in the world, who visited ICC last month. During his visit, he awarded one of our students with a four-month scholarship to his restaurant, El Cellar de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain. Full article here.

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BLOOMBERG
IF ONLY LIFE WERE LIKE THIS BOX OF CHOCOLATES

Hungry for more delicious chocolates? Susanna Yoon’s shop, Stick With Me Sweets, featured in Eater’s Best Chocolate Shops in America, was also featured in Bloomberg! Read more about her shop here.

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ICC In The News: Highlights from September 2018

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 2018, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

Tim Ma, a 2009 alumni of our Professional Culinary Arts program,  is now the Chief Culinary Officer of Box’d Eats, a school-lunch delivery service. Described as a Blue Apron meets Lunchables, read all about it here.

Yale University’s School of Public Health is set to host its first conference on olive oil next month. Tassos Kyriakides, the department chair at Yale’s School of Public Health, came up with the idea for the conference after completing the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program at ICC. Read about the conference here.

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NEW YORK TIMES

ELEVATED YAKITORI, DIRECT FROM JAPAN, IN THE WEST VILLAGE

Chef Andy Sen Sang, a native of Ecuador who moved to the Bronx and graduated in 2015, owns Suyo Gastrofusion. His restaurant blends Asian and Latin influences in dishes like steamed pork belly buns, and charred octopus with chorizo quinoa. Check out his feature in the New York Times here.

Little Havana in Washington, D.C. is in the talented hands of Chef Joseph Osorio. He is a graduate, and trained his whole life by cooking in the kitchen with his Cuban immigrant godmother, preparing him to serve Cubano sandwiches and egg rolls, Cuban chicken stews and whole fried fish. Check it out if you’re in D.C.!

The Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program jointly produced by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab and ICC will be offered in central London this January. It is the first time the course, which has trained hundreds of industry professionals, chefs and enthusiasts in olive oil quality assessment since it began in 2016, will venture beyond its annual New York and California sessions. Click here to learn more.

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NEW YORK TIMES

A FINE- DINING VETERAN TURNS TO STREET FOOD

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FOOD AND WINE
FIVE NEW WAYS RESTAURANTS ARE USING INSTAGRAM TO DRIVE BUSINESS

How can restaurants and food businesses use Instagram to drive business? Check out these 5 tips we learned with Food & Wine in our event with Instagram for Business last month, and see why it’s more important than ever for aspiring culinary entrepreneurs!

Chef Nick Nikolopoulos graduated from our Professional Pastry Arts program and now owns Stirling, NJ bakery Gluten Free Gloriously. He says he is now creating gluten-free baked goods that taste like the real thing. Don’t miss his bakery, read more here!

A group of olive oil professionals and enthusiasts gathered in Campbell, California in early September to attend the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program. The six-day course produced by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab and ICC provided in-depth instruction in olive oil production, quality management, advanced sensory assessment and culinary applications. Click here to learn more about the program.

With conversations buzzing about the resurgence of the Jewish Deli, some are surprised to learn that they’re having a moment in places you’d least expect. Take ICC grad Jerrod Rosen’s deli, Rye Society, which debuted in July in Denver’s River North Art District. Read more here about his desire to open a place with soul that would incorporate his family traditions in this Washington Post article.

NEW YORK TIMES

RANCH NATION

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FOOD AND WINE
THE 40 BEST-EVER RECIPES FROM FOOD & WINE

For Food and Wine’s 40th birthday, they looked back at their favorite recipes ever—including two from our deans! In the inaugural issue of Food & Wine, legendary chef Jacques Pépin shared his recipe for the perfect soufflé. Then, in 1979, Paula Wolfert penned an article about great Alsatian chefs cooking their mothers’ food. Included was André Soltner, then the chef at the legendary Lutèce, and he opted to recreate his mother’s outstanding potato pie. Get the recipes here.

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WINE & SPIRITS

BEST NEW SOMMELIERS 2018

Jhonel Faelnar, Wine Director at Atomix in NYC and graduate of our Intensive Sommelier Training program, is one of Wine and Spirits magazine’s Best New Sommeliers of 2018. Read about our graduate and his prestigious recognition here.

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Alumni Profile: James La Mar, Sommelier ’11

James La Mar is a 2011 graduate of the Intensive Sommelier Program at ICC’s Campbell, California campus. Like most students who enroll at ICC, James was looking for a career change and for something that he was passionate about. Before coming to ICC, he remarks that he was “all over the place,” mostly doing odd jobs to keep him occupied. He started with no experience, very little knowledge, and no contacts in the industry, but he knew that choosing ICC would give him the proper foundation to start and advance in the competitive world of wine.

After graduating, he spent 6 years working part time at the now closed Beltramo’s Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park, mostly helping out during the busy winter season. The store was over 100 years old and was one of the most important family owned wine shops in the history of California. He shares that he’s very glad to have been a small part of a wonderful legacy.

Fast forward to today, he now owns Grape Obsession, an apparel and accessory brand geared towards Sommeliers and wine fanatics.T Shirts from Grape Obsession James manages everything within the business, including creating designs, managing social media content, website maintenance, book keeping, sales, and everything else you can possibly imagine. With Grape Obsession, James aims to help his fellow Sommeliers show their passion through fun apparel and accessories, while helping new Sommeliers establish themselves in the industry—donating a portion of the profits to scholarships that benefit Sommeliers on their quest for knowledge and self-improvement. 

When asked about a piece of advice he would give to someone wanting to pursue an education in wine, he says “the only people who don’t succeed in life are the ones who never try.  Even if failure is a high possibility, do it anyway.  The struggle alone will make you a better person.  If you know in your heart that you want to do it, stop over thinking it and just do it.”

Before starting Grape Obsession, James tried on many different hats in the wine industry, including sales, wine retail, and even working as a sommelier and wine steward to find his best fit. He also believes that working in different parts of the industry is an important learning experience for any Sommelier, and helps to develop a sense of the bigger picture and where you fit in. Below is his take on the pros and cons of each profession in the industry.

Retail/Tasting Room

Wine retail is an especially great place in the industry if you are new to the business and still trying to figure out where you want to go.

Pros:

  • The wine buyer makes sure that you taste almost every wine that sales reps bring, which allows you to develop your palate.
  • Physically inspecting the bottles and the boxes as they come in helps put a lot of your wine theory into practice and gives a lot of needed context.
  • The hours you work would mostly be normal business hours, allowing for a decent work life balance, though you should expect to work some holidays.
  • You will be meeting a lot of wine sales reps; working in retail gives you some great contacts if you want to move into sales later on down the line.

Cons:

  • Working in the day means that you may have less opportunities to go to industry tastings and trade events that normally happen during the day on weekdays, unless you work your way into a management or wine buyer position where attending trade events is a part of your job.
  • Due to the nature of working in retail, you will be expected to work many weekends and holidays.
  • Entry pay is also lower in retail, though as you move up through management, compensation can range from average to above average.
  • Lastly, work can be humbling as you will be expected to work a cash register, lift heavy wine boxes, stock shelves, break down boxes, and clean floors, windows, and displays.

Sales & Distribution

If you have a competitive spirit, sales can be an exciting area of the industry to work in.  As a salesman, you will be responsible for motivating yourself to meet with wine buyers, taste products, make sales calls and write emails, and schedule your daily tasks weeks, sometimes months, in advance.  Being in sales is brutal especially if you are new to the game, but if you stick with it and persevere, there is a great sense of pride and accomplishment when you develop your territory and build strong lasting relationships with your buyers.

Pros:

  • This is great if you enjoy being a self-starter and working unsupervised.
  • You will have more work life balance, even though you will be extremely busy, and you will have more opportunities to see friends and family at night and on holidays.
  • There can be opportunities to travel for work to represent your brand or attend staff training trips.
  • You will be meeting frequently with clients and wine buyers, so you will be able to build a strong network within the industry.
  • You will also be responsible for supporting your accounts by leading tastings and classes on your products for their staff, which is fun as it allows you to pass on your passion for the brands you represent.
  • Earning potential is higher in sales. Because you are paid mostly by commission, you have the opportunity to make as much money as you are willing to work for.

Cons:

  • If you don’t have a strong competitive nature, sales can be difficult.
  • In sales, you will be faced with constant rejection; you will have to be able to take criticism of yourself, and the brands you represent, in stride.
  • As a sales rep, you will also be expected to be the problem solver for each of your accounts. The delivery truck missed a case of wine that your account needs for the weekend?  Stop by the warehouse and take the case directly to the account yourself.
  • You will need to check up regularly on your products at retail stores or check in with restaurants to see how they are doing on inventory. If the product is moving slowly, it is your responsibility to help the account make the product a success by offering to teach classes to the staff, making store marketing materials, etc.
  • It will also take some time before the money starts to come in, usually a few months to a year of building your territory up, so make sure you have a financial cushion when you start out.

Sommelier/Wine Steward

Are you a night person?  If you are, being a Sommelier may be the career path for you.

Pros:

  • Working nights frees up hours during the day to pursue many productive facets of your life, including having ample time for exercise, running errands, going to wine industry tastings and study groups, and most importantly having time to study.
  • Guest interaction is one of the greatest benefits, as there is great joy to be found in putting the needs of others in front of your own
  • You will also have certain management responsibilities, including staff training and assisting on the floor of the restaurant, which builds up leadership experience.
  • The amount of wine you try as a Sommelier is far greater than any other job in the industry— you will constantly taste exotic wines from your vendors, during restaurant service to make sure they aren’t corked, and at many different industry trade tastings that you will be invited to.
  • As you move up into a wine buyer role as a Sommelier you can also be invited to luncheons and occasionally have opportunities to be sponsored to travel to wine country by your vendors, your employer, or industry publications.
  • You have the job of building a wine program, which allows you to be creative and develop skills in purchasing.
  • Earning potential can range from average to above average as you normally will be making tips, though as you come up in the industry and move into a wine director position, earning potential can be even greater.

Cons:

  • Working nights and holidays is a challenge for anyone in the restaurant industry. You should prepare your friends and family that you’ll be working on a completely opposite schedule than most of them.
  • Like any job in the public sector, you will be dealing with people and will need to develop finesse to serve all guests.
  • Being a Sommelier is a very social line of work— you need to be comfortable with talking to complete strangers and charming them.
  • You will need to know how to manage a team and treat everyone with respect.
  • There are non-glamorous parts of the job, like carrying 40 pound cases of wine, counting inventory, publishing a wine list, and understanding the restaurant and the needs of your guests so that you make appropriate purchasing decision

Unlike other industries where moving around from different types of work can be a detriment to your resume, the wine industry appreciates job applicants with well rounded work experience, as the skills you build in different lines of work are often transferable and show that you have a passion for everything about wine, including the parts that are sometimes difficult or uncomfortable.  It is important for any Sommelier to be well rounded and to have a variety of experience in the industry in order to succeed in the long run.

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