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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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12 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
Pre-Order Here

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
Pre-Order Here

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
Pre-Order Here

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!

Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow-Cooked Meal

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Author: Nicki Sizemore
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’06
Release Date: October 29, 2019
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Slow cookers for home cooks will never go out of style! In Nicki Sizemore’s 3rd cookbook, she puts a twist on main dishes, sauces and sides that can be cooked any day of the week. You won’t want to miss the Overnight Pumpkin–Brown Rice Pudding with crunchy pecans or the Thai Curried Chicken & Rice Noodles!

The Noodle Soup Oracle: Hundreds of Possibilities for the World's Favorite Comfort Food

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Author: Michele Humes
Program and Graduation Year: Professional Culinary Arts ’07
Release Date: October 8, 2019
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This isn’t just any cookbook! Michele Humes has created a mix and match book to satisfy any noodle lover. In it, you’ll find recipes to add to, subtract from, and create your own culinary journey.

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
Pre-Order Here

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.

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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.

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Meet Your Future Employer: 2019 Fall Career Fair

All chefs get their start somewhere. This fall, meet your future employer and amp up your networking skills! ICC’s Career Fairs, held twice a year, allow current students & alumni to meet some of the most well-known restaurants and restaurant groups in NYC, coming specifically to ICC to meet YOU. From fine dining to fast casual, catering, bakeries and more, there is something for everyone and every career path!

But, before you head to career fair to show you’ve got the chops, check out these tips from our Career Services team to make the most of meeting employers!

  1. After you set up an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed, be sure to print out at least 25 copies! While you might not hand them all out, there are plenty of employers to network with and it’s better to have too many than not enough.
  2. Do your homework on the companies & employers in attendance—that way, you can ask pertinent questions to the recruiter or chef, rather than asking a basic question like “What do you do at your company?”
  3. Appear alert & enthusiastic. Shake their hand, introduce yourself and say what program you are from. Remember: The most important quality an employer looks for is a great attitude!

Get the full list of tips, commonly asked questions and more by logging into your my.internationalculinary.com account and heading to the Career Fair section!

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james beard foundation
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Thursday, September 12th | 3:00pm-4:30pm
International Culinary Center
28 Crosby St | New York, NY 10013
*Open to ICC Students & Alumni ONLY*
Email jobs@culinarycenter.com with inquiries
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crafted hospitality

Below is the full list of employers, but be sure to visit the ICC Community page at my.internationalculinary.com for more information and for any updates to the employer list.

ABC Restaurants
Abigail Kirsch
Bastianich & Bastianich
Blue Apron
Blue Hill/Blue Hill At Stone Barns
Bold Food Group
Breads Bakery
Celestine
Choc o Pain
Club Med Resorts
Crafted Hospitality
Crown Shy
Dinex
Eataly
Harvest Restaurant Group
Hillstone
James Beard Foundation
Loring Place
Major Food Group
Mercer Kitchen
NoHo Hospitality Group
Nordstrom
Padoca Bakery
Quality Branded
STARR Restaurants
The Center For Discovery
The Culinistas
The Standard
Thomas Keller
Union Square Hospitality Group
Vice Media/Munchies
WS New York
Martha & Marley Spoon
Miason Kayser
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ICC In The News: Highlights from July 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 July 2019, aimed to keep you connected with our community and inspire readers to #LoveWhatYouDo in the kitchen and beyond.

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GRUB STREET
LaLou Just Might Be Your New Summer Hangout

Congratulations to Ashley Rath, 2009 Art of International Bread Baking grad, on becoming the executive chef of La Lou! Check out the feature in Grub Street and see why the restaurant is the palce to be and be seen this summer!

Kandy Alva, graduate of Hot Bread Kitchen’s Culinary Training program hosted at ICC, came from Peru a decade ago in search of a brighter future. Read her story in Medium to see why she felt at home in the kitchens of ICC and how the program at Hot Bread Kitchen changed her life.

With the effort to ban plastic straws across America growing, it’s time to start thinking about alternatives! Check out how 2015 Professional Culinary Arts graduate Stephanie Nass is doing so with her ceramic straws featured in The New York Times. With a beautiful, dish-washer safe print, they’re sure to be a hit at your next party! Read more here.

2017 Professional Culinary Arts graduate Liza Cohen recently launched her company Nature’s Nosh! Read more about how she’s de-stigmatizing the CBD industry in Style Chicago.

Rebekah Peppler, Professional Pastry Arts ’09 and 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards finalist for Beverage, wrote an article for The New York Times featuring (what else?!) simple summer cocktails. Get her recipes and read more here.

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EATER
NYC’s Newest Salt Bagel Is a Master Class in the Genre

High Street on Hudson in the West Village is selling some of NYC’s best bagels right now under the direction of ICC Professional Pastry Arts grad and master baker, Melissa Weller. Read more about the salt bagels in Eater, then journey to get one ASAP!

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
New York’s Wildair Chefs Expand Into Retail

Two of the city’s most beloved restaurateurs and ICC grads, chefs Jeremiah Stone (Professional Culinary Arts 2007) and Fabián von Hauske Valtierra (Professional Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts 2009, 2010), are adding to their empire with a combination wine shop and bar. Read about their newest project in The Wall Street Journal and get a peek into their lives here.

If you’re searching for the perfect foodie break in Tuscany this summer, head to Villa Lena, where ICC Professional Culinary Arts grad Katzie Guy-Hamilton is chef in residency from July to September. She will be taking the lead on sustainable activities throughout her residency, with foraging sessions and baking classes. Read more about it in Country and Townhouse here.

ICC Dean of Classic Studies, André Soltner— who cooked for celebrities and socialites at Manhattan French institution Lutèce — makes an Alsatian pie stuffed with bacon, sliced potatoes, hard boiled eggs, parsley, and crème fraîche in Great Chefs on Amazon Prime. Read about the series in Eater here.

Originating in the Detroit area in 2014, 7greens, a salad, smoothie and breakfast establishment, recently opened their third location in Chicago. Kelly Schaefer is an ICC alumna and uses her education in creating “cheffy” dressings for her restaurants. Read more about her company here in Eater.

In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chef Eric Mendoza—Professional Culinary Arts 2006— is taking over at The Lakely as the new Head Chef. Read more in Volume One on how he’s continuing their mission to serve delicious, locally sourced food while blending his Californian style with the Midwest.

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EATER
The 16 Best New Restaurants in America

Congratulations to Sarah Welch, Professional Culinary Arts 2010, Partner and Executive Chef of Marrow. Her restaurant was named one of the 16 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater! Read more about the restaurant here.

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PHILLY MAG
Home Away From Home: Kalaya Reviewed

Chutatip “Nok” Suntaronon, Professional Culinary Arts 2011, opened a Thai restaurant to rave reviews in Philly Mag. With three out of four stars from the magazine, meaning come from anywhere in the region, you won’t want to miss this one! Read more here.

The ninth edition of the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program produced by the Olive Oil Times Education Lab and the International Culinary Center is coming this September to San Francisco. Read more about our program in the Olive Oil Times here.

Our 2004 Professional Culinary Arts grad, David Chang, is getting a new show on Netflix. The show, titled Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, will showcase the Momofuku founder as he visits different cities with celebrity guests, eating three meals over the course of one day. Read about it in Grub Street.

Check out this article in Wine Enthusiast featuring our 2014 Intensive Sommelier Training graduate Jhonel Faelnar, Advanced Sommelier and Beverage Director at Atomix. He shared his story on finding who he was in wine and how his mentor, Scott Carney, MS—Dean of Wine Studies at ICC— helped him on his journey. Read more here.

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WASHINGTON POST
A new wave of immigrant cookbooks celebrates America’s delicious diversity

ICC Professional Culinary Arts graduate Anna Francese Gass was recently feature in The Washington Post! Her cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen, was featured as one of the newest cookbooks championing the recipes and stories of immigrants in the United States. To learn more about her cookbook, check out the story here.

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Vanessa Da Silva’s Top 10 Wines of 2019 (So Far!)

With 2019 more than half over, we asked Vanessa Da Silva, this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award winner for Outstanding Sommelier, to share her top 10 wines of the year (so far!) As the Sommelier at Ninety Acres Farm in New Jersey, she serves her guests wines that she truly loves from experiences and knowledge gained throughout her career.

After a recent trip to New Zealand as one of only 18 Sommeliers in the world to be invited to the New Zealand Wine Sommit, she was inspired to learn more about the amazing wines produced in the country. Below, you’ll find 4 delicious bottles from the up-and-coming wine country, plus wines like the “not always easy to like” Viognier and the “herbal and complex” Syrah!

Check out what she said were her favorite wines of the year, and be sure to pick up a bottle that’ll easily impress!

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2015 Millton Clos Samuel Viognier Gisborne, New Zealand

Viognier isn’t always the easiest variety to like. It’s often overly aromatic and can lack acidity making it feel heavy on the palate. This Viognier blew me away! It is intense and complex with layers of appealing aromatics and flavors, the bright acidity perfectly balances the residual sugar in this late-harvest wine.  Millton Vineyards is a unique & magical place—James Millton is an adamant believer in Biodynamics and the vineyards are as alive with life as the wine is. This wine was an absolute gem and I have no doubt that it will age for decades to come.

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2016 Lingua Franca The Plough Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winemaker Thomas Savre at Lingua Franca makes wine of precision, care, and soul. They are compelling, complex and balanced— delicious now and yet still have so much potential to age. This Cuvee, the Plough, is made in homage to the vineyard workers, to the people who keep this winery moving.  If you haven’t tried these wines yet, you should!

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2017 Smockshop Spring Ephemeral Grenache Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Hiyu Wine Farm is an experience which will seep into you and engulf your senses and it is a must-visit for any Biodynamic wine lover. Hiyu goes beyond solely Biodynamics, and also incorporates practices of permaculture and animals living among the vines into their charming farm. This wine smells like where it is from more than any I’ve tasted this year. You can practically smell the spring herbs growing in the vineyard, the just ripe red fruit aromas smell as though growing wild in surrounding forest. The structure on the palate is refreshing and up lifting like the breeze across the vineyard as you look towards Mt. Hood. This is a wine that encompasses your senses and brings you to the farm it came from. I can’t help but smile every time I have the opportunity to serve it.

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2013 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago, New Zealand

Rudi Bauer, winemaker at Quartz Reef, let this sparkling wine sit on the lees for over 4.5 years! This makes him both a bit of a madman and an absolute genius! Rudi is humble despite being one of the foremost winemakers in Central Otago— he is originally from Austria, having come to New Zealand over 30-years ago for what was supposed to be a 6-month stage. Rudi believes wholeheartedly in Biodynamics and the wines are full of passion, authenticity to where they’re coming from, and vibrantly delicious. This sparkling wine is 91% Chardonnay, 9% Pinot Noir from a vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This wine is mouthwatering with layers of citrus fruit, fresh brioche, and poached orchard fruits—not to be missed!

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2013 Element Syrah Finger Lakes, New York

Element winery makes a compelling case for cool climate varieties from the Finger Lakes. One of my favorite is this Syrah! It is savory, herbal, complex, and still showing incredible youth despite being nearly 6-years old. Element winery takes great care in making wines that are genuine to the Finger Lakes, take a minimalist (nothing added, nothing taken away) approach to winemaking, and allow their wine the time they need before being released. This 2013 is the current release of Element Syrah, it is stunning and still has a lot of life in it!

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2012 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Te Mata estate was first planted in 1892! They are located at the heart of Hawke’s Bay GI, the Havelock Hills. Te Mata is part of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and looks not only at their environmental impact, but also takes into account social and economic sustainability.  The Elston Chardonnay is all about balance and elegance, spending 10-months on its lees in barrel, Elston shows lovely richness while maintaining a strong backbone of freshness. I had the opportunity to taste several vintages while in New Zealand, and can say with confidence that it is delicious in its youth, and stunning as it ages.

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2009 Dry River Craighall Riesling Martinborough, New Zealand

Martinborough GI is a small winegrowing area renowned for its Pinot Noir in the Wairarapa GI on the North Island of New Zealand. Martinborough comes across as an agricultural valley, where there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie among winegrowers. Dry River has deep roots in the area and they farm in a way which is sustainable to their site, and seek to preserve rather than ‘enhance’ wine. This riesling comes from their Craighill vineyard and is layered with citrus blossom tones, citrus zest, juicy pit fruits, and undertones of savory earth tones. The Dry River rieslings are mouthwatering and refreshing in their youth, but really compelling with age.

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2015 The Boneline Iridium Canterbury, New Zealand

The Boneline is a small estate in Canterbury, New Zealand. The Boneline takes its name from the nearby K-T Boundary line and each label features a fossil found within the nearby Waipara river. The Boneline is a unique place where the Southern Alps provide a rain shadow and there is bountiful sunshine, warm dry westerly winds and cool southerly winds that provide for long glorious vintages. Biodiversity reigns here and vines grow among pigs and sheep, native scrub provides shelter for geckos and native birds. And the wine is just as stunning! The Boneline has just been made available in the US as of July 2019, and I cannot urge you enough to find & try some. This Iridium is a red blend of primarily Cabernet Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a melody of deep dark fruit, savory spice, and herbal earth tones— it is alluring, delicious, and will linger on your mind!

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2015 Marc Delienne Abbaye Road Fleurie, Beaujolais

Marc Delienne works organically, and practices biodynamics on a small 12 acre estate in Fleurie, Beaujolais. He believes in minimal intervention and allows the wine to speak for itself. He uses goblet training, ambient yeast, whole cluster fermentation, no racking, no fining nor filtering, aging in foudre or concrete, and very little sulfur.  His wines are soulful, with deep complex flavors that linger in the palate, and a soft mouth-feel. They are everything that Gamay should be!

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2016 Syncline Mourvèdre Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

James and Poppie Mantone run Syncline Winery with their family along the Columbia river within the Columbia Gorge AVA. They believe in biodynamics to help their vineyard thrive and take care to observe the health of their soils, wines, and employees. They have sworn-off the manipulation of wines, a sentiment which I love! They focus on Rhône varietals, and the wine they produce is both soulful and satisfying. This Mourvèdre has high tones of juicy red berries, black pepper, cured meat, and petrichor. You don’t often see varietal Mourvèdre, but Syncline is making a very compelling case for it.

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

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PASTRY ARTS MAGAZINE
Summer 2019

In the most current issue of Pastry Arts Magazine, our media partner for the Pastry Plus conference recaps the launch of Ruby RB1 at the Pastryland Bake Sale and what went down at this year’s Pastry Plus Conference! Find the related articles on pages 32 and 120, respectively. Check it out here.

Read this article from the Valley Advocate on Lauren Kendzierski, ICC Pastry Arts ’03 grad and owner of Black Rabbit Farm. She recently debuted Black Rabbit Wild Ales, and people can’t get enough! They’re bottled and sold at her new farm store, Black Rabbit Provisions, which also sells jams, pickles, tomato sauces, hot sauces, pesto, soups, and other seasonal items.

What does Jacques Torres, ICC Dean of Pastry, use when he’s working with chocolate at home or at work, in his chocolate factory? Check out what he shared with The Huffington Post about the baking tools pastry chefs really use!

Congratulations Arden Lewis, ICC Culinary Arts ’05 and Culinary Entrepreneurship ’05, on being named the new Executive Chef of the Comal Heritage Food Incubator. Lewis worked in information technology at Goldman & Sachs for eight years before changing careers and pursuing his culinary education at ICC. Read more about him in Eater.

Stephen El-Hassan, a co-owner of O’Bagel and Culinary Arts ’16 grad, just launched Loquito. Read more about his taco árabes, a Lebanese-influenced twist on tacos, in Jersey Digs coming to Hoboken soon!

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GRUB STREET
This ‘Mom & Mom Shop’ Wants to Make Meat Fun Again

Erika Nakamura, ICC Culinary Arts ’09, along with wife Jocelyn Guest, recently opened J&E SmallGoods, a small-batch line of sausages. They’re focusing on finding sustainability and longevity in an industry that’s not known for either of those things. Check out their feature in Grub Street, then check out their products here.

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BOSTON GLOBE
Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week

Matthew Kenney, ICC Culinary Arts ’90, moved to Venice, California seven years ago. But back on the East Coast, he’s opening Plant City, an all vegan food hall. Check it out in the Boston Globe here.

Katzie Guy-Hamilton, 2007 graduate of our Professional Pastry Arts program, recently published her debut book Clean Enough, and was listed as one of Oprah’s “20 Celeb Cookbooks That Will Get You in the Kitchen”. Read more about her in Telegram!

Debbie Solomon, Culinary Arts ’07, was born and raised in Jamaica, before moving to New York where she helped her mother in the kitchen of her catering business. Because of that experience, she attended culinary school at ICC to launch her career in the kitchen. Today, she’s the private chef of one of the highest grossing female music artists, Rihanna. Read about what it’s like to be a private chef of a celebrity superstar inYahoo!

For Pride Month, Buzzfeed shared their favorite LGBTQ-penned cookbooks to cook from and our own grads, Ben Mims and Rebekah Peppler were featured for their cookbooks Air Fry Every Day and Apéritif. Check out their cookbooks here.

Marc Marrone, Culinary Arts ’08, has announced two new eateries to open by mid-summer 2019. Graffiti Bao, which launched as a counter concept in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will expand to an independent storefront concept. Then, he’ll open Piña by Graffiti Bao, a Modern Mexican concept. Read more about his restaurants here.

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EATER
You Should Flip Your Next Pot Pie Upside-Down

Eater’s editors reveal their recommendations and pro dining tips — sometimes thoughtful, sometimes weird, but always someone’s go-to move! James Park, ICC Culinary Arts ’17, shares his top tip for making pot pie more amazing. Read his article here.

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HEATED
These Cooking Boxes Teach Kids How to Cook

Rowena Scherer, ICC Culinary Techniques grad, is the founder of eat2explore, a cooking box company aimed to get kids into the kitchen. She started her company in 2017 and now offers over a dozen different “explorer boxes,” from Singapore, Lebanon, India, and a range of other countries — as well as cities in the Northern and Southern U.S. Read more about it in Heated here.

Check out this article from the The New York Times that features Culinary Entrepreneurship instructor Liz Alpern of The Gefilteria. She is one of the chefs cooking for PrideTable, a two-week event that began in June, hosted by the organization StoryCourse. Read the article in The New York Times here.

Ordering wine at a restaurant doesn’t have to be so daunting. Ray Isle of Food & Wine visited restaurants and gathered seven tips for a better wine experience from Sommeliers. Check out what our Wine Coordinator for our Intensive Sommelier Training program, Nikki Palladino, recommended to Food & Wine while she was still a sommelier at Oceana.

In this podcast episode from Pastry Arts Magazine, Miro Uskokovic—the Executive Pastry Chef of Gramercy Tavern—discussed all things pastry, including our  Pastry Plus Conference! Listen to the podcast now and why he thinks networking opportunities like Pastry Plus are important to the future of the industry.

Peter Prime, Culinary Arts ’05, demonstrates his plating finesse at his restaurant Cane. Check out his feature in the Washington Post and visit his restaurant to get a taste of this delicious Caribbean cuisine.

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PUNCH DRINK
Peder Schweigert | General Manager and Spirits Director, Marvel Bar

Peder Schweigert, Culinary Arts ’08, is the General Manager and Spirits Director at Marvel Bar, a Minneapolis speakeasy. Now that the bar is in its 8th year, he’s working with his team to develop recipes and new ideas—collaborating with an in-house forager to explore ingredients like the underutilized Angelica leaf. Read more about what he’s up to in Punch Drink here.

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

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FORBES
From Boardroom To Vineyard: Greg Doody On Leaving Corporate Law For Wine

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to pursue a change of careers, check out this feature on Professional Culinary Arts and Intensive Sommelier Training graduate Greg Doody in Forbes. He went from corporate law to wine professional as the President & CEO of Vineyard Brands, making his passion for wine his profession!

Check out this article on Ivy Ronquillo in Lohud, featuring her business Second Mouse Cheese Shop. After graduating from ICC’s Professional Pastry Arts program, she went on to work at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant group and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group before eventually transitioning into the cheese business!

Congratulations to Professional Culinary Arts grad and executive chef of Bethesda’s Duck Duck Goose, Ashish Alfred, for being named the 2019 Maryland Chef of the Year! Read more about his latest accomplishment in Bethesda Mag.

Chef Adam Lathan—ICC Culinary Entrepreneurship alumnus and owner of The Gumbo Bros—sat down with Broadway World to discuss how a New Orleans native came to open a restaurant in Brooklyn. Check out how ICC instructor Chef Bradford Thompson has mentored him through his career here.

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GRUB STREET
Totally Dank and Impossibly Juicy Five years in, Other Half is still the city’s hottest brewery — and it shows no signs of slowing down

How did Other Half Brewing become the hottest brewery in the city? How did they come to have customers waiting in line for their beer for 11 hours? In this story from Grub Street, read about alumnus Matt Monahan, and how he co-founded one of the most popular beverage companies in NYC!

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PASTRY ARTS MAG
Jason Licker: Career Highlights, Lessons Learned & His Book “Lickerland”

Jason Licker, Professional Pastry Arts graduate, sat down with Pastry Arts Mag to discuss his global career and James Beard nominated, self-published cookbook. Listen to how he published his own award-nominated cookbook & more here.

Restaurateur and ICC alumna Camilla Marcus’ west~bourne café in SoHo was created to demonstrate that mission-driven, sustainable capitalism and enlightened employment practices can both survive and thrive in the often cutthroat hospitality world. Read more about this entrepreneur in her Barron’s feature!

Brooke Shields doesn’t think she can cook, but our alumnus Scott Tacinelli sure can! In this recipe feature with Chef Scott and his wife & business partner Angie Rito, they share some of their popular dishes from Don Angie with In Style. Get the recipe here.

Since 2011, ICC has partnered with the MiNo Foundation to provide scholarships for young talented Louisianians to pursue their culinary or pastry education. Read more in Bloomberg about the work that they’re doing to inspire the next generation of culinary professionals!

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BAKE MAG
The Magic of Milk Bar

It’s no secret that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi to Milk Bar, and much of it stems from founder & ICC alumna Christina Tosi’s commitment to the core of her brand. Read about how she does it all in Bake Mag.

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BARRON’S
Philadelphia’s Zahav Wins James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant

Congratulations to Steven Cook, ICC grad, and Michael Solomonov on taking home arguably one of the biggest awards of the evening at this year’s James Beard Awards—Outstanding Restaurant! Check out their restaurant Zahav in Barron’s.

7 Greens, a mini-chain of salad restaurants founded by ICC alumna Kelly Schaefer, debuted in 2014 in Detroit. She opened a second location in 2016 in Birmingham, Michigan. Now, she has major plans for expansion. Read more about her company in Eater!

Love avocados, but hate how fast they brown? Keep your guacamole green by changing the type of knife you use. Find out what kind of knife our Director of Culinary Arts & Technology Hervé Malivert recommends in this article from the Today Show to slice your way to success!

It might be a French classic, but the baba au rhum (or rum baba) breaks traditional pastry rules. Nowadays, the dish is most famously endorsed by Alain Ducasse, the French chef who holds 21 Michelin stars worldwide. ICC Director of Pastry, Chef Jansen Chan, worked with Ducasse for 3 years creating his baba au rhum recipe. Chef Jansen shared the secrets to creating the perfect one with Vine Pair !

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FORBES
The Chef Collaborator: Lessons From Cooking School On The Power Of Teamwork

Dawn Perry is Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing for ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader in residential real estate. But, she didn’t start out in real estate. Read about what she learned in culinary school at ICC that has continued to help her today in this Forbes feature!