wine enthusiast

14 ICC Grads and Instructors Awarded Prestigious Honors from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is one of America’s foremost experts and voices on wine. With over 300 million magazines printed since 1988, to reaching millions across their social platforms, their knowledge and expertise is far reaching around the world.

Each year, Wine Enthusiast publishes a list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants that honors “a selection of restaurants where wine is shared and celebrated, and where, the selection, food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional.” With knowledgeable experts bringing consumers information on the fascinating world of wine and spirits, this list speaks to the hard work and dedication that restaurant owners across America are bringing to the table.

We are proud to congratulate the six members of the ICC community who have been named on this prestigious list—from an Intensive Sommelier Training alumnus and instructors, to graduates of our Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts and Art of International Bread Baking programs, the versatility of the awardees speaks for itself.

If that’s not enough, check out these eight restaurants owned or operated by ICC alumni that were inducted into Wine Enthusiast’s Restaurant Hall of Fame. These standouts have appeared on their list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants four or more times, and they’re still operating at the top of their game.

Congratulations to all for continuing to raise the standards of food and wine in America! We couldn’t be more proud. Below, check out the winners and their respective restaurants, then click on the links to view the full lists.

Angler, CA

Joshua Skenes, Founder, Professional Culinary Arts ‘01

Atomix, NY

Jhonel Faelnar, Advanced Sommelier, Wine Director & Sommelier, Intensive Sommelier Training ‘14

Gotham Bar and Grill, NY

Jason Hedges, Beverage Director, Culinary Entrepreneurship ’11

Lafayette, NY

Josh Nadel, MS, Beverage Director, Intensive Sommelier Training Program Instructor

Racines, NY

Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, Partner, Intensive Sommelier Training Program Instructor

Vetri Cucina, PA

Mark Vetri, Chef/Founder, Art of International Bread Baking ‘98

Click here to view the full list

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, NY

Dan Barber, Chef/Owner, Professional Culinary Arts ’94

Fish & Game, NY

Zak Pelaccio, Owner and Executive Chef, Professional Culinary Arts ‘98

Frasca Food and Wine, CO

Kelly Jeun, Co Executive Chef, Professional Culinary Arts ‘07

Gramercy Tavern, NY

Howard Kalachnikoff, Chef de Cuisine, Professional Culinary Arts ’04

L’Etoile, WI

Tory Miller, Chef/Owner, Professional Culinary Arts ’00

Manresa, CA

David Kinch, Executive Chef, Dean

Per Se, NY

Anna Bolz, Executive Pastry Chef, Professional Pastry Arts ’07

Quince, CA

Aaron Babcock, Advanced Sommelier, Intensive Sommelier Training Program ‘13

Click here to view the full list

world's 50 best

ICC Alumni Named To The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List!

On June 25th, in the late hours of the evening in Singapore—luckily the morning for us in NYC—the moment the culinary world had been waiting for had finally arrived: the release of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 sponsored by San Pellegrino.

While the list has seen many changes since its inception 18 years ago, it still arguably holds significant power in today’s foodie world. Take Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, for example, who visited ICC for a demonstration last September. In 2013 and 2015, his restaurant took home 1st place, then received over 2 million reservation requests within 24 hours (Time). The impact that this list has on the culinary world is immense.

That’s why, we couldn’t be more excited to congratulate the three ICC alumni and their respective restaurants who have been named to this year’s World’s 50 Best list. It is truly one of the greatest honors in gastronomy! We would also like to extend our congratulations to 2019 Professional Culinary Arts graduate Matthew Boronat, who is a line cook at Cosme. After graduating just three months ago, he secured a job at the No. 23 restaurant in the world!

Over the years, ICC has had the pleasure of hosting many of the chefs and restaurants on the Worlds 50 Best Lists for demonstrations at the school. We’d like to send our congratulations to Chef Virgilio Martínez, Chef/Owner of No. 6 restaurant Central in Peru, Chef Rubens Salfer, Head Chef of Alex Atala’s No. 54 restaurant D.O.M in Brazil, Chef Manish Mehrotra, Chef/Owner of No. 60 restaurant Indian Accent in India, and Chef Ángel León, Chef/Owner of No. 94 restaurant Aponiente in Spain, .

Additionally, the publication also includes the top 51-100 restaurants. This year, in a surprise twist, the list was expanded to include restaurants 101-120 to celebrated sponsor San Pellegrino’s 120th anniversary!

Below, check out the alumni who were named to the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list for 2019!

No.2 Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

Kevin Jeung, Chef of Research and Production, The Fermentation Lab, Professional Culinary Arts ’10

No. 28 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Dan Barber, Chef/Owner, Professional Culinary Arts ’94

No. 47 Benu, San Francisco, CA

Lauren Reed, Pastry Chef de Partie, Professional Pastry Arts ’11

No. 70 Saison, San Francisco, CA

Joshua Skenes, Founder, Professional Culinary Arts ‘01

No. 76 Momofuku Ko, New York, NY

David Chang, Owner, Professional Culinary Arts ‘04

No. 115 Per Se, New York, NY

Anna Bolz, Pastry Chef, Professional Pastry Arts ‘07

No. 119 Atomix, New York, NY

Jhonel Faelnar, Advanced Sommelier, Wine Director & Sommelier, Intensive Sommelier Training ‘14