holiday gift guide

ICC’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

ICC’s annual holiday gift guide is back and we’re excited to bring to you our must-have culinary gifts of the season. We’ve gathered some of our favorite kitchen gadgets, tasty treats, and chef gear to share as you search for the perfect gift this holiday season. You’ll want to snag a Vitamix blender using our exclusive discount code, spruce up your work uniform with Tilit’s new Supply line, and snack on ALL of the holiday treats we’re recommending made by ICC graduates. Plus, don’t miss out on our picks from the pros—ICC chef-instructors & staff recommended what they’re putting at the top of their lists, and we have to say, they’ve got some good taste!

Check out the five different areas of gift giving that we’ve highlighted below. Whether you’re shopping for the professional chef in your life, the cookbook lover, or the charitable gift giver, you’ll find something for almost everyone on your shopping list!

For the Professional

For the culinary professional in your life that seems to have every kitchen tool you could imagine, look no further than these picks for the pros, from the pros. These additions are sure to inspire them in the kitchen!

dinnerware

REVOL | ARBORESCENCE COLLECTION

$21 – $195

Our Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, Chef Hervé Malivert, loves these dishes for the beautiful accent they add to any table and the way they make his food pop!

vitamix

VITAMIX | CLASSIC BLENDERS

Starting at $349.95

Need a new tool for your kitchen? Get a gift for yourself and use code ICCVitamix21216 for 20% off.

burlap and barrel

BURLAP & BARREL | CHEF’S CHOICE COLLECTION

$48.99

 Our friend Ethan Frisch started Burlap & Barrel to create ethically sourced spices and creates exceptional ingredients. We love this Chef’s Choice Collection, featuring unique seasonings like Wild Icelandic Kelp and Flowering Hyssop Thyme, and know the chef in your life will too!
glass

OTHER HALF BREWERY | OTHER HALF ROC TEKU

$15

For the craft beer lover in your life—get them any number of ICC alumnus Matt Monahan’s highly sought after Other Half Brewery cans (so exclusive, you’ll have to wait in line for a few hours), then purchase a special glass for them to drink it out of!

holiday socks

HAPPY SOCKS | ADVENT CALENDAR GIFT BOX

$225

When the chef in your life gets into a uniform rut and wants to spruce things up, ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Michelle Doll recommends this adorable advent calendar gift box!

blender

AMAZON | ALL-CLAD KZ750D IMMERSION BLENDER

$97.99

ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor, Kierin Baldwin recommends an immersion blender for their endless variety of pastry applications.

tilit apron

TILIT | SUPPLY CHEF APRON

$39

Our friends at Tilit just launched this brand new line of chef wear, Tilit Supply. We love it for it’s street wear aesthetic—get this for your kitchen staff and thank us later!

Saurkrock

HUMBLE HOUSE | SAUERKROCK

$69.95

ICC Chef-Instructor Ben Grebel has a Sauerkrock at the top of his list! He wants this to create different fermentations at home, and if you know someone who’s been wanting to get into fermentation, this is the perfect starter kit.

Canning Kit

AMAZON | CANNING KIT

$39.95

The perfect accessory to accompany the Sauerkrock! Chef Ben also recommends this DIY canning kit so the chef in your life can start creating their own pickling projects.

For the Foodie

For the foodie friend who knows all of the best restaurant spots, wants to develop their cooking skills, or makes the best sous chef in the kitchen, these gifts will keep them at the top of their culinary game!

studmuffin desserts

STUD MUFFIN DESSERTS | STUD BUCKET

$25

ICC graduate Seth Raphaeli went from banker to baker and we’re so glad he did! He creates buckets of treats that will delight any dessert lover. There’s even gluten-free options too!

chefanie straws

CHEFANIE | TARTAN CERAMIC STRAWS 

$60

ICC graduate Stephanie Nass creates beautiful products for your home and we love her reusable straws! Environmentally friendly and so chic, it’s a win-win all around.

croissant

ICC | GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A ONE DAY RECREATIONAL CLASS

$195

If the foodie in your life would rather get into the kitchen, check out all of ICC’s one-day classes and purchase them a gift certificate! There’s a class for almost everyone on your list from the pasta lover, to the busy baker and wine enthusiast.

my little sous

LITTLE SOUS | MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOX

$24.99

ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Michelle Doll loves the Little Sous subscription boxes for families and children to connect in their home kitchens! 

spatula

SUR LA TABLE | SILICONE SPATULA

$11

Chef Kierin Baldwin loves silicone spatulas in her kitchen, but this is her absolute favorite one! This one has no nooks where water can get trapped when you’re cleaning it, so it’s perfect for the kitchen.

splendid spoon

SPLENDID SPOON | BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEAL DELIVERY

$95

For the foodie in your life who doesn’t always have time to cook for themselves, get them breakfast and lunch delivered right to their door! ICC graduate Nicole Centeno created Splendid Spoon to provide healthy options that the whole family will love.

momfuku salt

PEACHY KEEN | MOMOFUKU SEASONED SALTS

$28

Momofuku Seasoned Salts have been the secret to ICC alumnus David Chang’s kitchens for the last 10 years, and now they’re finally selling them to the world! Order these for your favorite home cook and be sure to get one for yourself too.

knives

KORIN | THREE PIECE SET

$299.50

For the amateur home cook who’s just starting to get more serious about their cooking, we love this knife set from our friends at Korin!

instant pot

AMAZON | INSTANT POT

$99

ICC President, Erik Murnighan loves the Instant Pot for creating delicious, quick dinners for his family, plus other fun projects! Don’t underestimate the power of an Instant Pot.

scones

ICC | CULINARY OR PASTRY SUMMER TEEN CAMPS

$1,150 for 5 days

For the young, aspiring chef in your life! Give them the gift of a lifetime with our 5-day Culinary or Pastry Summer Teen Camps. Check out our 2020 class schedule here.

For the Cookbook Lover

For the person with an already impressive cookbook collection, add a few more of these newly released and classic titles to their shelves.

dynamite chicken

TYLER KORD | FOOD52 DYNAMITE CHICKEN

$16.89

Running out of new ways to love everyone’s ultimate dinnertime winner? ICC graduate Tyler Kord solves all of your chicken problems in this cookbook.

the last course

CLAUDIA FLEMMING | THE LAST COURSE

$36

Pastry legend Claudia Fleming’s beloved dessert book returns. It’s finally being reprinted after many years out of print, so our pastry instructors are grabbing their copies and you should too!

the joys of baking

SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE | THE JOYS OF BAKING

$26.25

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.

butcher and beast

ANGIE MAR | BUTCHER AND BEAST

$26.10

ICC alumna Angie Mar’s debut cookbook is so much more than your traditional cookbook. Angie showcases over 80 recipes with her signature unconventional approach to flavor, including Beatrice Inn favorites like Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder and Duck & Foie Gras Pie.

the flavor bible

KAREN PAGE & ANDREW DORNENBURG | THE FLAVOR BIBLE

$24.99

ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Kierin Baldwin recommends this cookbook to almost everyone she teaches in our kitchens!

heirloom kitchen

ANNA FRANCESE GASS | HEIRLOOM KITCHEN

$13.69

In Heirloom Kitchen, ICC alumna Anna Francese Gass showcases recipes from immigrant women across the world. A beautiful, inspiring cookbook for the holidays.

For the Charitable Gift Giver

We all have that special someone in our life that has just about everything, or the minimalist who prefers not to receive gifts. Instead of racking your brain, and possibly even coming up short, why not donate to a charity in their honor? Check out three of the beloved charities we work with, all of which help students achieve their culinary dreams!

aaron sanchez scholarship fund

AARÓN SÁNCHEZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund provides recipients with fully paid culinary scholarships to ICC and a paid internship upon completion of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program to aspiring chefs from the Latin community in New Orleans, El Paso and Puerto Rico.

mino foundation

MADE IN NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION

The Made in New Orleans (MiNO) Foundation enriches lives through food and mentorship by providing scholarships to ICC’s Professional Culinary & Pastry Arts programs and entrepreneurial resources.

jacques pepin foundation

JACQUES PÉPIN FOUNDATION

Our Dean Jacques Pépin’s foundation supports free culinary and life skills training, through community based organizations and helps individuals detached from the workforce gain confidence, skills, and employment in food service.

For Your Holiday Party

Don’t show up empty handed! Whether you’re in need of a gift for the host that has it all, or want to be the hero of your family holiday party but don’t have hours to spare in the kitchen, grab one of these delicious treats from our grads. Pro tip—most of these recommendations are offering special holiday editions of their products, so be sure to ask what they have in stock.

baz bagels

BAZ BAGELS | BAZ BAGEL BOX

$60

ICC graduate Bari Musacchio is creating some of the best bagels in New York City at Baz Bagels. Pick up a box and be the hero of any party you attend with fresh, authentic NYC bagels, complete with all the fixings.

donuts

DU’S DONUTS (DOZEN)

$38.50

The food world was devastated when ICC alumnus Chef Wylie Dufresne closed wd~50, but thankfully, he recently returned to the scene with Du’s Donuts. He’s creating delicious donuts with his signature gastronomic flair that are hard to resist.

sausage

J & E SMALL GOODS | SAUSAGE PARTY

$79.95

ICC grad Erika Nakamura, along with wife and co-owner Jocelyn Guest, created J & E Small Goods after starting a family and realizing that high quality, natural sausages and deli meats were hard to come by. You’ll find the products you’ve always dreamed of feeding your family at J & E Small Goods!

brewers crackers

BREWER’S CRACKERS | BREWER’S CRACKERS GIFT BASKET

$45

ICC grad Kyle Fiasconaro created Brewer’s Crackers to offset food waste with the boom in the craft brewing industry. He takes spent grain used to create beer and turns them into delicious crackers. Environmentally friendly crackers, what’s not to love?

holidays around the world

Holidays Around The World

The holiday season is a time for family, and friends, to come together and create lifelong memories while celebrating the cherished traditions of their culture. For most, these gatherings are centered around sharing meals with loved ones that highlight some of the best food traditions the world has to offer! Since our chef-instructors hail from many different countries around the world, we asked them to share some of their favorite holiday food memories and cherished traditions of their childhoods. Read their stories below and get some inspiration for your holiday menu!

1. Chef Jürgen David, Associate Director of Pastry

Vienna, Austria

“One of my favorite childhood memories was going to the big Christmas Market in front of Town Hall in the heart of Vienna. The largest Christmas Market, it was beautifully decorated with sparkles, candles gingerbread and Christmas trees everywhere. The town hall would be lit up with lights that you could see from a mile away!

There would be lots of tasty morsels and hot cider, but the best thing was having your pockets filled with roasted chestnuts. We would get a little paper cone—there would be about 10 to 12 little pieces—and you put them in your cold pocket. Not only were they delicious, but they would also keep your hands warm while you walked around the market. These were my favorite thing to eat during the holiday season. It still warms my heart every time I think about it, and makes me homesick—in a good way. It’s not Christmas without roasted chestnuts, so I make them every year!”

 

Chef Jurgen
Chef Jürgen getting chestnuts at a Christmas Market as a child

2. Chef Natalia Pozzi, Events Coordinator

São Paulo, Brazil

Chef Natalia Pozzi

“Every year, the Christmas dinner would happen at my grandmother’s house where she lived in the country, and we would have our traditional Brazilian Christmas supper. Usually it includes turkey, Chester chicken, salted Bacalhau, rice—of course, because we are from South America—a lot of fruits and a panettone. My favorite part of the meal also included Farofa, which is a toasted manioc flour mixture. It can be sweet with fruits or salty with bacon, and I remember my mom always making this for any holiday occasion.

My favorite Christmas memory has to do with my father. Two months before Christmas, I would go with my dad to a place where they raised suckling pig. He would choose the pig to eat at Christmas, and he would marinate the pig in the fridge for days and baste it for hours before the meal. At the end, he would pour the hot oil over the skin and it would become crispy and golden. I remember him putting the pig on the table, and every year he would serve it because he knew the proper way for everyone to get the moist meat and crispy skin.

Both of my parents are very good cooks, so all of my inspiration about flavor and traditional technique comes from them. My dad in particular loves to cook anything Brazilian style. Nowadays, we compete to see who is the better cook, and he always wins!”

A young Chef Natalia dressed as Santa Claus

3. Chef Kir Rodriquez, Associate Pastry Coordinator & Chef-Instructor

Puerto Rico

“Growing up in Puerto Rico my family was all about food, specifically during the holidays.  My grandfather had a big farm with pigs for lechón, chickens for arroz con pollo, cows for fresh cheese and root vegetables like taro root, malanga, potatoes, as well as other vegetables like plantains and bananas for pasteles. And let’s not forget about the coquito (like an eggnog without eggs and lots of rum).

The holidays were a big family event and everyone was involved in the preparations. Holidays for us meant the whole month of December all the way to January 6 which is Three Kings, and then we would start the Octavitas, which was an extension of the holidays for two more weeks.

So much fun. I still celebrate Three Kings with a big party for all the family in our home in New Jersey.”

Chef Kir shares a Christmas photo celebrating the holidays with his mom

4. Chef José Menéndez, Chef-Instructor

Madrid, Spain

Chef Jose“Most people have memories of Christmas celebrations during their childhood, and although I lived a happy childhood thanks to my parents, I remember Christmas as a time of work for my whole family. My parents, both Chefs, had several restaurants in Spain, and we grew up surrounded by the constant hustle and bustle of the kitchens. During Christmas and around the busy holiday season, the work quickly multiplied by ten.

So, instead of a picture of my family enjoying a dinner at home, I wanted to share a picture of my father’s first restaurant in 1952, as this is how I remember my childhood. My brothers and I worked to help my parents, as they would give many of the staff the time off to enjoy the holidays with their families.

Our Christmas dinners were with all the staff of the restaurant, so that memory and reality has accompanied me throughout my professional life. Even so, I remember the dinners with a great union and camaraderie that I have always taken with me wherever I have gone. The classic main course of the holiday dinners would always be a roasted milk fed lamb which I remember to this day.”

Chef Jose's father's restaurant
Chef Jose’s father’s restaurant in 1952. His Father, Emilio Menendez, is second from the left.
Presents

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is in full swing, and although Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, the season of giving is just beginning. If you’re scrambling to think of a unique gift for your loved one, friend, or even your favorite sous-chef, look no further than our Holiday Gift Guide!

This year, we highlighted three different areas of gift giving. Whether you’re shopping for the professional in your life, the foodie that knows every restaurant in Manhattan, or someone in between, check out all of our suggestions below!

For the Professional

For the culinary, pastry or wine professional in your life—from pro gear to great reads—these professional gifts are sure to delight any friend working in the industry, colleagues or your boss. But if you don’t need to impress your executive chef, you can always pick up one of these gifts for yourself!

Tilit Apron

Tilit Chef Apron

Tilit is redefining work-wear for the hospitality industry from stove to street. For the chef in your life, a Tilit Apron is wearable, durable, and long lasting. Check out their line of aprons, all made right here in New York City!

The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book

The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book

It’s a great time to be a pasty pro! If you are looking for a book that is traditional, but none the less very professional, check Professional Pastry Art’s graduate Michael Zebrowski’s The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book. Be warned—this book is anything but little! It includes any and everything you may need for a professional pastry kitchen.

The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe

The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe 

For more serious Sommelier studies, this beautiful book, The Sommeliers Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europegoes beyond the basics through the classic wines of Europe. Not only covering what to drink and where it’s from, this guide offers tips on how to taste and highlights many producers. It is a visual book with great design, layout and photos that are sure to be treasured by anyone who is serious about wine.

Cocktail Kingdom Essential cocktail kit

Cocktail Kingdom® Essential Cocktail Kit

Cocktail Kingdom is the world’s premier manufacturer and distributor of professional barware, offering a wide spectrum to meet the needs of the restaurant industry. This essential cocktail kit is an ideal gift for the busy restaurant owner who needs an upgrade in their life.

Polka Pants

Polka Pants

Featured in Vogue and founded by Professional Culinary Arts graduate, Maxine Thompson, Polka Pants offers tailored chef pants for women designed for functionality, comfort and style. Pick up a pair for the kitchen professional in your life, or buy a pair for yourself!

For the Young, Aspiring Professional

A student cooking

Teen Camps at ICC

For the young, aspiring chef in your life, our Teen Camps are a perfect way to get them into the kitchen. With Culinary and Pastry camp options, your teen is sure to be inspired during the week-long cooking & baking sessions. Relax knowing that your teen is learning from experienced, dedicated chef instructors (the same chef instructors who teach our Professional Culinary and Pastry Arts programs!)

For the Foodie

For the foodie friend or family member who knows all of the latest restaurants, keeps up with new food trends and has an envious home kitchen for entertaining!

Delicacies jewelry

Delicacies Jewelry

A perfect conversation starter and accessory to amp up any outfit, Delicacies Jewelry is a great way to celebrate your foodie’s favorite ingredient. They’re all about tasteful jewelry for people who love food, so whether it’s dainty farfalle pasta, or a beautiful pineapple, you can find the right option for anyone.

All About Cake

Milk Bar: All About Cake

Something that every foodie should have in their home baker tool kit is ICC Alumna Christina Tosi’s newest book—Milk BarAll About Cake. Learn how to bring the Milk Bar flavor home using her basic recipes with flavors that are anything but! This book includes bundt cakes, sheet cakes, cupcakes and, yes, the famous cake truffles. If someone in your life loves Milk Bar or even if they just love sweets, this book is the perfect gift.

Scone and coffee

One-Day Recreational Class at ICC

Give the gift of “experience” with a cooking class! Our one-day recreational classes are the perfect present for the avid home cook or bake sale guru in your life. With 20+ classes in cooking, baking and wine studies to choose from, there’s something for everyone at any age! Not sure which class they’d want to take? A gift certificate is a perfect option to let them choose!

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres Chocolate: Holiday Special Edition

We know we tend to favor our Dean of Pastry Arts’ amazing chocolates, but many people around the world agree that Mr. Chocolate, Chef Jacques Torres, makes some of the best bon bons around. We particularly love his Holiday Special Edition chocolate box that can satisfy any sweet-tooth. If you’re really in the holiday spirit, sit down with your box of chocolates and tune into the premiere of Netflix’s Nailed It! Holiday! season airing December 7th to see Jacques Torres as lead judge.

Essential Tools, Tops & Techniques for the Home Cook

Essential Tools, Tips & Techniques for the Home Cook

For the home cook ready to take their culinary game to the next level, pick up a copy of the newly released Essential Tools, Tips & Techniques for the Home Cook by Michelle Doll. This ICC alumna and adjunct Chef-Instructor has developed the perfect culinary compendium for the foodie to keep on hand in the kitchen. Without overwhelming, Chef Michelle walks the reader through essential culinary school techniques and tips to elevate their recipes. The book also includes recipes for every occasion and even a section for pressure cooker fanatics.

Menus: A book for your meals and memories

Menus: A Book For Your Meals and Memories

Legendary Chef, author of 29 cookbooks, acclaimed television host, Legion of Honor award winner and our Dean of Special Programs Chef Jacques Pépin has been hand-illustrating menus to keep track of what he cooked for friends, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and holidays. This book brings together Pépin’s favorite paintings so you can commemorate your own dinners with everything from the menu to the guests that joined you!

ICC Staff Picks

For when you want some help from the pros! Aren’t sure what to buy the professional, foodie, or family member who loves to entertain? Our staff are some of the most knowledgeable in the culinary industry, so if you’ve ever wondered what we use in our kitchens, look no further than our picks below!

ARY VacMaster

From our President, Erik Murnighan

When ICC President Erik is at home, he likes to pull out his ARY VacMaster chamber vacuum sealer for food preparation, preservation, and cooking sous-vide. Unlike a traditional Food Saver, a chamber vacuum sealer allows you to easily seal liquid and/or items with liquid. Whether he is making his signature hot sauce, turkey legs confit for Thanksgiving dinner, or any type of sous-vide cooking, vacuum chambers have a variety of uses. There are many new models and brands, but check out this option here.

Vitamix blender

From our Vice President of Education, Leland Scruby

Our Vice President of Education Leland is a graduate of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts and Intensive Sommelier Training programs, and recommends a Vitamix blender as a must have kitchen staple for any avid home cook. Used by professionals all over the world, it is an amazing blender that has many different features like puréeing, chopping, and even emulsifying. ICC is proud to be a Culinary School Partner of Vitamix, which provides a discount to the ICC Community. Click here and use promo code: ICCVitamix21216 to view the offers!

Gefilte fish

From our Assistant Director of Education, Judson Kniffen

Supporting our community is in our DNA, so it was easy for Judson to recommend one of our Food Business Fundamentals instructors Liz Alpern’s Gefilte Fish from her business The Gefilteria. Gefilte Fish is a traditional Ashkenazi appetizer served around the holiday season, and Liz’s can’t be missed!

Spatula from williams sonoma

From our Career Services Coordinator, Cortney McKenzie

For a fun gift that gives back, Cortney, graduate of both ICC’s Professional Pastry Arts and Intensive Sommelier Training programs, recommends a celebrity-designed spatula that benefits No Kid Hungry. 30% of the proceeds from every spatula goes towards helping feed children. Check out all of them here!

Kitchenaid Mixer

From our Assistant Director of Admission, Stephanie Baril

When Stephanie, ICC Professional Pastry Arts graduate and Assistant Director of Admissions is baking at home, the one thing she can’t live without is her ruby red KitchenAid Mixer. She uses her mixer whenever she gets the chance; from custom order cakes for clients, to cookies and mashed potatoes for family, a KitchenAid Mixer is a tool you’ll come back to time and again.

Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking

From our Librarian, Sara Quiroz

This year, Sara completed our Intensive Sommelier Training program, so she is all about wine for her staff pick! For any wine lover, pick up a copy of Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker. The simple, yet creative recipes with fun and unique wine pairings will make anyone a pro-hostess, as well as surprise seasoned wine lovers. It also includes fun “Pairing Cheat Sheets” such as what pairs with take away or what to drink when you don’t feel like eating!

Larmandier-Bernier "Cuvée du Levant" Vieilles Vignes Brut

From our Wine Coordinator, Elizabeth Smith

From one of the first producers to bottle single-vineyard Champagne & to champion low dosage comes this absolute stunner of a vintage cuvee. Larmandier-Bernier “Cuvée du Levant” Vieilles Vignes Brut 2007 comes from the oldest Grand Cru vines in the village of Cramant, farmed biodynamically & hand-harvested. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or impress another, this treasure of a Champagne is a perfect choice.

And One More...

Champagne gift set

In thinking about the holidays and bringing the community together, we wanted to share a piece of advice from our late Founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton. Dorothy was a visionary in culinary education and helped to shape the food world as we know it today. In addition to her vast culinary knowledge, she was well versed in the world of wine and wrote an article about how a great wine must be paired with the correct glass. To pair with our Wine Coordinator Elizabeth’s amazing champagne selection, pick up a a champagne gift set that has all of your needs to accompany a beautiful bottle of champagne.