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ICE and Scholastic Conquer Math in the Kitchen

ICE Chefs, Carla Hall and Michelle Obama Inspire Students to Embrace Math in the Culinary Arts

Did you ever have a moment in math class when you wondered, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” In the kitchen, chefs use math constantly, whether testing ratios for a new recipe, scaling portions to feed a crowd, or managing the fluctuating costs of ingredients. So when Scholastic wanted to show students how math applies to their future careers, it’s no surprise that they turned to the Institute of Culinary Education.

In this special culinary episode of Math@Work, Carla Hall from ABC’s The Chew, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and expert ICE Chef Instructors team up with students from New York’s Food and Finance High School to demonstrate how math applies to healthy cooking. Special guests include Top Chef Season 11 winner Nicholas Elmi and White House Executive Chef, Sam Kass. The Math@Work series will be shown in classrooms all over the country, and is available to millions of viewers online.

Every day, the chefs at ICE are challenged to develop innovative culinary solutions. Whether developing, testing or revising recipes, knowing the right calculations—such as baker’s percentage—saves time and resources. In the restaurant world, efficiency is everything, and the ability to make last minute without missing an order is key. When it comes to measuring success, no kitchen can make a profit without a rigorous understanding of how to develop and manage a cost-effective menu.

With the help of ICE Chef Instructors Jenny McCoy, Michael Garrett and Dalia Jurgensen, the students executed three delicious dishes: Grilled Turkey Paillard with a Strawberry Pomegranate Relish, Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille on a Toasted Baguette and a Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake.

Click below to see Math@Work in the ICE kitchens.