Find your cullinary voice

Juliette Pope

Juliette Pope is an alumna of the Institute of Culinary Education.Beverage Director, Gramercy Tavern, New York City, NY
Culinary Arts, 1994

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Juliette Pope spent a summer working on a ranch in Wyoming. She traveled around Europe, worked for a year with Wachovia bank in Atlanta, returned to Wyoming, got her footing as a cook, and moved to Italy for a year. She then worked in a gourmet take-out/catering business back in Atlanta before enrolling at ICE. After her externship at March, she spent six years cooking in kitchens around New York, including Zoe, Union Square Café, and Gramercy Tavern. Hoping one day to open a restaurant, Pope asked to gain experience at the front of the house. Paul Grieco, the wine director of Gramercy Tavern at the time, realized her talent and took her under his wing. She worked her way up, going from captain, floor manager, assistant beverage director, to beverage director in 2004. She says, “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the leg up — the confidence, the basic skills, the restaurant/other culinary connections — that ICE provided me. Extraordinary instructors changed my life, really. I would never in my wildest dreams have had the nerve to walk through the doors of a restaurant for a job if it weren’t for the ICE experience.”