Assistant Dean of Students, Student Affairs; Culinary Arts Chef-Instructor
Cara Tannenbaum’s experience in the food industry totals more than 22 years. After earning her master’s in anthropology at SUNY Albany, Tannenbaum initially pursued a career as an archaeologist, but found academia disenchanting. While her husband was teaching at Yale, she took a job at a European-style bakery and quickly climbed to lead baker.
She later enrolled in the New York Restaurant School and followed graduation with stints at Orso and Woods. In 1986, Tannenbaum opened her own restaurant—Quarropas—in White Plains, focusing on American food.
Tannenbaum began teaching at ICE in 1997. Most recently she has focused on remediating and advising students in the professional culinary and pastry programs. Along with her teaching duties, in 2014, ICE welcomed Tannenbaum to her new position as Assistant Dean of Students in the department of Student Affairs. She says, “My culinary voice is straightforward and clear — simple, delicious preparations based on knowledge of ingredients and technique are the way to go. I help my students find their voice first with understanding, and then with hard work. I encourage them to read all they can about food, get involved in every food related activity that they can, travel, eat, and soak it all up.”
Learn more about Chef Cara:
Recipe: Pumpkin Seed Spice Cake
Recipe: Dukkah Chips
Recreational Classes with Chef Cara