Stories from ICE Students, Alumni & Guests
Student Stories: Jessica McCain After some studies switching, soul searching and a couple of spots on reality TV, Jessica McCain found herself craving more for her career. Jess always had a passion for food, and knew it was time to take that leap—so she called ICE, and 10 days later, she began her first day of culinary school.
Alumni Spotlight: Dom Tesoriero Listen to Dom as he discusses his journey from young culinary grad to food trucks and eventually, a spot on prime time television—proving the sky's the limit when you follow your passion.
Student Stories: Basic Training ICE students come from all walks of life. In the case of Brooklyn native Christian Souvenir, it took many years in the military before the desire to attend culinary school took hold.
Are you ready? In just 6-13 months, a life change can happen. ICE will help you follow your passion for cooking and find your culinary voice. Are you ready?
You should be next There are endless career possibilities in the food world today. ICE has launched more than 10,000 careers in the culinary field. You should be next.
Alumni Spotlight: Jen Tafuri Like many chefs, ICE alum Jennifer Tafuri didn't start out in the culinary industry. Yet after graduating college with a degree in anthropology, Jen knew that something just wasn't right.
Alumni Spotlight: Matt Hyland When it comes to buzzworthy pizza in New York City, few pie-slingers have achieved a cult following as quickly as Culinary Arts alum Matt Hyland.
Alumni Spotlight: Vivian Howard ICE graduate Vivian Howard returns to ICE to share a taste of her signature Eastern North Carolina cuisine and reflects on her culinary voice.
Rick Bayless Shares His Advice 'Top Chef Masters' and James Beard Award winner Rick Bayless stops by ICE to share candid professional advice with students as part of ICE's "Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs" lecture series.
Student Stories: No Time To Waste Culinary student Lizzie Powell was on the road to a dynamic career in public relations when she decided, instead, to pursue her passion for food.
Student Stories: Balancing Act ICE student Lauren Katz already had a great job as an editorial assistant at Rachel Ray Every Day magazine. Yet she knew she could boost both her culinary career—and her confidence—with hands-on training at ICE.
MTCE: 2015 Guest Speakers Industry leaders and top chefs—including Marcus Samuelsson and Rick Bayless—share their words of wisdom with students at ICE.
Student Stories: Hone Your Skills ICE Student Peter Martinez explains why he wanted formal training despite having already worked in the culinary industry.
Take The Challenge ICE gave away over $212,000 in scholarships in its search for the next generation of culinary talent. For the 2017 #CulinaryVoice Scholarship Challenge, ICE partnered with Marcus Samuelsson, Ted Allen, Donatella Arpaia and Duff Goldman to challenge the world to enter and win a scholarship.
Winners Revealed! For the 2017 #CulinaryVoice Scholarship Challenge, we asked the world: What is your culinary voice? We were overwhelmed by the response: 254 entrants from 201 countries and territories shared their unique, inventive and inspiring culinary voices.
Student Stories: Kelly Newsome For 15 years, Kelly Newsome (Culinary Arts ’17) dreamed of going to culinary school. “I just realized I’m never going to be happy unless I follow this passion inside me, which is to work in food.”
Alumni Spotlight: Ace Hotel Boss After attending cosmetology school and working her way up through the ranks of the style world, Christina realized what she loved about hairdressing could provide her with a base for a fulfilling career in hospitality.