Missy Robbins is an ICE alumni

Missy Robbins

Chef and Owner, Lilia
Chef and Owner, Misi
Brooklyn, NY

"ICE was particularly helpful when it came time to go on externship. The school made it possible to get hooked into exactly the restaurant I wanted to be and things just took off from there."


Missy Robbins came to ICE after graduating from Georgetown. She spent the next few years cooking and learning at Anne Rosenzweig’s Arcadia and Lobster Club and Wayne Nish’s March. After interning in three restaurants in Italy, she joined the Soho Grand Hotel, eventually becoming sous chef there, before taking the helm at Chicago’s acclaimed Spiaggia restaurant. In October 2005, Robbins won the coveted William R. Rice Most Promising Chef Award at the Chicago Wine and Food Festival. In 2008, she returned to New York to serve as executive chef at A Voce, and opened the restaurant’s second location in the Time Warner Center. Food & Wine chose her as one of its 2010 Best New Chefs.

In 2016, Missy opened her first restaurant, Lilia, in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, bringing "the best of Italy to Williamsburg where wood-fired seafood, hand-crafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality come together to create a casual dining experience." In September 2018, she opened pasta- and vegetable-focused outpost Misi, also in Williamsburg.


  • Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Arts, 1995

Awards and Honors

  • William R. Rice Most Promising Chef Award, Chicago Wine and Food Festival, 2005
  • Best New Chefs, Food & Wine, 2010
  • Lilia and Misi both earned three stars from The New York Times
  • 2018 James Beard Award, Best Chef: New York City

Work History

  • Arcadia, New York, 1994
  • Soho Grand Hotel, New York
  • Spiaggia, Chicago, 2003
  • A Voce, New York, 2008

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Italian
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

Missy Robbins on the Blog