In 2001, reflecting the school’s growth, size and stature, the school’s name was changed to the Institute of Culinary Education, abbreviated as ICE. This new era also heralded the development of numerous new programs at the school, including:
- 2001 – Launched Restaurant & Culinary Management Program
- 2010 – Launched Hospitality & Hotel Management Program
- 2012 – Launched School of Professional Development
In 2005, ICE was designated an ACCSC 2006 School of Distinction, an award given to recognize member schools that have demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as a commitment to delivering quality education programs to students, graduates and employers. Then, in 2010, ICE’s Career Services department was given a commendation for excellence regarding their outstanding record of externship and job placements.
ICE also won numerous International Association of Culinary Professional ”Awards of Excellence” — in 2003, 2008 and 2011. ICE’s President Rick Smilow (now Chairman and CEO) also received significant recognition. In 2003, Smilow was chosen as the annual honoree of The New York Association of Culinary Professionals, joining a list of culinary leaders that includes James Beard, Julia Child, Peter Kump and Jacques Pépin, as well as Craig Claiborne and Lidia Bastianich. And in 2011, Smilow was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the IACP. ICE was also named the IACP’s 2015 “Culinary School of the Year ” and longtime chef-instructor Chris Gesualdi was awarded the 2015 “Culinary Educator of the Year.”
During this time, ICE alumni emerged as leaders in the field, including numerous James Beard Award winners: Vivian Howard, Stephen Durfee, Claudia Fleming, Greta Anthony, Allison Vines-Rushing, Trish Magwood, Gina DePalma and more. Several others emerged as media stars, including Marc Murphy and Gail Simmons. To learn more about ICE alumni accomplishments, click here.