Padma and Anthony

ICE Alum Anthony Jackson's Career as Padma Lakshmi’s Chief of Staff

“Everybody in my family learns to cook — whether you want to or not,” Anthony says. With a home economics teacher for a grandmother and an enthusiastic home cook for a mother, he grew up with the idea

Chef and ICE alum Simone Tong

ICE Alum Simone Tong Opens Silver Apricot Amid the Pandemic

It was an admittedly random dream to work for chef Wylie Dufrense that first pushed Simone to pursue a culinary career. While watching an episode of “After Hours with Daniel,” she was mesmerized by

Gabriella Russo at SingleThread Farms

ICE Alum Pursues Her Passion at SingleThread Farms

“The first three weeks were great,” she recalls. “I had an opportunity to spend a day on the farm and learn about where all of our amazing produce comes from and how it is grown.” She would not return

Josue Mendez's last day of class

Remembering ICE Alum Josue Mendez

Sadly, on Friday, July 24, Josue died tragically in an automobile accident at the young age of 20, according to a GoFundMe campaign in his honor. Though he was unable to realize his dream of becoming

ICE grad Guy Vaknin started Beyond Sushi

How ICE Grad Guy Vaknin Built a Vegan Sushi Empire

Raised to love cooking by his mother and grandmother in Israel, Guy fulfilled his military duty and began a degree in computer engineering before he enrolled at ICE to pursue a career in food. Now, he

Aaron Beasley poses among cheese wheels in Modena, Italy

From ICE Scholarship to Italy and Beyond

"My experience working at a startup was very mentally exhausting, and I realized there was nothing that could deter me from cooking," Aaron says of his career change. "How I handle everything — all my

Andrew Zimmern photo by Madeleine Hill

Andrew Zimmern is Never Stopping

“It was just one of those things,” Andrew said. “I fell in love with everything that happened in the restaurant. I fell in love with the camaraderie. I fell in love with the nightly theater of it. I

ICE alum Adeena Sussman

ICE Alum Adeena Sussman Shares her Success with "Sababa"

In 2015, Adeena moved to Israel after meeting an expat American who is now her husband. She lived in Jerusalem shortly after college in the 1990s and visited the country frequently over the years

Kelly Bedford served in the Marine Corps before enrolling in ICE's Pastry & Baking Arts program

How a Marine Corps Veteran Became a Pastry Chef

After four years as an administrative clerk in the Marine Corps, Kelly Bedford (Pastry, ‘20) earned her bachelor’s degree, became a mother and enrolled in culinary school. Even after all that life


Three ICE Alumni Thriving in Food Media

Jenna Helwig wanted a career in television when she was in college, so she worked for a television entertainment company for years. But over time, it became more and more disenchanting. “While of

ICE alumni with Chef Mike Anthony at Gramercy Tavern

What it’s Like to Launch a Career in a Michelin-Starred Kitchen

Before Gianna went to culinary school, she graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and statistics. She spent about four years working in marketing before she started to

Red Rooster Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson on His Most Important Work Ever

Eight weeks into New York City's shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chef Marcus Samuelsson took a break from packing thousands of meals for the daily line outside Red Rooster to inspire ICE

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