Amanda Lee

ICE Student Amanda Lee Wins Umami Competition

In September, six ICE students prepared their interpretations of umami for faculty judges at our New York campus. They were challenged with developing first and main courses, one of which was plant

A pile of multi-colored macarons

One NYC Patisserie: Five ICE Alumni

And it was worth it. After externing and then working for Locande Verde, Smith Canteen and Seersucker, she and her now husband Simon Tung (Management, ‘11) — also an ICE alum — decided to go all in on

Chef Diego Lozano smiles with a student at ICE.

My Culinary Voice: Diego Lozano

Chef Diego Lozano has taken on the challenge of making modern pastries with Brazilian ingredients and classic European techniques. He founded São Paolo pastry school Escola de Confeitaria and spreads

Spago in Los Angeles

ICE Alum Jessica Alferos on Year One at Spago

What led you to culinary school? I didn’t want a desk job but something that was exciting and kept me busy. I thought culinary school would help me get a good foundation to start in the culinary

Richard Chu is the executive sous chef at Monsieur Benjamin in San Francisco.

Richard Chu’s Road to Executive Sous

The visit, squeezed in before a noon bus ride home to Pennsylvania, inspired his career shift — he began Culinary Arts classes a month later. “It was difficult getting my dad to wrap his head around

Castle Hotel & Spa

This Hospitality Grad Manages a Castle Hotel

In Japan, he gained experience in human resources, marketing and operations with a hospitality company called Hirakawa Shoji Co Ltd. and was a general manager at Sankara Hotel & Spa for a year. When

Chef Elliott Prag

Meet Health-Supportive Culinary Arts Lead Chef Elliott Prag

When NGI closed in early 2019, Chef Elliott joined the new Natural Gourmet Center at ICE as the program's first chef at our Los Angeles campus. In 2020, he returned to New York where he is the lead

Lorne Feldman is the dean of students at ICE.

Meet the Dean of Students

With his master’s in counseling psychology, Lorne worked with people in challenging situations, such as homelessness and substance abuse. He relied on baking for self-care and was encouraged to pursue

Antonia Lofasa speaks to students at the Institute of Culinary Education

Career Insights from Los Angeles Chef and Restaurateur Antonia Lofaso

Growing up in a tight-knit Italian-American family on Long Island, Antonia developed a love of food from a young age. When her family moved to California, sizzling fajitas at El Torito sparked her

Chef Paras Shah

Paras Shah Introduces Fast-Casual Paella in Las Vegas

The first memory Paras can conjure is of food. “My father came back from temple on a Sunday with Dunkin’ Donuts,” he says. “As a little chunky kid, I always loved the powdered sugar doughnuts. When

Manhatta Pastry Chef Emma Alden

The Ultimate Pastry Position Overlooking Manhattan

Emma concluded that academia wasn’t for her after a short foray into college — she missed working with her hands and the aspect of “being part of something bigger than yourself,” that working in

Director of Restaurant & Hospitality Management Mishel LeDoux

Meet Management Director Mishel LeDoux

Mishel began her restaurant career as a server, a job that fit with her college schedule, and quickly worked her way up by always having what she describes as “a passion for food, beverage and people

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