Dasheen Ellis,Culinary Arts
As a high school track star in Rockland County, Dasheen Ellis, dreamed of one day attending culinary school. But no matter how ready he was to begin his career, it was important to him to first pursue a college education at SUNY Cortland. In August 2011, he enrolled at ICE and now at 21, he is wrapping up his externship at Perilla, Top Chef Howard Dieterle’s modern-American restaurant. Dasheen finds cooking to be not just an art form, but therapeutic, and plans to continue to follow his passion with a career in the kitchen. After graduation, he hopes to grab his backpack and discover first-hand the flavors of Italy before securing a job. When he’s not cooking, you can find him coaching track and field at North Rockland High School.