Student Profile: Michael Eng

Michael Eng was one of three students profiled in the Winter 2012 issue of The Main Course, ICE’s school newsletter. Michael came to ICE after a brief stint in finance so that he could explore his passion for the culinary arts and restaurants and to get the training needed to begin a new career he would be passionate about. Keep reading to get an inside look at one interesting member of the ICE student body.

Michael Eng, Culinary Arts

Michael Eng graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2009 — not exactly the right time to launch a career in finance. He began working in restaurants while in high school and continued doing so even after graduating and beginning a “real” job.  His positive experience working at restaurants helped convince him to enroll in the career training programs at ICE. Eng learned basic Chinese cooking — including butchering a chicken with a cleaver and how to make dumplings — from his grandparents but also got a healthy dose of Jacques Pépin, Julia Child and the Food Network’s programs growing up. He hopes to eventually open his own restaurant in New York. A frequent volunteer to culinary events around town, he is also an accomplished violin, piano and guitar player.

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