The ICE Los Angeles Admissions team

Meet the ICE Admissions Staff

Your ICE Admissions representative is your first introduction to the ICE community, and one of your greatest assets in planning your future in culinary arts. 

Whether you're planning your new career or first career, you'll be matched with the ICE Admissions representative that best understands your background and needs. They're your advisor and guide, helping you determine which path is best for your aspirations and the steps to take to get there.


Our Admissions Team

Juan Tellez is the Director of Admissions at ICE LA.

Juan Tellez

Director of Admissions

Juan has more than 20 years of experience in education. He was the campus director at North-West College and the director of admissions at Everest College, American Career College and UEI College, all in California. Juan has a degree in business management and marketing and is passionate about student outcomes.

Michael Acuna works on the Admissions team at Institute of Culinary Education Los Angeles

Michael Acuna

Admissions Representative

Born and raised in Southern California, Michael Acuna found his passion for cooking and having others enjoy his meals at a young age. In high school, he joined the Culinary Academy and from that moment on, he solidified his career path. Being in the kitchen is where he felt he belonged. After graduating from culinary school, he pursued his career in culinary arts. Now, as part of the admissions team at ICE, he is able to help students pursue the path to follow their dreams in the culinary industry.

Jeff Haines works on the admissions team at the Institute of Culinary Education

Jeff Haines

Admissions Representative

Jeff Haines might as well have been born with a whisk in one hand and a spatula in the other. Growing up in a tight-knit family that loved food, it was no surprise that the pastry kitchen would be where he found his calling. After graduating culinary school in 2007, Jeff worked his way around some of the top restaurants in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Pasadena and Santa Barbara. With over 12 years of experience as a pastry chef, Jeff comes to ICE excited to share his experiences and knowledge of the industry and will always recommend eating dessert first.