Alumni News, Resources & Inspiration

From award-winning restaurateurs and chefs to food media leaders, hotel managers and entrepreneurs, our alumni continue to rank among the most noteworthy names in the food and hospitality industries.

Graduates can pursue positions as executive, pastry or private chefs; event or public relations professionals; food policy or non-profit leaders; retailers or product developers; authors or on-air hosts; and, of course, wine or mixology experts. See how former students have achieved success in catering, hotel management, product sourcing and beyond.

Check out the recent headlines featuring ICE graduates below. And meet some of our all-star alumni here

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Alumni News

ICE graduates make headlines with awards and nominations, restaurant rankings in the media, television appearances and dining reviews. Read more about the latest restaurant openings and expansions, promotions and successes among ICE’s community of alumni.

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Alumni Resources

A great way to network and find new opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industries is to get involved with industry organizations. ICE students and graduates participate in many highly regarded institutions in their fields.

See above for a list of industry organizations.

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Alumni Careers

Our graduates have pursued a wide array of careers in the culinary and hospitality fields with ICE diplomas and certificates, from cooking and baking positions to restaurant, bakery or food business ownership, hotel management, and event planning. See where an ICE education can take you.

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Careers outside the kitchen

Alumni News

Here are some of the ICE alumni who have inspired us in the past year:

Mina Pizarro is the pastry chef at Michelin-starred L'Appart.

October 2019

The 2020 Michelin Guide New York recognized a roster of restaurants led by ICE alumni, including L’Appart's fourth consecutive one-star review, calling the "mini praline soufflé matched with praline ice cream" from Pastry Chef Mina Pizarro (Pastry, ‘02), "always on point." 

Eddie Mao launched Mao Bao in New York

September 2019

Edward (Eddie) Mao (Management, '18) launched Mao Bao, serving Chinese sheng jian bao at Smorgasburg and a kiosk on The High Line.

Matt Hyland

August 2019

The New York Times announced the chefs selected to participate in its inaugural food festival, including Matt Hyland (Culinary, '05), owner of Pizza Loves Emily, Emmy Squared and Violet, and Sohui Kim (Culinary/Management, ‘02), owner of Insa and The Good Fork.

Paras Shah

July 2019

Paras Shah (Culinary, ‘07) introduces fast-casual paella restaurant Valencian Gold in Las Vegas. “It’s important to create a place where people will want to spend their time, enjoy the food and experience good service,” he says. With positive coverage from Eater Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Weekly, it looks like Valencian Gold is just that. 

Carl Ruiz

June 2019

In June, Carl Ruiz (Culinary, ‘00) opened La Cubana in the Meatpacking District, with live music, tropical cocktails and old-school Cuban food made fresh with modern ingredients. “The menu’s a mixture of my favorites growing up that my mom and grandmother would make and stuff that I picked up in Miami and Orlando, some old-school dishes that were disappearing,” Chef Carl says. “The traditional stuff is really satisfying to make.”

Photo by Nick Solares

Kristen Miglore

May 2019

The IACP Award for Baking cookbook went to Kristin Miglore (Culinary, '09) for "Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake." She also received the award for Food-Focused Column for Food52's Genius Recipes.

Photo by James Ransom

Mashama Bailey is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education

April 2019

The 2019 James Beard Award Winners were announced and executive chef of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, Mashama Bailey (Culinary, '01) won Best Chef: Southeast.

Photo by Karen Mordechai

Rachel Yang

March 2019

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2019 award finalists, which recognized restaurants and cookbooks from several ICE alumni: Rachel Yang (Culinary, '01) at Joule, Mashama Bailey (Culinary, '01) at The Grey, Marc Johnson (Culinary, '04) at Majordomo, and Miguel Trinidad (Culinary, '07) for "I Am a Filipino."

Thea Habjanic

February 2019

Thea Habjanic (Pastry ’10) is the executive pastry chef of Jose Andres’ new Spanish food mecca, Mercado Little Spain, opening in March at New York's Hudson Yards.

Zoe Nathan

January 2019

Zoe Nathan (Culinary, '01), co-owner and head baker of acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant group Rustic Canyon, is opening an eighth restaurant.

Photo by Emily Hart Roth

Kerry Brodie opens restaurant

November 2018

Kerry Brodie (Culinary, '17), founder of Emma's Torch, was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Award from ACCSC, which accredits ICE and hundreds of career schools around the country.

A great way to network and find new opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industries is to get involved with industry organizations. ICE students and graduates participate in the most highly regarded institutions of their fields, including the following industry organizations: