Chef and restaurateur Marc Murphy with ICE students at a Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs lecture at ICE

Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs

An ongoing business lecture series at ICE

Meet The Culinary Entrepreneurs is an exclusive lecture series featuring some of America's top food business experts.

The sessions — held throughout the year at ICE — introduce students and the public to the world’s leading restaurateurs, specialty food retailers, caterers and other culinary business proprietors who have established highly regarded national and international brands. The ongoing series was designed to complement ICE’s diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management program, which trains students with career goals of owning or operating a restaurant or other food business.

An ICE management instructor moderates each of the 90-minute discussions, which focus on the wisdom and candid experiences of the culinary entrepreneur. Whether you’re a student or already active in the food industry, this is your chance to get in-person advice from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. No matter your career goals, these experts’ wealth of knowledge is sure to leave you better equipped to manage or launch your own culinary ventures.

These lectures are free for current ICE students, $15 for alumni and $40 for the general public. 

Learn more about our upcoming speakers

Missy Robbins will speak at Institute of Culinary Education

November 5 - Missy Robbins

Join us on Nov. 5, as ICE alum and owner of Lilia, Missy Robbins speaks to students. Missy opened her first restaurant, Lilia, in January 2016 in Brooklyn’s North Williamsburg neighborhood. The restaurant has received critical and public acclaim, earning three stars from The New York Times and praise from numerous media outlets around the country. As a result, Chef Robbins was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: New York City in 2017 and was named a finalist in the category. In September 2017, Missy released her first cookbook, "Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life!: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen" with Carrie King and Rizzoli Publishing. In 2018, Missy was named the Best Chef: New York City by the James Beard Foundation. In the summer of 2018, Missy will open her second restaurant, Misi.

Marlene Poynder, general manager of Conrad New York

December 13 - Marlene Poynder

Join us on Dec. 13, when Marlene Poynder, general manager of Conrad New York, will speak to students. Marlene has 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality fields, including luxury hotel management in Australia, Asia and the U.S. In 2010, she joined Hilton as the pre-opening and opening general manager of Hilton Queenstown and Kawarau Hotel. From 2012 to 2013, she held roles in the Australasia corporate regional office and in Dalian, China, on behalf of Conrad Hotels & Resorts. In 2013, she became general manager of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, overseeing the hotel opening. Marlene also served as general manager of Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Haitang Bay Sanya, China, before taking on the general manager position at Waldorf Astoria Chicago and relocating to the United States. Prior to joining Hilton, Marlene held a variety of executive roles with Hyatt Hotels in Asia and Australia covering sales, marketing, and hotel and spa openings across the region. She holds many qualifications and certifications in selling skills and leadership, including Hilton's Excellence in Leadership.