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 businesses.

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 general public. 

Learn more about our upcoming speakers

Sam Lipp portrait taken by Noah Fecks

May 7 – Sam Lipp

Join us on May 7th as Sam Lipp, Director of Operations of Make it Nice, speaks to MTCE students. Make it Nice, the restaurant group led by acclaimed chef Daniel Humm, includes such restaurants as Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and Made Nice. Sam will share the ins-and-outs of his role at Make it Nice, as well as more on his path to one of the most important restaurant groups in New York City. 

Allen Katz of New York Distilling

June 14 - Allen Katz

Join us on June 14th as Alan Katz, co-founder of New York Distilling Company, speaks to MTCE students. Allen is one of the nation’s leading experts on distilled spirits and cocktails. He is the Director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and is at the forefront of industry training in New York and around the country. He is renowned for his public and professional seminars on topics of America’s food and cocktail heritage and was previously the host of The
Cocktail Hour for Martha Stewart on SiriusXM. 

Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar

June 28 - Christina Tosi

Join us on June 28th, as Christina Tosi, founder of Momofuku Milk Bar speaks to MTCE students. 

is an American chef, author, and television personality. She is the chef, founder, and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the Momofuku restaurant group. Milk Bar consists of a central bakery that produces baked goods daily for retail outlets in New York City, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Toronto, Canada, as well as providing baked goods for other restaurants in the Momofuku group and individuals by shipping nationally and internationally. Tosi is also a cookbook author and teacher. She joined the judging panel of MasterChef on Fox and MasterChef Junior.