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

Michael Stillman

January 24 - Michael Stillman

Join us on Jan. 24, when Michael Stillman, president and founder of Quality Branded, will speak to students. Michael grew up in the restaurant industry watching his family’s restaurant business. He worked for Union Square Hospitality Group and The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and gained experience in kitchens and purchasing departments before participating in staff recruitment and training, menu development and operations for Smith & Wollensky openings in Houston, Dallas and Boston.

Michael channeled his creative vision and business sense into the concept creation of Quality Meats, which opened in New York City in 2006 and Miami Beach in 2015. He led the execution of every aspect of the new restaurant, from recruiting acclaimed design firm AvroKO and talented young chef Craig Koketsu, to negotiating lease terms and working with contractors to keep the job on budget and schedule. After closing the sale of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and founding Quality Branded in 2007, Michael created a succession of restaurants that achieved critical and popular acclaim: Park Avenue Summer (Autumn, Winter, Spring), Quality Italian, Quality Meats Miami Beach and Quality Eats. Michael will share his advice for the smart, effective expansion of a restaurant brand.