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

Ed Brown of Restaurant Services

August 2 - Ed Brown

Join us on August 2, as President of Restaurant Services, Ed Brown speaks to students. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983, Ed cultivated a culinary prowess by working in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world. His passion and considerable talent have earned him wide acclaim including 14 stars from The New York Times. In 2008, Ed opened Eighty One on New York’s Upper West Side, which won a highly coveted Michelin star. In 2010, he returned to Restaurant Associates as the company’s chef/innovator and SVP, and in 2015 he returned to the US OPEN project where he is the driving force of ACES by Ed Brown. Most recently, Ed was promoted again to president of Restaurant Services. Ed is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show” and “CBS Morning News”, and was a 2010 competitor on “Iron Chef America”and judge on “Beat Bobby Flay.” He is also an author and contributor to several books.

Ben Flanner is CEO of Brooklyn Grange

September 10 - Ben Flanner

Join us on September 10, as Director of Agriculture, CEO and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange, Ben Flanner speaks to students. Based in New York City, Ben's eight-year-old pioneering business is the world’s largest soil-based rooftop farm. Brooklyn Grange produces and sells vegetables, herbs, hot sauce and honey on 2.5 acres of intensive green roofs. The company also hosts events, designs and installs farms in other locations, and consults on projects greening urban spaces around the world. Ben is widely recognized as a world leader in urban agriculture and a small business leader with an unwavering commitment to develop the industry through an exceptional green and community-minded business.