Find your cullinary voice

Marc Meisel

Marc Meisel is an alumnus of the Institute of Culinary Education.Regional Restaurant Manager, Bloomingdale’s, New York City, NY
Culinary Arts, 1997

In the early 1990s, Marc Meisel was a drummer for the group Mama Kettle, which opened for rock icons like Bad Company, Ted Nugent, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. When his band broke up, the Brandeis graduate decided to enroll in ICE’s Culinary Arts program. While in school he spent a few months working as a management extern at March, and then worked at Larry Forgione’s An American Place as a line cook. The restaurant suited Meisel because of his attraction to fine American cuisine, he says. Barely a year after graduating from ICE, Marc Meisel opened Tossed, which transformed New Yorkers’ lunch by way of tossed salads. Now he is heading up the restaurants at Bloomingdale’s flagship 59th street store, including a fine-dining restaurant, two casual restaurants, and a quick service option. His advice to students is “Work as much as possible while in school. Offer your services for free just to get into great kitchens.” He says that ICE helped him find his culinary voice, “By exposing me to all sorts of cuisines. I loved the way everyone in the school loved to talk about food.”