Corporate Chef, Parker Restaurant Group, Chicago, IL
Culinary Arts, 1995
Ivy Stark attended UCLA where she took a BA in history before heading to New York to attend ICE's culinary arts program. She graduated in 1995 and traveled back the West Coast to intern at the celebrated Border Grill under Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Stark bounced back and forth between coasts for the next few years, working at Sign of the Dove, Cena, and Ciudad, before becoming Ralph Lauren’s private chef. Realizing that Latin cuisine was her passion, she took an executive chef position at Zócalo. She then moved to Dos Caminos, but was hired away two years later by Rosa Mexicana, where she directed back-of-the-house operations. Stark briefly went back at Dos Caminos, as Corporate Executive Chef, and she is now Corporate Chef for Parker Restaurant Group in Chicago. Looking back at her time at ICE, she says, “I needed a strong foundation in classic technique taught in a relatively short time, that I could take to any restaurant and build my skills on and that's exactly what I got at ICE. I hire many ICE alums straight out of school and they are well prepared to get started in the kitchen and move quickly up the ranks.” When asked about her culinary voice, she adds, “ICE helped by teaching me the basics so I could build my cuisine on a correct foundation of technique.”
To get a recipe for Ivy's fresh take on tacos, click here.
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