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Culinary Leaders Praise ICE

ICE is proud of its reputation throughout the industry and among our alumni’s employers. Chefs and culinary leaders in New York and nationwide trust ICE graduates as key players in their kitchens and management teams. Likewise, ICE’s VIP alumni are eager to praise ICE as a major component to starting their success stories.

Top Chef host and restaurateur Tom Colicchio praises students and graduates of the Institute of Culinary Education."I’ve been working with ICE students in New York for years and they are consistently among the best young chefs in my restaurants. I’m very much looking forward to having an institution like ICE produce the same level of talent for my LA and Las Vegas restaurants, and to what their next generation of culinary leaders will do for the west coast food scene." CHEF TOM COLICCHIOCelebrated chef/restaurateur and host of the hit television series "Top Chef." Co-founder and former co-owner/executive chef of Gramercy Tavern in New York City. Founder of Crafted Hospitality. Recipient of five James Beard Awards.

Chef Wolfgang Puck praises the Institute of Culinary Education and its expansion to Los Angeles. "I was thrilled to learn that the Institute of Culinary Education is expanding and opening its second location in Los Angeles. L.A. is a hub of culinary innovation, and having a culinary school of ICE’s caliber in this market will only enhance the city’s standing as a major culinary center in the U.S." CHEF WOLFGANG PUCKChef/Restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck Companies. Owns and operates 37 restaurants, of which 27 are fine dining, including Spago and Cut. Caterer for the Oscars for 23 years. Two-time winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year. Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Restaurant of the Year. Wolfgang is the only chef to have won the Outstanding Chef of the Year Award multiple times.

Danny Meyer Praises "It's amazing to see what kind of important contributions ICE alumni have made to our restaurants - from fine dining to casual. When an applicant comes to us from ICE, we know they've been schooled in both the technical and hospitality skills so crucial to succeed in this business." Danny MeyerAward-winning NYC restaurateur, Union Square Hospitality Group. Operates over 20 restaurants including NYC stars Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and Blue Smoke. Past winner, James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit's "Restaurateur of the Year." USHG restaurants have collectively won over 10 individual James Beard Awards and several have been voted"NYC's Most Popular Restaurant" by Zagat.

Chef Daniel Boulud Praises "The Institute of Culinary Education has proven to be an excellent resource for us for many years. With its world class programs and curriculum, I know I will continue to rely on ICE to recruit skilled, ambitious young professionals." CHEF daniel bouludChef/Restaurateur/Author, The Dinex Group,Operates over 12 restaurants in the U.S., England, China, and Canada. Past winner, James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, as well as Outstanding Restaurant and Best Chef: New York City. Flagship restaurant, Daniel, named a "top ten in the world" by the International Herald Tribune and the chef has received a Légion d'honneur from the President of France.

Chef JEAN GEORGES VONGERICHTEN Praises "ICE instills in its alumni the highest standards and discipline, which is always shown through their work. At Jean-Georges and other restaurants, we look forward to seeing ICE on an applicant's resume and are always impressed by their determination, imagination and devotion to the culinary arts." JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTENChef/Restaurateur/Author, Jean-Georges Restaurants. Operates over 15 restaurants around the world, including the flagship, Jean-Georges, awarded 3 Michelin stars. Past winner, James Beard Foundation "Chef of the Year", "Best Restaurant", and "Best New Restaurant".

Chef Mark Murphy Praises "ICE helped lay the foundations of my education as a chef. It was there that I learned the basics, and those lessons have stayed with me throughout my entire career, from Paris to Monte Carlo to New York City. Chef Marc MURPHYChef/Restaurateur/TV Personality, Executive chef and owner Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy, Including Landmarc and Ditch Plains restaurants; Owner of Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy; judge on Food Network's "Chopped" and regular contributor to Food Network programming, including "Iron Chef America" and "The Best Thing I Ever Ate"; frequent guest on "The Rachel Ray Show" and "The Today Show".

Chef Michael Anthony Praises "The talented chef-instructors at ICE clearly teach students skills that prepare them for the reality of working at the highest level in the restaurant industry. We rely on ICE as an integral partner in recruiting well-trained new staff, full of potential!" CHEF michael anthonyExecutive Chef/Partner, Gramercy Tavern, 2102 James Beard Foundation winner for "Best Chef: New York City". Formerly Executive Chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Gramercy Tavern has been the #1 or #2 Most Popular Restaurant in NYC Zagat Guide from 2009 to 2013.

Chef Maxime Bilet Praises "My experience at ICE was shaped by the tremendous quality of the ICE structors and the wisdom, experience, and passion they bestowed on their students. Chefs Einav Gefen and Ted Siegel remain mentors to this day. I believe ICE is a dynamic and forward thinking hub of culinary education." Chef maxime biletHead Chef/Inventor The Cooking Lab. Co-author of "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking," James Beard Foundation 2012 Cookbook of the Year. Named to 2012 Forbes "30 Under 30" list. Former positions include chef at award-winning Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar in New York City and as Development Chef at The Fat Duck, outside London. ICE graduate '05.

DREW NIEPORENT Praises "The graduates and externs we have hired over the years from the Institute of Culinary Education have always come to us informed, eager to work and well-trained." DREW NIEPORENTOver 20 years, has opened over 30 restaurants around the world including Nobu, Corton, Montrachet and Tribeca Grill. Past winner, James Beard Foundation Restaurateur of the Year and inductee in Nation's Restaurant News Hall of Fame.

Chef Ivy Stark Praises "I chose ICE as a postgraduate education. I wanted to be a chef but didn't need to pursue another degree - I wanted to work! 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." Chef ivy starkExecutive Chef, Dos Caminos. Colorado native and UCLA history major, now recognized as one of New York City's top female executive chefs. Author of "Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food". ICE graduate '95.

Chef MICHAEL LAISKONIS Praises "After a successful 20 years in some amazing kitchens, I'd earned a lot of opportunities - and I chose to join the team at ICE. I have always admired ICE, and education is the perfect opportunity for me to give back, to inspire the next generation of chefs to enjoy and excel in a career in culinary or pastry arts." MICHAEL LAISKONISICE Creative Director; Former Executive Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin; Past James Beard Foundation "Best Pastry Chef in America" Winner.

The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development praises ICE's expansion to Los Angeles. "California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts. ICE’s new LA campus will ensure future generations of top chefs are pushing the boundaries of our state’s long-established variety of cuisines and locally sourced ingredients, which gives us that added advantage as a global destination for adventure seekers, business travelers and entrepreneurs, alike." Panorea AvdisDirector, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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