After walking in the Columbus Day Parade with the host of Brindiamo! Orenella Fado, four ICE students were invited to compete in her Brindiamo Scholarship Competition at Astor Center last week. A total of six culinary school students competed in the scholarship sponsored by Brindiamo! on NYC TV. The scholarship was also sponsored by Asti Consortium and the students were required to use Asti Spumante in their dishes. ICE students Luiz Jacob, Shawn Russell, Andre Robinson and Joao (John) Rodrigues all vied to win a two-week all expenses paid scholarship to study at the Italian Food Style Education Culinary Institute (IFSE) in Piedmont, Italy.
After each student prepared their dishes, the winners were announced. Andre Robinson and Shawn Russell both won the two-week scholarship to Italy. Luiz Jacob won first prize and the Director of IFSE was so impressed with him that he offered him a three-month scholarship to study at the school and then work in restaurants in Italy. Congratulations to Andre, Shawn and Luiz!