Last night, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) awarded their annual culinary scholarships. Twenty-two scholarships worth a total of $47,000 were awarded to women who are pursuing careers in the food industry. Four ICE students were among the young culinary professionals recognized. Culinary Management student and DICED’s Life as a Culinary Management Student correspondent Christina Ha was awarded a scholarship for the management program (she also won a scholarship while in the Pastry & Baking Arts program last year). Pastry & Baking Arts student Malinda Haslett and Culinary Arts student Pamela Vachon, also took home $2,500 scholarships. ICE recreational Chef Instructor Renee Marton also made a donation awarding a new scholarship from LDNY.
Chef Renee also spoke about her participation in the mentorship program of LDNY. Each scholarship recipient is paired up with a LDNY member who acts as a mentor. ICE alum Cassie Berkowitz, who was mentored by Chef Renee spoke about the invaluable advice she received as she was starting out on her career. Les Dames d’Escoffier is a network of women who are working in a variety of food professions and the organization makes sure that every scholarship recipient is able to receive hands-on guidance and support as they start out in their new careers.
In addition to the scholarships from LDNY, ICE students have also received scholarships from other leading industry organizations this spring. Junita Bogananni won The Culinary Trust/ICE Scholarship for Pastry & Baking Arts. And our own Christina Ha also received a scholarship from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.
We are certain these four ICE students have the dedication and passion to find success in a culinary career. Congratulations to all ICE’s scholarship recipients!