Michael Eng was one of three students profiled in the Winter 2012 issue of The Main Course, ICE’s school newsletter. Michael came to ICE after a brief stint in finance so that he could explore his passion for the culinary arts and restaurants and to get the training needed to begin a new career he would be passionate about. Keep reading to get an inside look at one interesting member of the ICE student body.
Michael Eng graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2009 — not exactly the right time to launch a career in finance. He began working in restaurants while in high school, and continued doing so even after graduating and beginning a “real” job. His positive experience working at restaurants helped convince him to enroll in the career training programs at ICE. Eng learned basic Chinese cooking — including butchering a chicken with a cleaver and how to make dumplings — from his grandparents, but also got a healthy dose of Jacques Pépin, Julia Child and the Food Network’s programs growing up. He hopes to eventually open his own restaurant in New York. A frequent volunteer to culinary events around town, he is also an accomplished violin, piano and guitar player.
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