By Carly DeFilippo
October is always an exciting time for food events in New York City, and this year, ICE was at the forefront of all the biggest gatherings. From the NYC Wine & Food Festival to StarChefs International Chefs Congress to City Harvest’s annual Bid Against Hunger, our alumni, faculty and student volunteers were rubbing elbows with industry leaders and showing their ICE pride.
ICE’s chefs, students and alumni took the city by storm this season. Scroll down for more photos of the festivities the school participated in this fall.
At this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, not only did 55 student volunteers help headlining chefs serve thousands of festival attendees, but ICE’s own Director of Culinary Development James Briscione was among the featured presenters at the festival’s Grand Tasting event. With the help of three Culinary Arts students, Chef James wowed the crowd with his ancho chili lamb—and more than 2,500 cheddar biscuits.
James also led the charge at StarChefs annual industry conference—with ICE as the event’s official culinary school partner—serving as the opening day emcee for talks with such celebrated chefs as Dan Barber and George Mendes. Alumnus Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats led a “Whole Hog” workshop at the savory stage and wowed the crowds with his harissa smoked chicken, while fellow alumni Marita Lynn of Marita Lynn Catering (and the recently opened restaurant Runa in Red Bank, NJ) was on hand representing the cuisine of Peru. On the sweet side of things, ICE alumnus Tiffany MacIsaac, served the signature macarons, cookies and hand-dipped candy bars from her new D.C. bakery Buttercream Bakeshop. Five additional alumni—Angela Maris, Denise Latella, Dave Nagel, Emily Peterson and Hadar Aviram—worked behind the scenes as prep cooks for the conference’s culinary presenters. Finally, student volunteers were on hand to provide additional help to industry leaders and also enjoyed the opportunity to listen in on the conference’s innovative panels.
“Thank you for the amazing opportunity of working at this year’s StarChefs ICC. It was definitely a great experience and I was able to network with a lot of people who have been in this industry for many years!” – ICE alumnus, Angela Maris
Last but not least, at City Harvest’s annual Bid Against Hunger charity gala, ICE was proud to stand among the organization’s primary supporters. Moreover, we were thrilled to see such alumni as Marc Murphy (Benchmarc Restaurant Group), Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos), Matthew Riznyk (Great Performances), Kamal Rose (Tribeca Grill), Rick Mast (Mast Brothers) and Matt Hyland (Emily) donating their time and talents to the cause. Our current students also enjoyed the opportunity to network with these inspiring alumni and other successful chefs, all while helping raise $1.4 million for the charity.
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – James Briscione
ICE Director of Culinary Development Chef James Briscione was on hand at the 9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress to emcee the lectures on the Main Stage.
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – Dan Barber
Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns lectures on "The Future of Flavor: Looking Beyond Heirlooms."
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – George Mendes
Chef George Mendes of Aldea restaurant, presenting his lecture "Identity: Cooking with Culture and Heritage."
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – Loren Avellino and Lizzie Powell
ICE student volunteers Loren Avellino and Lizzie Powell paused for a picture while they volunteered during the event.
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – Ryan Farr
4505 Meats founder and ICE alum Chef Ryan Farr arrived from San Francisco to wow the crowd with his harissa-rubbed smoked chicken at EAT@ICC.
9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress – Marita Lynn
ICE alum Chef Marita Lynn, of Marita Lynn Catering and Runa Restaurant in NJ, served up traditional Peruvian dishes at the event.
New York City Wine & Food Festival – James Briscione and ICE Student Volunteers
Chef James Briscione with ICE student volunteers Tinsley Meloy, Yukari Koya and Bahara Brown at the 2014 NYC Wine & Food Festival.
New York City Wine & Food Festival – Ancho Chili Lamb and Cheddar Biscuits
Chef James served up ancho chili lamb along with over 2,500 cheddar biscuits at the event, with the aid of ICE culinary students.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Rick Smilow and Michael White
ICE President Rick Smilow joins Chef Michael White and two Altamarea Group ICE alums, AJ Amin and Anthony Jackson, at the 2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger benefit gala.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Maureen Drum Fagin and Anup Joshi
ICE Director of Career Services Maureen Drum Fagin tries out the Fabada—Asturian Fabes Beans with Autumn Vegetables and Serrano Ham—by ICE alum Anup Joshi, of El Colmado.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – The Mast Brothers and Maureen Drum Fagin
Michael Mast and ICE alum Rick Mast—The Mast Brothers—caught up with ICE Director of Career Services Maureen Drum Fagin.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – The Mast Brothers' Chocolate Brew
The Mast Brothers brought along their chocolate "brew," treating guests to the pourover-style drink made with house-roasted cacao beans.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – ICE Student Volunteers Yukari Koya and Tinsley Meloy
ICE students Yukari Koya and Tinsley Meloy have been rockstars this season, volunteering every chance they get. Here: a rare moment when they weren't hard at work!
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Maureen Drum Fagin and Marc Murphy
ICE Director of Career Services Maureen Drum Fagin pauses to chat with ICE alum Chef Marc Murphy.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Kamal Rose
Tribeca Grill Executive Chef and ICE alum Kamal Rose brought his Chipotle-Rubbed St. Louis Ribs with Heath Slaw to the hungry crowd.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Ivy Stark
ICE alum Chef Ivy Stark—Executive Chef of Dos Caminos—served up Roasted Pumpkin Empanadas with Canela Crema and Salted Pepitas.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Rick Smilow, Ariane Daguin and Marc Forgione
ICE President Rick Smilow catches up with D'Artagnan owner and founder Ariane Daguin, and Iron Chef Marc Forgione, of Restaurant Marc Forgione.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Matthew Riznyk
Alum Matthew Riznyk is executive chef at renowned catering company, Great Performances.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Rick Smilow and Matthew Hyland
ICE President Rick Smilow greets alum Matthew Hyland, chef/owner of Brooklyn pizza restaurant Emily, at the event.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Emily and Matthew Hyland
Chef Matthew and Emily Hyland's pizza restaurant, Emily, was recently recognized by Saveur Magazine as a prime example of why Brooklyn is a premier global culinary destination.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Auctioneer Nicholas D. Lowry
Nicholas D. Lowry, President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries in NYC, delighted the crowd as he oversaw the night's main event.
2014 City Harvest Bid Against Hunger Benefit Gala – Auctioneer Nicholas D. Lowry and chef Marc Murphy
ICE alum Chef Marc Murphy donated a 4-course dinner for up to 20 guests at his restaurant, Landmarc. In total, over 1.4 million dollars was raised for the charity.
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