On Sunday, November 18, ICE hosted the James Beard Foundation’s annual Chefs’ Night Out — a prelude to the JBF Awards ceremony in Chicago and a chance for chefs, nominees and presenters to mix and mingle while sampling delicious, inventive food and drink. With the James Beard Foundation also celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year’s Chefs’ Night Out was particularly festive. “ICE and the James Beard Foundation have always had a special bond and shared history,” said ICE President Rick Smilow. “The predecessor to ICE was Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, which was founded by Peter Kump in 1975. Kump, along with Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, was the founder of the James Beard Foundation and served as its first President.”

Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation, and Rick Smilow, President of ICE (Photo by Jeffrey Gurwin)

Armed with personal-sized champagne bottles, more than 600 guests tasted their way through ICE’s classroom kitchens, chocolate lab and hydroponic garden. Many of the guests were visiting ICE for the first time. “It’s great fun and rewarding for me to hear all night how impressed guests are with the facility’s look, feel and size,” said Smilow. The tasty offerings were prepared by ICE’s very own chef-instructors, including James Beard Award winners Michael Laiskonis and David Waltuck, as well as Jeff Yoskowitz, Emily Peterson, Philip Hering, Frank Proto, James Briscione, Michael Garrett, Robert Ramsey and Sabrina Sexton, with the help of ICE student volunteers.

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Chefs’ Night Out at ICE (Photo by Jeffrey Gurwin)

ICE instructors, staff and student volunteers

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ICE student volunteers

Chef Michael Garrett

ICE Chef Michael Garrett

ICE Chef Sabrina Sexton

ICE Chef Sabrina Sexton

ICE Chef Robert Ramsey

ICE Chef Robert Ramsey

“In my position, I’ve watched the James Beard Foundation evolve over the last 20 years, and that evolution is very impressive, serving both the public and the chef community,” said Smilow. “Their activity includes the James Beard Foundation Awards, a year-round schedule of dinners at the Beard House in New York City and around the nation, and education and advocacy for America’s community of chefs.” ICE was thrilled to be part of the celebration for one of the nation’s most inspiring culinary foundations.

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation created 30 Years in 30 Days, an exclusive 30-episode digital series featuring noteworthy chefs and culinary icons, including ICE President Rick Smilow, who helped tell the story of the Foundation’s history. Click above to watch Rick’s episode.

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After 42 years in New York City, ICE is opening a second location in Los Angeles — an urban oasis for food and restaurant lovers and without a doubt one of the most exciting food cities in America. Having taken over the facility previously occupied by Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, we’re currently reimagining the space as a center for learning, innovation and creativity, staying true to the vision embodied by our New York flagship. With ribbon cutting scheduled for early 2018, both the ICE and food community couldn’t be more thrilled.

“Los Angeles is an ideal next step for ICE, as it has the confluence of food culture, diversity, job opportunities and a nationally recognized, vibrant culinary community that ICE can support and grow just as we have in New York City,” said Rick Smilow, ICE’s president and CEO. “ICE will provide a new option for ambitious and creative students who want to start or change careers, advance in the culinary and hospitality industries or are cost- and time-conscious in their approach to education.”

Industry leaders are excited to welcome ICE to the west coast. “I’ve been working with ICE students in New York for years and they are consistently among the best young chefs in my restaurants,” said Tom Colicchio, celebrated chef/restaurateur and host of the hit television series Top Chef. “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.”

“I was thrilled to learn that the Institute of Culinary Education is expanding and opening its second location in Los Angeles,” said prolific chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. “LA 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 United States.”

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Local officials and community leaders have been generous with their support as well. “California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “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.”

The school will offer the same sense of community, creativity and campus life as our NYC location. ICE Los Angeles will feature career-training programs in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management. The Hospitality Management program will be added later in the year. Once career program classes are up and running, ICE is considering options to add specialized amenities and features such as a chocolate lab, culinary technology lab and an extension of its “farm to classroom” program, and later on, recreational classes and special culinary events.

“At ICE, our mission is to enable the creative light within each individual, empowering them to find rewarding careers in the culinary and hospitality industries,” said Smilow. “We’ve helped more than 14,000 alumni find their culinary and hospitality voices, and are thrilled to be able to bring that mission to the west coast and Los Angeles area.”

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It’s official: ELF the Musical is returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden. What better way to commemorate this huge announcement than a huge Elf-themed confection? That’s why ICE’s expert pastry chefs joined forces and spent over 500 hours crafting a 10-foot tall replica of Buddy the Elf, made of delicious Rice Krispies Treats®. The colossal confection was unveiled on Wednesday, October 25 at the Garden, and the result was outstanding — fitting for a larger-than-life, sweet-treat loving elf like Buddy.

Like the musical’s principal character Buddy, who embarks on a heroic journey in search of his family, ICE pastry chefs Elisa Strauss and Penny Stankiewicz set out on their own courageous quest to construct NYC’s largest Rice Krispies Treats® sculpture. It took several weeks, 70 pounds of chocolate, 50 pounds of fondant, 15 pounds of edible glitter and 300 pounds of Rice Krispies Treats®, but, with the help of 9 ICE pastry and cake decorating students, the chefs pulled it off.

ELF the Musical and ICE jointly donated the sweet sculpture to the NYC Department of Homeless Services, a partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works with the Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.

ELF will run for a limited engagement from December 13-29, 2017 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are on sale now! 

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Chef Kathryn Gordon, chef instructor in ICE’s Pastry & Baking Arts program, has been named one of Dessert Professional Magazine’s 2017 Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America and inducted into their prestigious Hall of Fame. We’re ecstatic, we’re proud and we’re breaking out the bubbly — and serving it with Chef Kathryn’s elegant and celebratory pomelo and cantaloupe calissons. For those of you who haven’t heard of calissons, they’re a traditional almond candy that can be found in sweets shops throughout Provence, France. Chef Kathryn adds her personal, summery touch by sprucing them up with pomelo confit, candied cantaloupe and marbleized orange blossom glaze. And, of course, served alongside a chilled flute of champagne with a couple spoons of fresh, bright cantaloupe granita.

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Chef Kathryn’s Celebratory Summer Cocktail

Pomelo and Cantaloupe Calissons
Yield: Makes 40 (1-inch dome) calissons

Ingredients:

1900 grams blanched almond flour
100 grams powdered sugar
1 gram fine sea salt
60 grams pomelo confit (recipe below), drained well
60 grams candied cantaloupe (recipe below), drained well

Preparation:

  • Place the almond flour, powdered sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 30 times, stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl every five pulses to ensure ingredients are mixing smoothly.
  • Add ¼ of the pomelo confit and pulse. When a dough starts to form, hand knead in the remaining pomelo confit and candied cantaloupe. Press mixture into 1” flexipan molds. Let air dry for two days. Unmold and place on a glazing rack.
  • Glaze with orange blossom glaze and air dry.

Pomelo Confit

Ingredients:

Peel of 1 pomelo and cold water to cover
Pinch of salt
200 grams granulated sugar
150 grams water
25 grams glucose syrup

Preparation:

  • Cut the pomelo peel (with pith) into ¼-inch dice. Place the peels in a small non-reactive saucepan (stainless steel or tin). Add salt and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and blanch for five minutes. Pour the mixture through a chinois and rinse in cold water. Repeat the blanching process four more times, without adding additional salt.
  • Stir together sugar and 150 grams water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the mixture is boiling, add glucose syrup and blanched pomelo peels. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Chill and reserve syrup for cocktail.

Candied Cantaloupe

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200 grams granulated sugar
50 grams orange juice, freshly squeezed
Flesh of 1 medium orange-fleshed cantaloupe (about 1200 grams), cut into ½-inch dice

Preparation:

  • Stir together sugar and orange juice in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add diced cantaloupe. Turn off heat and let cool for one hour. Reserve syrup and extra fruit for granita.

Marbleized Orange Blossom Glaze

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20 grams orange blossom water
15 grams water
200 grams powdered sugar
Pink, egg yellow and orange gel food coloring

Preparation:

  • Stir orange blossom water and water into powdered sugar. Divide into three bowls, and stir in pink, egg yellow and orange colors, respectively. Place each color in a disposable pastry piping bag. Cut a small hole in each and place those three pastry bags in a fourth pastry bag. Cut a hole at the bottom, straight across. Squeeze out the glaze, and swirl over the calissons on the glazing rack. Let set one hour before removing with a small offset spatula.

Canteloupe Granita

Ingredients:

Reserved syrup and fruit from candied canteloupe

Preparation:

  • Puree in food processor. Place in shallow pan in freezer. Break up crystals around pan perimeter every half an hour until frozen and slushy. Keep frozen until time to serve cocktails.

Celebratory Summer Cocktail

Preparation:

  • Fill chilled champagne glasses to one-third with reserved pomelo syrup. Spoon in cantaloupe granite until halfway filled. Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Serve with pomelo and grapefruit calisson.

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Make sure your champagne (or seasonal cider) is on ice because we’ve got some celebrating to do: The Institute of Culinary Education has been named “The Best Culinary School in America” by The Daily Meal, a leading food and lifestyle website — and was awarded the same title by The Best Schools and EDinformatics. Add to this being named as one of America’s top culinary schools by FSR Magazine, and it goes without saying, it’s been an exciting year for the ICE community.

ICE is the Best

We asked Rachael Pack, cook editor of The Daily Meal, how ICE was chosen as the best culinary school in America. Having gone to culinary school herself, Rachael had been through the process of exhaustively researching culinary schools and was aware of the factors that prospective students weigh. As she explained, “I used the factors that were important to me as a student coming out of college: the reputation of the school, location, quality of facilities, length of study…and finally, cost.”

Though the competition was fierce, ICE was ultimately chosen for the top ranking. “The top three schools were very close; they are also schools that have been at the top for a long time. For the final tweaks in the list, I fell back on my industry experience and perception of the schools now that I have passed that phase in my life.” Rachael continued, “In the past years I have, of course, made many friends in the industry with different educational backgrounds, so the conversations and interaction with real grads, recent and otherwise, also played a huge role.”

These latest recognitions haven’t been without dedicated work and innovative thinking. The ICE team has grown to include industry-leading chefs such as Michael Laiskonis and David Waltuck. Our new student housing program has opened the door for aspiring culinary and hospitality professionals from around the country to pursue their passions in New York City. ICE’s new Brookfield Place location boasts over 74,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, including an indoor hydroponic herb garden and the nation’s first education-focused bean-to-bar Chocolate Lab. ICE is honored to receive all of its recent accolades. Still, at end of the day, ICE is most concerned with continuing its mission to help you find your culinary voice.

Watch the video of a day in the life of a culinary student at ICE

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