ICE offers a one-of-a-kind year-round series of lectures called Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs, during which a wide range of successful culinary business leaders and luminaries share their expertise with students and guests. On Tuesday, Principal of AvroKO Hospitality Group, Dan Rafalin came to speak about his experience opening two of New York City’s most successful restaurants, Public and Double Crown.

Rafalin knew from the time he was five or six years old that he wanted to be in the restaurant business, saying, “I loved everything about it. The place settings, the food, the interactions with the waiters. I just took it all in.” After culinary school, Rafalin went on to complete a master’s degree in food management at NYU. He worked as a financial and business analyst for the Clark Wolf Company, a restaurant consulting firm. He said, “It was great. I learned a lot about opening all kinds of restaurants. And the whole time I was just playing with other people’s money.” More…