Scholarship winners Shawn Russell, Luiz Jacob and Andre Robinson

After walking in the Columbus Day Parade with the host of Brindiamo! Orenella Fado, four ICE students were invited to compete in her Brindiamo Scholarship Competition at Astor Center last week. A total of six culinary school students competed in the scholarship sponsored by Brindiamo! on NYC TV. The scholarship was also sponsored by Asti Consortium and the students were required to use Asti Spumante in their dishes. ICE students Luiz Jacob, Shawn Russell, Andre Robinson and Joao (John) Rodrigues all vied to win a two-week all expenses paid scholarship to study at the Italian Food Style Education Culinary Institute (IFSE) in Piedmont, Italy.

After each student prepared their dishes, the winners were announced. Andre Robinson and Shawn Russell both won the two-week scholarship to Italy. Luiz Jacob won first prize and the Director of IFSE was so impressed with him that he offered him a three-month scholarship to study at the school and then work in restaurants in Italy. Congratulations to Andre, Shawn and Luiz!

ICE students and chefs marched in yesterday’s Columbus Day Parade here in New York City. Every year, the parade celebrates Italian-American heritage and people from across New York City come to watch and participate in the parade down Fifth Avenue. This year, ICE students and Director of Student Affairs Chef Andy Gold were invited to participate by Ornella Fado, the host of Brindiamo! on NYC TV, a show highlighting Italian restaurants in NYC. The weather was unseasonably warm and the atmosphere joyous, as the students and chefs happily walked from 72nd St. to 47th St. It was an opportunity to celebrate, Italy, New York and the wonderful cuisine of both.

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