Last night, ICE hosted its annual Alumni Party. The drizzling rain didn’t stop over 225 alumni from celebrating their achievements. Guests traveled from far and wide and included alumni spanning ICE’s rich 35-year history, to remember where it all began and reunite with old classmates, friends and teachers.
Highlighting the evening was the induction of 27 alumni into ICE’s Alumni Hall of Achievement. This year saw the total number of inductees rise to 77. Among them are James Beard Award–winning chefs, respected caterers and famed food writers, as well as educators, sales managers and others finding success in the culinary world. The event showcased the diversity of career paths taken by ICE alumni. Graduates from our programs are also using their education to go many different places and the Hall includes representatives from as far away as Singapore, Dubai and Japan.
Nine of this year’s inductees came to the Alumni Party to be presented with their certificates by ICE President Rick Smilow. In attendance were notable inductees such as Amy Eubanks (Executive Chef, BLT Fish, NYC), Omri Green (Operations Manager, Hudson Yards Catering, NYC), Ellen Mirsky (Pastry Chef, Public Restaurant, emChocolatier, NYC), Christopher North (Executive Chef, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Rowayton, CT), Meadow Ramsey (Pastry Chef, Campanile, Los Angeles, CA) and Matthew Weingarten (Executive Chef, Inside Park at St. Barts, NYC). Chef Ramsey, who traveled across the country for the occasion, said, “It’s such a great group. I’m proud to see so many women up there.” The inductees also included Gail Simmons (Special Projects Manager, Food & Wine, Judge, Bravo’s Top Chef series, NYC), Juliette Pope (Beverage Director, Gramercy Tavern, NYC) and Edward Behr (Founder, The Art of Eating, Peacham, VT).
The party was more than a chance to celebrate our most notable graduates; it was also a chance for alumni to reconnect with their Chef Instructors, friends and ICE Staff. Guests quickly found their way into the 6th floor kitchen, mingling and tasting right over the very stoves by which they learned the ropes of the culinary world. The school couldn’t be prouder!
To see all of the inductees, check out the Alumni Hall of Achievement.
Top Photo (Left to Right): Matthew Weingarten (Executive Chef, Inside Park at St. Barts, NYC), Omri Green (Operations Manager, Hudson Yards Catering, NYC), Maureen Drum (ICE Director of Career Services), Edward Feron (NY Division, Sales Manager, Dairyland/Chef’s Warehouse, NYC), Tina Bourbeau (Senior Director of Research and Develop, Fresh Direct, NYC), Campanile, Los Angeles, CA), Christopher North (Executive Chef, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Ellen Mirsky (Pastry Chef, Public Restaurant, emChocolatier, NYC), Suzanne Barr (Senior Consumer Culinary Specialist, Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ), Amy Eubanks (Executive Chef, BLT Fish, NYC), Richard Simpson (ICE School Director) and Rick Smilow (ICE President & CEO).