— Culinary Icon Jacques Pépin and Chef Antonia Lofaso will inspire the next generation of chefs —

NEW YORK, May possibly 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Institute of Culinary Schooling (ICE) will celebrate the achievements of the 2021-2022 graduating class at commencement ceremonies at its New York Metropolis and Los Angeles campuses in the coming weeks. This new generation of chefs, a file quantity of graduates for ICE, has accomplished at minimum 1 of ICE’s diploma packages, such as Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Health and fitness-Supportive Culinary Arts, Cafe & Culinary Management and Hospitality & Lodge Administration. Honorary speakers contain Jacques Pépin and alumni cooks Mary Attea and Shenarri Freeman at the New York Metropolis ceremony, and movie star chef Antonia Lofaso and graduate Michael Kerner at the Los Angeles graduation.

“Following web hosting a digital graduation last 12 months, we are thrilled to have pupils celebrate in particular person with family, buddies and classmates and have the prospect to be encouraged by legendary chefs and alumni who have presently created their mark,” explained ICE CEO Rick Smilow. “We know the field is continuing to tackle difficulties from the earlier two a long time, and I am thrilled to see how our graduates navigate, impression and encourage the long run of the restaurant and hospitality field.”

Talking at the New York City commencement ceremony is Jacques Pépin, a culinary icon who has motivated many facets of the food stuff market from dining establishments, to meals media, culinary texts and schooling. Pépin was born in France and moved to America in 1959 to operate at the unique Le Pavillon, a famous French cafe in New York at the time. In these early many years, his friendship with New York Times food items editor Craig Claiborne led to friendships and collaborations with restaurateur Joe Baum, Pierre Franey and Julia Little one. In the mid 1970s, Pépin reinvented himself as an educator, writer and inevitably, a tv identity. In complete he has created 29 guides such as his seminal text, “La Strategy,” and received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards. As a near friend of Julia Boy or girl, he starred with her in the award-profitable PBS sequence “Julia and Jacques Cooking at House”. In the culinary faculty arena, Pépin was a single of the founding deans of the French Culinary Institute (FCI) in 1982 and has also taught at Boston University. (FCI merged into ICE in 2020.)  In addition to James Beard and Emmy awards, Pépin has received 3 honors from the French government which includes the Légion d’ honneur.

In addition to Pépin, the New York Metropolis ceremony will function two alumni speakers: Mary Attea, government chef of The Musket Space and 2011 Culinary Arts graduate, who was identified by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Very best Chef: New York Point out in 2022 and Shenarri Freeman, govt chef of Cadence and 2021 Wellness-Supportive Culinary Arts graduate, who gained acclaim for her vegan soul foods restaurant and was recognized by the James Beard Basis as an Emerging Chef in 2022.

At the Los Angeles ceremony, graduates will listen to from Antonia Lofaso. Lofaso owns and operates five really-revered properties in Los Angeles together with DAMA, Black Market, The Nearby Peasant, The Chestnut Club and Scopa. She has appeared as a host, decide or contestant on numerous cooking reveals which include Best Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen, Cafe Startup, Guy’s Grocery Games, Selena + Chef, Restaurant Hustle 2020 (and 2021) and Chance of a Lifetime.

Michael Kerner, the west coastline graduate speaker, finished each the Culinary Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Administration courses for a dual diploma this calendar year. He is a sous-chef at Kevin Meehan’s Michelin-starred Kali Cafe.

The New York campus graduation will get location in two ceremonies at NYU Skirball Center on Might 10 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., adopted by the Los Angeles campus graduation at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium on June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

About the Institute of Culinary Training

The Institute of Culinary Training (ICE) is a single of the biggest and most assorted culinary educational facilities in the earth with campuses in New York and Los Angeles. Established in 1975, ICE features award-profitable 6 to 14-thirty day period career schooling applications in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Wellbeing-Supportive Culinary Arts, Restaurant & Culinary Management, and Hospitality & Hotel Administration, in addition to expert progress in Artisan Bread Baking, The Artwork of Cake Decorating and Intensive Sommelier Coaching — with much more than 15,000 alumni, quite a few of whom are leaders in the industry. ICE also provides continuing training for culinary gurus, hosts 400 specific occasions each 12 months and is dwelling to a single of the environments premier leisure cooking, baking and beverage packages with 26,000 pupils per year. ICEs 74,000-square-foot, cutting-edge campus in New York Metropolis and its 38,000-sq.-foot Los Angeles campus had been developed for inspiration, creativeness and community. ICE proceeds to increase and evolve with the launch of its LA campus in 2018, the addition of the Well being Supportive Culinary Arts program in 2019, an agreement with the Worldwide Culinary Heart in 2020, the introduction of sommelier schooling and affiliate levels in 2021 and the introduction of an On the web Culinary Arts application in 2022. Pay a visit to us at or be part of us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube at @iceculinary to obtain your culinary voice™.

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