With warm temperatures and sunshine beaming through the windows after a week of gloom and rain, one would anticipate the requisite feelings of energy and anticipation known as spring fever to be afoot in the halls of The International Culinary Center. But with the school opening its doors to more than 40 employers for our semi-annual career fair the sense of excitement in the air was almost electric. Students appeared in their best attire (professional dress or chef whites) to share their résumés, make some contacts, and scope out future employment options.
The fair was held on all four floors of the school this year, and a wide range of employers participated. Restaurant groups to small chef-owned restaurants; management, culinary, pastry, and editorial positions—there was something for just about everyone. Students still at the beginning of their program came for recon, while those closer to graduation looked for externships and postexterns looked for jobs.
Career Services did a fantastic job of organizing the event. Employers reported excitement about the quality of the students, and students were excited about the quality of the employers. All in all, the future, like the weather, was looking bright, and it was time to bring out the shades.
Above, from left: Tara Grey, private dining coordinator, and Dana Kovalsky, pastry chef, Alto; Cristina Garcia, chef (and FCI alum), The Farm School. Left: Jimmy Lappalainen, executive chef, Riingo.
Catering & Events:
Abigail Kirsch Catering & Events
Indiana Market & Catering
The Pantry Lab
Restaurants & Restaurant Groups:
Blue Hill & Blue Hill at Stone Barns
B.R. Guest Restaurants
The Dinex Group of Chef Daniel Boulud
Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue
Hillstone Restaurant Group
The Hurricane Club
MARC Restaurant Group
Park Avenue Winter
Patina Restaurant Group
Standard Hotel and Sunset Beach
Sullivan Street Bakery and Company restaurant
Union Square Hospitality Group
W New York, Downtown/BLT Bar and Grill
The Water Club
Dean & Deluca Commissary
The Farm School
The James Beard Foundation
Seeds in the Middle