ICE President Rick Smilow cuts the grand opening ribbon with the ICE Management team and Chef Daniel Boulud

2015 Grand Opening

In May 2015, ICE relocated from our longtime home in the Flatiron district to 225 Liberty Street in Brookfield Place. Our lower Manhattan location extends across 74,000 square feet, with Hudson River views to the west and World Trade Center views to the east.

For the staff and students of ICE, 2015 marked many causes for celebration:

  • The school’s 40th anniversary (founded in 1975 by Peter Kump)
  • Rick Smilow’s 20th anniversary as the school’s President and CTO (Chief Tasting Officer)
  • The distinction of being named the 2015 “Culinary School of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)

For all these reasons, in November of 2015, we opened our doors to alumni and influential culinary leaders for a grand opening and anniversary party. Many of the prestigious guests — Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent, Marc Murphy, Sara Moulton, Daniel Boulud and Gail Simmons, to name a few — have been part of our growth and that of the larger NYC culinary community. So in a sense, the party celebrated more than ICE’s milestones — it honored all those members of the food and hospitality industries who collectively continue to make New York City America’s culinary capital. Check out the video recap of the night’s festivities: