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Meet the ICE Admissions Staff

Your ICE Admissions representative is your first introduction to the ICE community, and one of your greatest assets in planning your future in culinary arts. 

Whether you're planning your new career or first career, you'll be matched with the ICE Admissions representative that best understands your background and needs. They're your advisor and guide, helping you determine which path is best for your aspirations and the steps to take to get there.

Our Admissions Team

Orlando Mangual

Orlando Mangual

Director of Admissions

Orlando brings over 30 years of experience to ICE working in higher education, specifically focusing in Admissions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in communications, marketing and economics. Orlando has held many positions ranging from Director of Admissions to Regional Director. He specifically enjoys not only working with individuals to make them to think outside of their comfort zone but working with teams that work together to help make them successful. In his spare time, he enjoys going to his lake house in Pennsylvania, riding jet skis, golfing and spending time with his daughter. 

Fred Cesarano is the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the Institute of Culinary Education

Fred Cesarano

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Fred has been working at ICE for over 14 years. Even before that, he has been an integral member of admissions teams for various schools. Originally, Fred trained to be an aircraft technician and worked as a sample cutter for a menswear company. His experience in fashion led him to the admissions team for a private fashion design school in New York City. Today, Fred is glad that his career led him to the culinary world, where he can explore his culinary voice. He says, “With my Italian background, I would say family is a big part of my culinary voice. Food tastes so much better when it's prepared and enjoyed as a family.” When working with students, Fred helps them get started in exploring their culinary voice by talking about how food is the great common ground that brings us together — “I help them realize that food will help build bridges here at home and across the rest of the world.”

Jock Grundy is an Associate Director of Admissions at the Institute of Culinary Education

Jock Grundy

Associate Director of Admissions

The culinary world is in Jock Grundy’s blood. His father was the comptroller at the legendary Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Street in the Garden District of New Orleans, where Jock would watch the Mardi Gras parades roll by. In 1982, Jock landed his first bartending gig at The Sheraton on Canal Street in The French Quarter. Following his musical ambitions, he moved to San Francisco and landed a job at the Marriott on Columbus and Bay in Fisherman’s Wharf. Soon after, New York City was calling Jock's name and he’s been here ever since — eating his way through every neighborhood. Jock has been working in culinary education for more than 15 years, helping students realize their culinary dreams. “My wife has worked in the industry as a copy chief for a food magazine – we are a food power couple!"

Ron Toomer is an Associate Director of Admissions at the Institute of Culinary Education

Ron Toomer

Associate Director of Admissions

Ron is a graduate of Pratt Institute with sales and creative recruitment experience and worked at Everest Institute as a senior admissions recruiter for more than four years before joining ICE. “Working in Admissions has been a very exciting experience," he says. "It’s a great feeling to be able to help students shape and determine the details of their career path. It’s also a great feeling to have students reach out and share great stories about their externships and experiences networking in the field. What is most rewarding is seeing each student complete their program, graduate, get hired and start living their dreams. My intention is to be an integral part of that process for the student and to help those with a passion for culinary arts find their culinary voice."

Adam Truelove is an Admissions Representative at ICE.

Adam Truelove

Senior Admissions Representative

Adam has been a part of the culinary industry for more than 20 years, from finding his passion as a short order cook all the way to Europe. He worked at some of the top restaurants in New York City and Southern Connecticut and spent time as a culinary instructor. Adam understands the importance of proper training and enjoys helping students start the journey that has given him so much. He has a young family and enjoys traveling, dining and spending time with family and friends. 

Margarita Rivera is an Admissions Representative at ICE.

Margarita Rivera

Senior Admissions Representative

Margarita has worked in higher education for the last 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing management and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Baruch College. Margarita began in student affairs as an academic advisor/coordinator and in the admissions department at two schools before joining ICE in 2018. "It’s great to be part of a process that will help people pursue an interest that they love, provide the necessary training and gain the skills to help them be successful in the industry," she says. "It’s very rewarding to see your students graduate, as they embark on their new careers." She loves spending time with her family and friends, and traveling and learning about different cultures while trying wonderful food.

John Davis

John Davis

Associate Director of Admissions

John began cooking in pizzerias in Newark, New Jersey, at the age of 16. In 1990, he began his 30-year career in culinary education at the New York Restaurant School. "I've had the honor of getting to know some of the top master chefs in the world such as Jacques Pepin and Andre Soltner," John says of his time at the International Culinary Center before coming to ICE in 2020. "My culinary voice is: I love seeing student’s graduate and soar to great heights in the culinary world!"

Samantha DeSimone

Samantha DeSimone

Admissions Representative

A graduate of Wagner College with a BA in speech and theatre, Samantha pursued performing opportunities off Broadway and internationally, eventually finding herself in the world of event planning and educational cooking. A stint hosting recreational cooking classes brought her love of theatre and presenting together with her love of all things food and beverage. From there, she was inspired to join the ICE team and start helping prospective students find their way into the right program and then off into the world of hospitality and food. Here at the ICE campus, Samantha puts her self-appointed title of ‘professional taster’ to good use, and of course, visiting ICE graduates is the best excuse to engage in her favorite pastime of trying new restaurants!

Adrianne Russell

Adrianne Russell

Admissions Representative

A native of Houston, Texas, Adrianne joined our admissions team after a long tenure in luxury home supplies, so she is very familiar with the ins and outs of building a kitchen. But it was her passion for food, beverage and the hospitality field that brought her to ICE. Knowing the restaurant life wasn’t for her, Adrianne has turned her passion toward helping fellow food enthusiasts find their way by working with prospective students to discover what programs fit their interests and goals. You can find Adrianne in the admissions office at our NYC campus, or in her local wine shop, always eagerly learning about trends, special varietals and what makes the perfect pairing.

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Joe Munoz

Admissions Representative

Originally hailing from Carrollton, Texas, Joe has worn many hats on the way to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in cultural anthropology and history, Joe has worked in a café as a barista and salad maker, a costumer at Walt Disney World, an archaeologist excavating a Mayan temple in the jungles of Belize, a salesman and layout planner for custom laboratory furniture serving Fortune 50 companies, a designer for marketing and promotional products, a community liaison for a therapy company and an account manager for a software company providing live chat services for lawyers. (Though not necessarily in that order.) All the while, Joe has nurtured his passion for global cuisine, seeking out unique local dishes wherever his travels have led him. From his grandmother’s empanadillas to a perfect bowl of chicken fried rice, nothing warms his soul better than a plate of hot food prepared with care. Joe knows better than most that students can follow winding trails chasing their true passions. That is why he feels privileged to help aspiring cooks take their first steps as they work to find their unique culinary voice and achieve their visions, whatever they may be. In his spare time, Joe loves going on adventures with his wife, Charlea, and dog, Naja and writing poetry.

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Sebastian Boyd

Admissions Representative

Sebastian brings 11 years of Admissions experience to ICE and is excited to continue to help students follow their dreams. His love for helping others has given him the privilege to utilize his gifts and talent as an Admissions Advisor. Sebastian has a passion to compel, motivate and encourage individuals to pursue their dreams in higher education. He says that seeing the student you assisted walk across the stage to receive their diploma is one of the best feelings.

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Sarah Harvey

Admissions Representative

Sarah is a native of Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked for a number of art schools. In her roles she was responsible for class enrollment, tracking monthly sales and creating course curriculum for children and adults enrolled in the acting programs. Additionally, she has served as a corporate workshop instructor for companies like PayPal, Makeup Forever, Philosophy and the LA Dodgers. After spending several years in LA Sarah relocated to New York City to aspire her love for standup comedy. Sarah is excited to be a part of the ICE Admissions team and especially enjoys meeting with students and their families to help peruse their culinary dreams.