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Ice Welcomes
Michael Laiskonis As
Creative Director
The Institute of Culinary
Education (ICE) in New York
City welcomes award-winning
pastry chef Michael Laiskonis as
its first-ever Creative Director.
Beginning in March, Laiskonis
will bring his talent, insight and
experience to ICE students in this new and innovative role.
Laiskonis has long been one of the industry’s most
creative and talented chefs. Fresh off of an eight-year
tenure as Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, Laiskonis
is well known for helping the restaurant earn four stars
from The New York Times and three Michelin stars. He
was named to America’s Top Ten Pastry Chefs by Pastry
Art & Design in both 2002 and 2003 and was Bon Appétit’s
Pastry Chef of the Year in 2004. Best known for his use of
modern techniques to
reinvent classic desserts,
he was also awarded the
coveted James Beard
Award for Outstanding
Pastry Chef in 2007.
Laiskonis has been an
active writer, in print
and on-line, including
Gourmet, Saveur and
The Atlantic and has
appeared on television
shows such as Top Chef:
Just Desserts. While
Laiskonis is best known
as a pastry chef, he spent
most of the first half of
his career on the savory
side of the kitchen.
Accordingly, ICE President Rick Smilow noted, “While
pastry and baking will be Michael’s first focus, we know
his knowledge can transcend to other departments at the
As Creative Director, Laiskonis will join the educational
leadership team to direct new projects in curriculum
development and research, teach classes, mentor ICE
students and faculty and serve as an industry ambassador
for ICE. Smilow said, “Michael’s been an active member of
our Advisory Board for over a decade. So we know well the
intelligence, drive and commitment to excellence that he
will bring to our program.”
Laiskonis remarked, “After twenty years in the kitchen,
this new role with ICE is the perfect opportunity for me to
give back, and inspire the next generation of chefs to excel
and innovate in the culinary and pastry arts.”
For more information, contact Stephanie Bourgeois in the
ICE Public Relations Department at (212) 847-0775 or