Dorothy Cann Hamilton, CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), is one of the most influential forces shaping the American culinary landscape today. Thirty years ago, Hamilton founded the school in Manhattan as The French Culinary Institute. Today, it has grown to be one of the world’s leading centers for culinary education with additional campuses in California and Italy. ICC has world-renowned chefs as its deans including Jacques Pépin, José Andrés, Jacques Torres, as well as more than 15,000 notable alumni hailing from more than 80 countries, including chefs Bobby Flay, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, and Christina Tosi.
A true entrepreneurial educator and culinary leader, Hamilton was selected to serve as President of the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan. Together with the James Beard Foundation, she will curate 7,000 various cultural programs and events that will take place at the Pavilion, whose main goal is to showcase U.S. leadership in the global food arena and highlight the country’s role in advancing culinary sustainability. Hamilton has received remarkable accolades, including “Entrepreneur of the Year” from the International Association of Culinary Professionals; “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America” from the James Beard Foundation; “Silver Spoon” from Food Arts magazine; “Outstanding American Educator” from Madrid Fusion; and many more.
Hamilton is an author and creator and host of Chef’s Story, a weekly radio program on the Heritage Radio Network and a 26-part television series. After graduating with a B.A. honors degree from Newscastle-upon-Tyne in England, she spent three years in the Peace Corps, and later earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School and NYU. Hamilton is a graduate of the OPM program at Harvard Business School.
Lisa Cornelio is a freelance writer and educational consultant who has worked with hundreds of students and their families in the college admissions process, helping to select schools, prepare for interviews, and complete applications. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Princeton University, she joined The Princeton Review, where she became a master instructor, teaching classes, training instructors, and writing and editing materials for the international test preparation company. She left the company in 1997 but continues to coach students for standardized tests and tutor academic subjects. Love What You Do is her second career guide.
Christopher Papagni was former School Director and Vice President of Student Affairs at the International Culinary Center. Dr. Papagni has enjoyed a long career in education with previous positions at Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, and Hofstra University. Dr. Papagni holds a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina, earned his PhD at New York University, and studied classic culinary arts at The French Culinary Institute. He currently serves on the Scholarship Committee for The James Beard Foundation and The IACP Culinary Trust and the Board for The American International Wine and Food Foundation.