The Institute of Culinary Education tapped James Beard Award winning Chef David Waltuck to serve as the school's first-ever director of culinary affairs.
In addition to his role as chef instructor at ICE, serving as a teacher in ICE's culinary arts program, Waltuck will also serve as the school's first director of culinary affairs. In this role, he will provide mentorship to ICE students as they plan their careers, maintain relationships with New York City restaurants to continue placing ICE students in externships, sustain relationships with ICE alumni chefs and provide insight and collaboration on the school's culinary curriculum to keep current with restaurant standards. He will also teach in ICE's School of Professional Development and School of Recreational Cooking.
Most well-known as the executive chef and proprietor of Chanterelle, Waltuck spent 30 years at the helm of the famed restaurant. Since Chanterelle's closure, Waltuck has most recently served as the executive chef of élan restaurant. Previously, he served as the executive chef for Ark Restaurants Inc., where he opened restaurants for the brand across the country from Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. to Boston and New York City. He is also the author of two books: Staff Meals at Chanterelle and Chanterelle: The Story and Recipes of a Restaurant Classic, which won an IACP Award for Best Cookbook: Chefs and Restaurants in 2009.