The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) held its second #CulinaryVoice Scholarship Challenge recently and Mimi Rotberg of Monsey was named one of the winners. She will receive a scholarship for Cake Decorating, one of ICE’s six career training programs. She has been designing and building extravagant cakes since the 11th grade and said she is excited to refine her skills and elevate them to the highest professional level by studying at ICE.
Entrants were challenged by ICE and a group of celebrity chefs and food stars including Marcus Samuelsson, Ted Allen, Donatella Arpaia and Duff Goldman to submit a video sharing their culinary voice and why they want to win a scholarship. The finalists in each category were determined by public vote, resulting in more than 1.8 million views and votes spanning 201 countries and territories around the world. The 18 winners, chosen by an exclusive panel of ICE instructors including James Beard Award-winning chefs David Waltuck and Michael Laiskonis, have diverse backgrounds and varying ambitions in the culinary space and were announced in a video from ICE.