NYIOOC Returns to International Culinary Center

The International Culinary Center in New York will host the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition and its Sommelier Certification Program back-to-back this May.

Mar. 10, 2019
By Olive Oil Times Staff

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The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York will host two pre­mier events in May, demon­strat­ing again its lead­er­ship posi­tion in culi­nary edu­ca­tion — espe­cially when it comes to olive oil.

I couldn’t be more pleased to be bring­ing the event back home to the place it all started.- Curtis Cord, NYIOOC president

From May 5 to May 9, the school’s fifth-floor stu­dio space will be the set­ting for the judg­ing of the sev­enth annual NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the largest and most pres­ti­gious event of its kind.

From May 13 to 18, the ICC will present, together with the Olive Oil Times Education Lab, the 7th edi­tion of its Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program — a six-day course designed to empower a gen­er­a­tion of olive oil educators.

For the NYIOOC it will be a return home. In 2013, the Olive Oil Times pub­lisher, Curtis Cord, pro­posed the idea of orga­niz­ing a major olive oil com­pe­ti­tion to the late Dorothy Cann Hamilton, the ICC founder.

I had hardly fin­ished ask­ing when Dorothy replied Let’s do it,’ “ Cord recalled at the 2017 NYIOOC press con­fer­ence. That meet­ing changed the course of my life, like so many oth­ers Dorothy encouraged,”

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The NYIOOC was held at the school until 2016 when changes to its floor plan made it nec­es­sary to find another venue. This year, we found a way to return,” Cord explained. And I couldn’t be more pleased to be bring­ing the event back home to the global leader in culi­nary edu­ca­tion and the place it all started.”

Cann Hamilton was also instru­men­tal in estab­lish­ing the Sommelier Program, which has since con­ferred its cer­tifi­cates to more than 170 pro­fes­sion­als at courses in New York, California and London.

Dorothy under­stood the impor­tance of olive oil in culi­nary edu­ca­tion,” Cord said.”She was one of the great vision­ar­ies of the culi­nary world, and her sup­port for these projects was just another exam­ple of the lead­er­ship cul­ture that con­tin­ues at the school she founded.”

Cord will also lead an edu­ca­tional work­shop for ICC stu­dents dur­ing the week of the NYIOOC event titled What every chef needs to know about olive oil.”

The results of the NYIOOC will be revealed at a May 10 press con­fer­ence at 7:30 PM.

Registration for the som­me­lier pro­gram is lim­ited to 40 par­tic­i­pants. At press time there were 9 remain­ing open­ings and the course is expected to sell out.


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