Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Founder of the International Culinary Center

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder & CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), is one of the most respected culinary leaders in the world 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 Friends of the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, which runs from May through October 2015. Together with the James Beard Foundation, she helped curate various cultural programs and events at the Pavilion. The Pavilion’s 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 being decorated by the French government with the Legion d’ Honneur; “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. She is a mentor for international business accelerator Food-X, and was awarded the “Italian Cuisine Worldwide Award 2015” from it-chefs-GVCI/Grana Padano.

Hamilton is creator and host of Chef’s Story, a weekly radio program on the Heritage Radio Network and a 26-part television series on PBS and co-author of its companion book. She earned her BA Honours degree from Newscastle-upon-Tyne in England, then spent three years in the Peace Corps, and later earned her MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Hamilton is a graduate of the OPM program at Harvard Business School.