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Michelle Tampakis

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Michelle Tampakis has been teaching at ICE for over 25 years and is the school's resident expert on chocolate and gluten-free baking. She studied hotel and restaurant management at Bergen Community College and culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Following her time at the CIA, she went to work with ICE Director of Pastry & Baking Arts Nick Malgieri at Windows on the World. Since beginning her teaching career at ICE in 1986, Tampakis has continued to compete in international pastry competitions, winning awards and honing her skills in showpiece creation. She has used her expertise to head up ICE's participation in numerous events and TV shows, including an episode of Food Network Challenge. In 2010, she was named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional. After more than 25 years in the industry, Tampakis was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since then, she has thrown herself into learning everything possible about gluten-free baking and food-related allergies. Tampakis has a distinct appreciation for pastry "as a time-honored craft," and a key part of her culinary voice. When it comes to her students, Tampakis says: "Discipline, respect for the ingredients and genuine professionalism are the key points I try to influence students with. My belief is in discipline, respect for the ingredients and not wasting food, materials or time. I apply that to every thing I cook or bake.”

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