Cara and Andrea first met 18 years ago as chef-instructors at ICE (Institute of Culinary Education) where they found an immediate kinship. They were working mothers, chefs, educators with career ambitions and life passions. They worked so well together redeveloping the recipes for ICE’s professional programs they knew they could have fun thinking and collaborating on a cookbook that showcased the delicious possibilities of the nut in all its breakfast to dessert formations.
Cara has a past life as an archaeologist and a current life as a mother of two, pastry chef instructor and the owner of a successful catering business in New York City’s Westchester County. Her busy and impressive client list includes The New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Cara’s favorite nut changes every day. Cashews, almonds and walnuts are the top trio of the moment. The buttery richness of cashews, the crumbly crunchiness of almonds, and the oh–so–but–not–quite–bitterness of walnuts keep her munching all day long.
Andrea’s path to a life as a chef educator includes stops in the worlds of finance and the back of the house in the esteemed kitchens of Le Cirque and The Rainbow Room. She is a mother of three and ICE’s Director of Education and Dean of Pastry and Baking Arts. She has been featured in The New York Daily News and The New York Post.
Andrea’s favorite nut is pistachio because the smile of the popped open shell always brings a smile to her and those around her.