The Food Media Mogul You Want to Meet: ICE Alum Jamie Tiampo

The Food Media Mogul You Want to Meet: ICE Alum Jamie Tiampo
From blog.ice.edu, by Institute of Culinary Education

 

Standing on an unassuming, quiet corner of New York’s Lower East Side, you would never imagine you were mere steps from one of the city’s premier food media production companies. Yet ICE alum and James Beard Award winner Jamie Tiampo’s company, SeeFood Media, is just that—an outlier in more ways than its low-key location. SeeFood fills a niche in which it has no real competitor: a “one-stop shop” featuring 7 kitchen sets, a rooftop for outdoor cooking segments, separate prep kitchens for food stylists, an in-house prop shop and a team of seasoned professionals who have produced several hundred food-centric video and photo shoots. “I started with the fundamental question of how to make food look better,” said Jamie. “From there, it was a matter of engineering the systems and facilities from the ground up to support that mission.”

James Beard Award Winner Jaime Tiampo of SeeFood Media

As with many successful entrepreneurs, SeeFood Media wasn’t Jamie’s first business venture. His pre-food background includes stints working for multiple start-ups, including helping start a company that was eventually acquired by IBM. After cutting his teeth in the early 2000’s dot-com boom, Jamie found himself in the unique situation of being able to pursue his lifelong passion for food. He quit his job and enrolled in New York University’s master’s program in Food Studies and ICE’s Culinary Management program. “Some of my most valuable early experiences came from the Culinary Management program. My instructor, Steve Zagor, blended real-world exposure with case studies and analysis, which helped me understand the business of food.”