Before she attended ICE’s Culinary Arts and Culinary Management programs, alum Denisse Oller was already a media powerhouse, working as a news anchor for networks like Telemundo and Univision. Combining her newfound culinary talents and television skillset, Oller has since appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, The Today Show, Martha Stewart’s radio show and even a national campaign for “MiPlato” (MyPlate) initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama. We spoke with the media mogul to learn more about her decision to attend culinary school and how it has transformed her career.
How did ICE help you find your culinary voice?
When I first enrolled at ICE, I had no cooking experience. How brazen of me to dare enroll in the professional culinary program! But my interest was real—I had collected more than 200 cookbooks, which I used every day.
I decided to enroll at ICE to learn more, and boy, was I in for the challenge of my life—surrounded by students that knew so much more that I did. It was intimidating, but not for long. Slowly, but surely, I found a way to express my culinary aesthetic and my interpretations of Latin favorites—both classic dishes and modern, healthier versions of traditional recipes. The instructors were key in my professional culinary growth. I am so privileged to call so many of them my friends today.