A Tribute to Dorothy Cann Hamilton

A Tribute to Dorothy Cann Hamilton

There is an empty place at the table today: this past weekend, Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder & CEO of The International Culinary Center and President of the Friends of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, passed away. The culinary world lost a great friend, mentor, and role model. She changed countless lives throughout her time on this earth. Like a true evangelist, she made it a mission to see her students and alumni, including myself, thrive and succeed, always there to offer words of wisdom and encouragement. After our parents, she was our biggest cheerleader, a woman full of ideas and optimism, boundless energy and support. I'm not alone when I say, with great pride and an even greater sense of loss, that Dorothy changed my own life several times, both through her school, The International Culinary Center, and the USA Pavilion. If it weren’t for her, where would I and others, among the many thousands around the world, now be? She helped shape our love of food, drink, and cooking into careers, teaching us that it’s possible to make a living with your talents and passions. For that, I will always be indebted to her. 

At the USA Pavilion, Dorothy's ferocious determination and support of American food was infectious. As a result, she always made those of us working at the pavilion feel valuable and consequential. I remember her tending the bar during our final evening because she wanted to give the staff the time off to enjoy our last night together. Rest in peace, Dorothy. We should all strive to live as full a life as you did. Thank you, always, for everything. You will be missed.

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