Day in the Life Program: Samantha Stewart at Institute of Culinary Education

“Day in the Life” is our mentorship program where the teenage and young adult members of our families get to discover new possibilities for their future goals.

Samantha Stewart is the daughter of fallen Brooklyn police officer, Dillon Stewart, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. As part of “Day in the Life,” Samantha spent the day at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York, a school dedicated to those pursuing careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. Students at ICE focus primarily on culinary arts, pastry and baking arts, health-supportive culinary arts, and restaurant and hotel management. The institute was founded in 1975 and has helped begin over 14,000 careers, thanks to its talented instructors and connections. 

Samantha spent her day alongside Chef Faith Drobbin, a pastry chef and chef-instructor in the recreational program at ICE. Chef Faith taught Samantha a variety of skills centered around pastry-making, such as making butter cream, modeling chocolate, as well as using a piping bag to ice cupcakes. Samantha and Chef Faith also made chocolate covered strawberries. 

Since she was young, Samantha always helped in the kitchen, particularly when her mom was baking. “I would always ask to help make cupcakes or cakes for family parties,” she said. 

After spending the day at ICE, Samantha’s interest in the culinary field has grown. She hopes to spend more time at the institute in the future. 


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