Coastal South Meets The Big Apple.

Even though they met at summer camp at age ten, it took Brooke fifteen years to get her act together and to realize that Jamie is a really good cook… and easy on the eyes. Together, James and Brooke are the voice of young couples and families looking for answers to the nightly cooking challenge.

They work with everyone from corporate clients, to neighborhood friends to the new couples they meet every week during their Date Night Couples Cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education. They’d love to cook with you and make your life a little more delicious.


James Briscione is the Director of Culinary Research and a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. He is the first two-time champion of Food Network’s ‘Chopped,’ a host and judge on Food Network, and one of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Chefs Alive 2016.’

He is the author of four books: Just Married & Cooking (Scribner 11’), Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson (Sourcebooks 15’), The Great Cook (Oxmoor House 15’) and the forthcoming The Flavor Matrix (HMH 18’).

Since 2008, James has operated Just Married & Cooking LLC with his wife, Brooke Parkhurst. Their company creates one-of-a-kind, custom dining and educational experiences. Together, they also teach a series of date night cooking classes at ICE, where they inspire couples of all ages to get in the kitchen and create delicious food.

For the past decade, Chef James has been at the forefront of groundbreaking culinary events that seek to combine unexpected ingredients in new and exciting ways. Most recently, James was invited to speak at TEDxWarsaw to share his work and discuss the future of food.

You can currently follow the culinary adventures of James and his family in their Food Network digital series, Man Crafted, and Cooking with Dad. You can also catch James in his ‘live’ broadcasts for Food52 as well as his regular guest appearances as a chef and food expert on The Dr. Oz Show.

  • Director of Culinary Research, ICE

  • Author of Three Books

  • TEDx Speaker

  • Food Network Host

  • Twice Winner of Food Network’s Chopped

  • Named People Magazine’s Sexiest Chef


Brooke is a writer, cook, culinary instructor and mother. She is the author of, Belle in the Big Apple (Scribner 08’), a novel about a small a small town Southern girl who moves to New York City in search of a career— and a good meal. It was this love for (or obsession with?!) great food and beautiful cookbooks that led Brooke to co-author, with James, Just Married & Cooking (Scribner 11’) and the forthcoming, The Flavor Matrix (HMH 18’).

Through her series of Couples Cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education, Brooke developed into a culinary and entertaining expert with appearances on and writing gigs for: NBC Today Show; The Dr Oz Show, CBS New York, Fox & Friends,, and Brooke also penned the online food column, Full Plate (think Carrie Bradshaw-cum-June Cleaver), for the New York Daily News and hosted the ABC digital food series, Eat & Greet. She also served as the lifestyle/cooking correspondent for Conde Nast’s debut web network.

When Brooke is not instructing adults on how to slice and sear, she’s teaching her 8 year-old daughter, Parker, proper table manners and her 2 year-old son, August, how to use chopsticks.

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