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Recreational Cooking


The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City is home to the largest program of hands-on recreational cooking, baking and wine classes in the world.

More than 26,000 people visit ICE each year to learn culinary techniques and experience flavors from every corner of the world. With twelve state of the art kitchens, ICE is able to provide NYC cooking classes both day and night, 355 days a year. Click here to view photos of our recreational classes.

To ensure you arrive easily and on time for class, be sure to check out ICE’s Map of Lower Manhattan and Brookfield Place to learn how to get to our new Brookfield Place facility by car and public transportation, plus, where to go once you enter the complex.

Cooking, Baking and Wine Courses
Since 1975, the mission of ICE’s Recreational Program has been clear - to provide a rich, fun and broad array of courses focusing on fundamental techniques, authentic & global cuisines, topical culinary concepts, and classic cooking methods. With more than 2,000 courses a year, cooks at all levels—from beginner to advanced—can expand their palate and knowledge in our kitchens. From Bean to Bar Chocolate MakingNew York SteakhouseKnife Skills and Essentials of Thai to Classic French Macarons, Best Homemade Pizza and Cupcakes Unlimited, ICE’s menu has something for everyone. Similarly, ICE’s Wine Education Program explores grapes from around the globe. You’ll also find intensive, multi-day classes, as well as classes designed for couples and kids.

Finally, ICE’s School of Professional Development presents unique chef education and continuing education for culinary professionals in advanced pastry and culinary skills, food business management, food media and more.

ICE’s new course schedule is released three times per year. Click here for our updated “Main Course” catalog or visit to register for classes.

Chef-Instructors & Guest Lecturers
ICE’s award-winning chef instructors come from a wide and varied background, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to the kitchen classroom. In addition, our food business lecturers all provide significant industry experience, from successful cookbook authors to nationally recognized restaurant consultants. From One Day Restaurant School to How to Open a Bar, Food Styling to Recipe Writing.

What to Expect the Day of Class
The typical cooking or baking class structure is formatted so that you will work in teams. Each team will be assigned to execute and prepare a portion of the menu. Classes consist of three segments: a brief lecture, food preparation and a large, family-style meal, served with wine or beer. Most recreational courses at ICE run one to five sessions (or days), for 4-5 hours beginning at 10am or 6pm. Multi-session technique courses meet either one day a week for multiple weeks or on consecutive days the same week. We stock ICE’s pantries with the highest quality ingredients and students will be supplied with detailed recipes. Whatever is not finished in class, you get to wrap up to take home.

Click here to view our entire Main Course catalog. For customer service, please call (888) 522-4610.

*Accreditation information on this website applies to ICE's career programs. Recreational programs are not accredited by the ACCSC.
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