Find your cullinary voice

Career Changers

Thinking of making a career change? Learn about ICE's award winning culinary programs.Your Quality Time Shouldn't Just Be Your "Off" Hours

You sit at your desk, watching the clock, waiting for the day to end. You’re wondering, “How can that part-time food job be the best job I ever had?” Maybe you daydream about creating your own food line, running a small bistro or becoming a private chef. Perhaps you want to turn your blogging hobby into a career in food media. Yet most of all, you want your career to connect you with the rest of culinary world.

Imagine Doing What You Love

Do you remember when you looked for your first job? It seemed daunting, but also exciting, perhaps even thrilling. But now, you've invested a good number of years in your career, and you'd be crazy to leave to start over from scratch, right? The answer is "no." Today, it's not uncommon to pursue a second career in an area you love, and there have never been more opportunities in the world of food. Over 14,000 ICE students have taken the jump before you. You should be next.

A Track Record of Success

Our chefs, instructors, alumni and students have won countless awards, continually earning recognition and praise in their respective fields. Following the mission established in 1975 by ICE founder Peter Kump—who also founded the James Beard House and, with Julia Child, the James Beard Foundation—we help you discover and follow your own culinary spirit.

At ICE, you are exposed to the diverse and vibrant world of food through regular contact with prominent industry leaders. Outside of our cutting edge New York and Los Angeles facilities, our externship and job placement programs can help you reach your goals, whether in a dynamic restaurant or other culinary enterprise. You’ll also have opportunities to volunteer and network at high-profile food scene events in and around America's culinary capitals on the east and west coasts.

Schedules That Work for You

ICE offers education that fits your busy schedule. In just 6-12 months, you’ll get a firm foundation in the discipline of your choice with a chance to explore your own interests and build your resume. You'll gain the skills and confidence you need to begin a successful career, with a respected credential that opens doors to employment at the country's leading restaurants, food media outlets, hotels and more. What's more, even after you’ve graduated, you'll have ongoing access to job placement assistance, professional development opportunities, biannual career fairs and special alumni events to further grow your career.

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Thinking about switching career paths? Consider a culinary education at ICE.