Find your cullinary voice

Student Life

The impressive library at the Institute of Culinary Education."I got a sense of home
as I walked in the door
for a tour."
Amanda C.,
Pastry & Baking

The Most Critical Connections of Your Career Are Often Right
Next to You.

Tour the classrooms at ICE and you'll see diversity of age, experience, background, and goals. Your classmates will come from all over the United States and around the world.

Some are at the start of their careers, studying at ICE to become executive chefs and managers in the nation's top restaurants. Still others have long sought out ICE to train them for the next chapter in their lives, be they carpenters, lawyers, medical technicians, firefighters, bankers, advertising executives, journalists, or actors. Others have already worked in the food industry and want to sharpen their skills in pursuit of better opportunities.

Although your classmates come from different backgrounds, with different aspirations, they share a common goal from their experience at ICE: the hunger to turn their lifelong passion for food into a rewarding career. This forms the friendships and basis for your professional network, lasting for so many years and experiences ahead.

ICE students enjoy a variety of special events and exclusive classes to help enrich their culinary school experience. Below are a few examples of ways students can get involved:

Elective Programs

Diverse backgrounds create diverse students: it's part of what makes ICE unique. Every ICE career program student is entitled to participate in a broad variety of classes and educational programs, above and beyond their chosen career program curriculum. Our New York students can choose from over 1,700 annual courses from our New York Recreational program, and students of both ICE campuses are invited and encouraged to attend the Professional Demonstrations and Lectures by special guests from the world of food. All ICE students can tailor their experience to suit their individual culinary voices. Click here for further details.

ICE students have the opportunity to receive top awards at their senior receptions.Student Awards

At the end of each of our Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Restaurant & Culinary Management or Hospitality Management (New York) programs, students have the opportunity to win awards chosen by both their fellow students and their instructors. These honors recognize the exceptional potential of our most hard-working graduates and establish a meaningful goal for ICE students to work toward.

The three medals presented at each class' ceremony — the Top Toque/Top Student, Wüsthof Award for Leadership and Most Likely to Succeed Award — recognize the students who have demonstrated technical excellence in their area of study, leadership within their program and industry-preparedness.

Guest Speakers - Culinary Entrepreneurs

Throughout the year, ICE is fortunate to bring in great culinary entrepreneurs from around the nation. From California winemakers and New Orleans chefs, to food website founders, to specialty food company presidents, these resources are eager to share their knowledge and meet our students. They know that someday, you might be their next great new employee! Click here to view the full schedule.

Students watch the chef-instructor execute precise technique - from the Culinary Arts program at ICENetworking & Volunteer Opportunities

ICE has exciting opportunities for students to get involved with some of the biggest names in the food industry. Whether it’s hosting the latest high-profile cookbook launch or inviting an acclaimed restaurateur to share their secrets of success, ICE is a hub of networking activity. Click here for further details.

ICE's Wine Essentials Course

All ICE Career students have access to the school’s Wine Essentials course. This six-session course uses grape varietals as the introductory key to understanding the full wine spectrum. Click here for further details.

Student Housing Program

ICE's Student Housing Programs in New York and Los Angeles help our students find safe, comfortable, and convenient housing in some of the most exciting and vibrant communities in each city. With our unique housing solutions, there is no need to worry about negotiating rent or securing a roommate. Click here for further details.

Find more information on life as an ICE student over on ICE's blog!

Want to see what ICE students get up to in our kitchens every day? Check out our #ICEProStudentPhotoContest (click here for rules and regulations).

Marc MURPHY Praises "ICE helped lay the foundations of my education as a chef. It was there that I learned the basics, and those lessons have stayed with me throughout my entire career." Marc Murphy Chef/Restaurateur/TV personality,
ICE graduate ‘90