Culinary school students working in the kitchen at the Institute of Culinary Education

About ICE

"America's Best Culinary School"

The Institute of Culinary Education has launched more than 14,000 careers in the food and hospitality industries. 

Over 40 years of culinary excellence.

Founded in 1975 by Peter Kump, ICE offers highly regarded seven to 12-month career training programs in Culinary ArtsPastry & Baking Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management, as well as continuing education programs for culinary professionals. Our bi-coastal facilities in New York and Los Angeles offer ICE students the opportunity to develop their careers in two of the nation's most exciting food cities. With a global curriculum, dedicated chef-instructors, a strong record in job placements and a clear entrepreneurial focus, ICE is recognized by top chefs and hospitality professionals as a leading pathway to begin or continue a wide range of culinary careers.

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A hands-on culinary class at Institute of Culinary Education.

Beyond our professional programs, our special events division also hosts hundreds of corporate and private cooking events from client entertaining and sales dinners to press events, product launches and film shoots.

A culinary instructor walks through halls of ICE.

In 2015, ICE won the IACP award for “Culinary School of Excellence,” an honor we had previously received in 2003, 2008 and 2011. Additionally, ICE staff and alumni regularly win or are nominated for top industry awards, such as James Beard Awards, Food & Wine's Best New Chefs in America and Dessert Professionals’ Top Ten Pastry Chefs. Noteworthy alumni include Gail Simmons, Marc Murphy, Claudia Fleming, Maxime Bilet, Vivian Howard, Missy Robbins and more.