School of Restaurant & Culinary Management

This innovative program is designed for the individual who's interested in restaurant management, or who wants to oversee, grow, open or own a culinary business.

Diploma Program

Get Ready to Build – and Live – Your Vision

You are an innovator. When you close your eyes, do you see yourself managing and building a food business – maybe even your own? ICE’s diploma program in Restaurant & Culinary Management is the country's preeminent food business program of study, offering the pragmatic training in restaurant management, operations and entrepreneurship that you need to achieve and sustain long-term success in the culinary industry.

 

Quick Facts

Open House: August 8, 2018

Duration: 7 months or 9 months

Class Times: Morning, Afternoon, Evening or Hybrid schedule options

Tuition: $13,980 (evening and hybrid); $15,530 (morning and afternoon)

Open House Registration

Learn from Industry Experts

Our instructors have opened and operated restaurants, catering businesses and food shops in New York and around the world. Most are active consultants, meaning they have experience working with aspiring entrepreneurs, just like you. With them, you'll learn how to develop profitable concepts, write a business plan and market your venture to a target audience. You'll get a sense of how to troubleshoot restaurant and bar management issues concerning operations and staffing, analyze changing trends and make fiscal modifications to keep your business profitable. Through case studies, role-playing and group projects, we will train you to make smart decisions for your business. You’ll also have a chance to gain valuable professional insight through field trips and lectures with successful culinary entrepreneurs. 

An ICE Restaurant & Culinary Management instructor guides students through a lesson in class

Diverse Student Body, Diverse Goals

Our students’ diverse goals and past experiences make our program unique. A typical class includes career changers with previous experience in such fields as marketing, finance, nursing or IT; recent high school or college graduates; and even working chefs or restaurant owners and operators who want to master the business side of the restaurant industry.

A student leads a discussion in a Restaurant & Culinary Management class at the Institute of Culinary Education

Combine Food Business with Hands-on Culinary Training

Enrolling in our Culinary Arts or Pastry & Baking Arts programs in addition to Restaurant & Culinary Management gives you the opportunity to double major and gain two diplomas. We structure our schedules to allow you to pursue both programs simultaneously, and offer tuition incentives to help make realizing your professional goals that much easier.

A student takes notes during a Restaurant & Culinary Management class at the Institute of Culinary Education

Start in a Culinary Mecca – Then Go Anywhere

New York City and Los Angeles are two of the world’s most important culinary cities, with instant access to the finest restaurants and best chefs. We take full advantage of our locations, taking students on behind-the-scenes field trips and offering candid lectures with successful culinary entrepreneurs. You’ll also have access to our extensive alumni network, which stretches across the nation — and the world. What’s more, many entrepreneurial graduates return to ICE to consult with our expert instructors over the course of their careers.

An ICE management student takes notes in class

Outstanding Career Services

Leading up to graduation, our Career Services department will help you identify potential employers, but the relationship doesn’t stop there. Even long after graduation, we support alumni with ongoing job placement assistance and send graduates job listing emails — averaging 175 new job opportunities each week — from employers who already respect the value of an ICE education.

Schedule & Tuition

Business%20Class-024-72dpi_375x375.jpgThe 316-hour Restaurant & Culinary Management curriculum is comprised of five modules that are divided into nine courses. Classes meet three times a week for 26 to 45 weeks, depending on the schedule. The program starts at least 10 times per year with staggered start dates, offering mornings, afternoons and evenings.

  • Hours: 8am-12pm 
  • Cost: $15,530.00 
  • Starts: Mon, Tue, Thu, 10/16; Mon, Wed, Thu, 8/27
  • Hours: 1pm-5pm 
  • Cost: $15,530.00 
  • Starts: Mon,Tue,Thu, 11/12; Mon, Wed, Thu, 9/5
  • Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, 6pm-9pm 
  • Cost: $13,980.00 
  • Starts: TBD
  • Hours: Wed 6-9pm, Sat 9am-3:30pm
  • Cost: $13,980.00 
  • Starts: 10/3

 

Combine business and culinary expertise to accelerate success.

Learn more about ICE's Double Diploma option.

Flexible Schedules to Fit Your Lifestyle

At ICE, when you pay tuition, it's more than just class time — your tuition also includes:

  • All Books
  • Field trips
  • Business Plans
  • Guest Lectures
  • iPad and wireless keyboard
  • Application Fee
  • All Applicable Taxes

Take the Next Step

The admissions process is the start of a lasting relationship with ICE. Your admissions representative will introduce you to the personal experience that ICE is known for. His or her mission is to understand your career goals, help you select the right program to fit your needs, and ensure you find a class schedule that suits your lifestyle.

Why Choose ICE

You know it's in you — the ambition to pursue a rewarding career in food. Attending culinary school is one of the best ways to begin the journey. ICE is ready to help you find your culinary voice.

12 Reasons Why You Should Choose ICE. 

International Students

ICE is a hub of multiculturalism. We are proud to have students from over 44 countries, giving our classrooms a unique international character. New York is one of the most diverse and exciting food cities, providing international culinary students with opportunities for vibrant cultural experiences that include access to a vast array of ethnic restaurants, gourmet markets and culinary resources. It’s no wonder that so many international culinary students have chosen ICE as their passport to a rewarding and successful culinary career.

Learn about our International Students.

 

Resources:

Ready to take your interest in ICE further? Speak to an admissions representative about your personal goals, start your application or download our career brochure so you can access our program information anytime.

Admissions Services

Applying to ICE

ICE Career Brochure

Lecture%20Opera%20POS-044-72dpi_375x375.jpgICE's 316-hour Restaurant & Culinary Management diploma program is taught at ICE's lower Manhattan campus, featuring over 74,000 square feet of teaching space. Utilizing New York City as a classroom, the program includes field trips to local food businesses as well as guest lectures from successful food entrepreneurs. The program is comprised of 9 courses, which are divided into 158 four-hour classes (211 three-hour classes in evening classes). This instruction provides students with the pragmatic training in restaurant management, operations and entrepreneurship necessary to achieve and sustain long-term success in the culinary industry.

The Restaurant & Culinary Management training program is constructed as follows:

Courses

Course 1

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND MENU DESIGN

45 hours

This course is designed to acquaint students with the realities of a culinary business concept – from creativity to profitability. By surveying the industry, students explore all types of operations, analyze concepts, as well as research feasibility and location selection. Students gain the knowledge required to develop and refine their ideas. This course gives a comprehensive view of key aspects of the menu, including planning, pricing, layout and design. Students prepare sample menus as a project, which will become part of their final business plans.

Course 2

MARKETING

30 hours

Culinary businesses are marketing businesses from the moment an idea is developed through opening and operation. This course provides a comprehensive examination of how a marketing plan is developed, including market research, positioning, product mix and life cycle. It includes development of potential strategies for social media, advertising, merchandising, public relations, relationship building and promotion.

Course 3

FOOD SAFETY

16 hours

Proper food handling and safety procedures are important elements of a successful culinary business. In this course students earn the nationally recognized ServSafe certification while learning the essential principles of food safety.

Course 4

PURCHASING AND COST CONTROL

45 hours

Strategies for purchasing and control of the business are vital for the success of any culinary operation. This course examines the commercial knowledge required to control food, labor and beverage costs. Detailed lessons on recipes and revenue control are also taught. Purchasing product guidelines, inventory and theft, employee performance standards, productivity and scheduling, use of point-of-sale systems and computers are also reviewed.

Course 5

SUPERVISION, STAFF MANAGEMENT AND LAW

45 hours

People are the most important resource in any culinary business. In this course students focus on the major functions of management, including leadership, motivation, communication, hiring practices, recruitment, training, discipline and staff organization. In addition this course focuses on the legal rights and responsibilities of owners and operators. Topics include labor relations, employment law, real estate and contracts. Also various business structures are surveyed.

Course 6

SERVICE MANAGEMENT

30 hours

Managing the front of the house requires particular knowledge and skill. Students are introduced to the tools and techniques of service and service management in restaurants and other food service operations. The importance of hospitality is emphasized. This course also covers how to build customer satisfaction.

Course 7

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

45 hours

A working understanding of the numbers is critically important to culinary success. The curriculum for this course focuses on the use of financial statements as a tool for control and decision making. Topics include balance sheets, statements of net income, break-even analysis, cash flow and financing. Budgets, industry standards and variation analyses are emphasized. Actual case studies are used to provide real experience.

Course 8

BEVERAGE AND WINE

30 hours

Beverage sales is a challenging business. This course explores all areas of beverage service, including wine, spirits, beer, mixology, nonalcoholic drinks and bar design. Wine tasting and appreciation is included. Students will study proper alcohol service and receive safe beverage service certification.

Course 9

FACILITIES AND DESIGN

30 hours

This course examines how to bring a concept from idea and design through construction and final inspection. Whether planning to renovate or build a restaurant from scratch, students gain insight into capital costs and budgeting, as well as how to work with architects, designers and contractors. Topics include equipment and systems basics, space analysis, product and people flows, kitchen and interior design

Smoking-050-72dpi_375x375.jpgFinancing Your Culinary Education

At this point, you’ve already decided that you’re interested in a professional future in food and hospitality. But should you attend culinary school, and can you can really afford it?

The ICE Department of Student Financial Services (SFS) puts an award-winning culinary education within your reach. Our SFS advisors are available six days a week to help make your dream of attending culinary school at ICE a reality. 

Learn more about ICE's Student Financial Services. 


Shallow%20Poaching-010-72dpi_375x375.jpgScholarships

ICE provides various scholarship opportunities to assist students on their journey towards a career in food and hospitality. Whether offered by ICE itself, our food industry partners or a vetted list of outside organizations, these scholarships provide students with additional resources to realize their dreams of attending our career training programs. Please be aware of the varying deadlines and application requirements for each individual scholarship. For additional information about any of the available scholarships, feel free to contact our Department of Student Financial Services directly at (888) 921-CHEF or NYfinaid@ice.edu.

View all ICE Scholarship Opportunities.


Pasta-024-72dpi_375x375.jpgFinancial Aid Options

ICE offers financial assistance from both Federal and Private sources. The following is a list of aid available to those students who qualify:

• Federal Pell Grant
• FSEOG Program
• Federal Stafford Loan
• Federal Direct PLUS Loan
• State-Funded Grants and Loans
• Private Student Loans
• Payment Plan
• Tuition Flex

To learn more about financial aid options, feel free to contact our Department of Student Financial Services directly at (888) 921-CHEF or NYfinaid@ice.edu.

View all financial aid options. 


Applying for Financial Aid

Please contact us with any Financial Aid or financing questions, problems or suggestions. We will work closely with you in preparing the necessary forms and documents on student grants, loans or scholarships and employment programs.

Learn how to apply for financial aid at ICE. 

Proven Results

From award-winning restaurateurs to food media leaders, test kitchen chefs to food entrepreneurs, our alumni continue to rank among the most noteworthy names in food and hospitality. Click through the names below for just a taste of the many successful ICE alumni.

Learn more about our Restaurant & Culinary Management alumni.

Student Experience

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, bankers, 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: 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.

Learn more about student life at ICE. 

Grace Reynolds reflects on her decision to enroll in business management classes at the Institute of Culinary Education

"I’m six classes into the ICE Culinary Management curriculum and I can say with complete confidence that enrolling in this program is the best professional decision I’ve made to date."

Grace Reynolds
Restaurant & Culinary Management '16

Software and Technology Learned

NCR Aloha RAP PoS

Aloha PoS (Point of Sale) is one of America's most popular hospitality management systems, with over 60,000 end users. PoS systems are essential to the successful operation of most food service establishments because they allow the business to track transactions in real time. The primary goal of the PoS software is to generate sales, labor & payment statistics in an efficient and reliable way in order to save costs for the end user. The Aloha PoS system can work with one or dozens of terminals, and can be configured to address a wide variety of hospitality concepts. Aloha works with full service restaurants, quick serve, fast casual, bars, night clubs and more.

OpenTable

OpenTable.com is the leading provider of free, real-time online reservations for restaurant diners, concierges and administrative professionals. They are also the premier supplier of reservation and table management software for restaurants. More than 50 million diners have been seated through reservations at OpenTable, and more than 8,000 fine-dining restaurants around the world have replaced their pen-and-paper reservation books with the OpenTable System.

Restaurant & Culinary Management students on a field trip to a fish market in New York City

Field Trips and Guest Lectures

The Restaurant & Culinary Management program takes full advantage of ICE's location in New York City. Our reputation and connections pave the way for access to the finest restaurants, top chefs, the most influential designers, the most demanding wholesalers and the most charismatic marketing and PR agencies. ICE offers a unique real-life view into what makes food businesses successful by providing students with guest lectures and field trips to notable locations off-site.

    Meet The Culinary Entrepreneurs

    Meet The Culinary Entrepreneurs is an exclusive lecture series featuring some of America's top food business experts. The sessions—held throughout the year at ICE—introduce students and the public to the world’s leading restaurateurs, specialty food retailers, caterers and other culinary business proprietors who have established highly regarded national and international brands. The ongoing series was designed to complement ICE’s diploma program in Restaurant & Culinary Management, which trains students with career goals of owning or operating a restaurant or other food business.

    Students can choose from hundreds of available courses at ICE to take as an elective with class credits

    Endless Electives

    Regarded by many as America’s largest menu of hands-on specialty cooking classes, ICE's School of Recreational Cooking in New York City offers more than 1,700 classes each year, in techniques and cuisines from every corner of the globe. All career students at ICE’s New York campus are given a number of credits to take additional classes offered by the Recreational Cooking program.