Food business class at Institute of Culinary Education.

Food Business Workshops

Culinary Management Career Development Classes

Whether you're looking to create a business plan for your forthcoming restaurant or to introduce your new food product to the market, ICE's food business experts can help you accomplish your entrepreneurial ambitions. 

Management Offerings

Meet culinary entrepreneurs at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs

Meet The Culinary Entrepreneurs is an innovative lecture series featuring some of America's top culinary business owners. The sessions, held monthly at ICE’s lower Manhattan facility, introduce audience members to restaurateurs, specialty food retailers, caterers and other proprietors who have established highly regarded local and national brands. The ongoing series was designed to supplement ICE’s culinary management diploma program.

Students in a business class at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Culinary Management and Business Classes

Every kitchen a chef, pastry chef or restaurant manager works in, is also a business. As you advance in that business, there are a range of topics that you will want or need to know more about, from new technology applications and current HR/legal issues to understanding financial statements. View our upcoming classes below.

A business class at the Institute of Culinary Education.

How to Open a Culinary Business

ICE's "How to" series covers an array of topics specifically designed to answer your questions and help you achieve your goal of starting a business within the culinary or hospitality industry. Scroll down to see our upcoming classes.

Upcoming Classes

Spices for making your own food product.

How to Launch and Market Your Own Food Product

  • Sunday, September 16, 10am-2pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 2

Specialty food products are a $120 billion industry, and one that remains attractive to entrepreneurs both large and small. If you have a recipe or product you'd like to produce or market, whether locally or nationally, there's no time like the present to explore the opportunities. Award-winning marketing and business consultant Terry Frishman has successfully developed concepts, branded, and launched profitable product lines for companies like Kraft, Newsweek, Sarabeth's, and Sylvia's Restaurant—so she knows the territory inside and out! 

A class on how to start a bakery business.

How to Start a Successful Bakery or Baked-Goods Business

  • September 17, 6-8:30pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

If you’re thinking about opening a retail bakery, wholesale bakery, or bakery-related business, you need to understand the keys to success. It’s an exciting time to get into the food business, but it’s also a hazardous undertaking; the failure rate of food-related businesses is a staggering 80%! This essential workshop will focus on the key strategies you need to understand to give yourself a competitive edge and a roadmap to success.

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Sensory Marketing

  • Saturday, September 15, 9am-12pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

This 3-hour class with culinary business consultant Steve Zagor will help you understand how to create key emotional bonds with your customers. The better we are at controlling "brain battle"—the many incitements that rattle around in our brains, causing us to judge, love, hate, and react—the more likely we are to have loyal, high-spending customers.

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How to Consciously Cultivate Your Brand Image

  • Wednesday, September 19, 6:30-8pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 2

We all have a digital footprint. It’s made up of every blog entry, tweet, status update, or photograph that you post. So how should you portray yourself? What do you want people to think of when they hear or read your name? Whom should you associate with to build your status? And, most important, how can you find your story? In this personal branding class with digital media expert Lori Greene, you'll learn exactly how to guide your image to help make brand "you" a success!