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, June 24, 10am-2pm
  • 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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Turn Your Side Hustle into $$$

  • Saturday, August 11, 9am-12pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

Have tons of friends and family asked you to make a kids’ birthday cake, bottle your special jelly or iced tea, or cater a dinner party? Are you seriously considering doing this for a living instead of your current nine-to-five? Do you dream of starting a side hustle that might one day become a full-time business? In this one-morning class, Steve Zagor will help you answer the questions you should know before you leap. He’ll help you develop a strategy to turn your passion into a bona fide business. Steve will walk you through the legal considerations of cooking from your own kitchen, and the biggest consideration of all: how much cash do you need to fund your dream? You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of what it means to really be an entrepreneur, as well as a road map to get you there.

A student presents a business plan in a food business management class

Business Plans for Food Concepts

  • Monday July 9, 6-8:30pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

This workshop will focus on the basics of an effective business plan for any type of food concept—be it a restaurant, bakery, catering business, packaged food product, or food truck. Anyone serious about starting a food operation needs to have a serious business plan as their road map! They also need key advice on raising the funds necessary to begin the process. A business plan provides an edge to the entrepreneur in this highly competitive marketplace.

A student presents his business concept during a food business management class

Home Cooking to Home Business and Beyond: A Strategy Session

  • Saturday, June 2, 2-5pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

Have any of the following happened to you? In your mind, you are the next Iron Chef. That family recipe for lasagna gets raves from your foodie friends. Baking is your life. Your kids and work colleagues line up for seconds and thirds. Living gluten-free limits your restaurant experience; if only a place would open nearby. That little home catering business you started on the side is more in demand than ever. If one or more of these situations is fueling the urge to turn a culinary passion, hobby, or avocation into a business, then this three-hour session may a be quick way to turn up the flames.

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How to Open a Specialty Food Shop

  • Saturday, July 21, 9am-1pm
  • $100 • 1 session • Level 1

If you have an idea for a specialty food store, this course will help you to evaluate and develop your idea into a real business! From concept and niche marketing to controlling costs and making money, food marketing and management expert Stephen Zagor will teach you exactly how to navigate all the pitfalls of opening your own business.

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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!