Pursue a Creative Pastry Career

Discover the No. 1 Ranked Culinary School in America*

In 8-12 months, a life change can happen — that’s how long it takes to earn a Pastry & Baking Arts diploma at the Institute of Culinary Education. ICE’s alumni are thriving in every facet of the culinary field — from restaurants and bakeries, to custom cake businesses, French patisseries and parlours, ice cream and chocolate concepts, and more!

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Combine Art, Science and Technique

  • Craft a range of pastries, cookies, plated desserts, bread, cake and chocolate.
  • Practice making dough-based products, from strudels and tarts to puff pastries.
  • Prepare yeast-raised classics like bagels, brioche, pizza and baguettes.
  • Study essential techniques, theories, ratios and formulas.
  • Make fillings, fondant, icing and buttercream on your way to decorating a final cake with gum paste flowers, tier assembly and your own creativity.

Excellence at ICE

  • Chef-instructors from prominent pastry positions and baking businesses.
  • Culinary technology labs outfitted with a tandoor, hearth oven, vertical rotisserie and modernist equipment at each campus.
  • Management training for bakery operators and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Hands-on externships and networking opportunities with 50+ placement sites.
  • Stellar job placement services and ongoing alumni support.

Dual Diploma Opportunity

  • ICE’s programs and schedules are designed to accommodate students studying Pastry & Baking Arts at the same time as Restaurant & Culinary Management — with a valuable tuition incentive — for those aspiring to own, operate or manage a pastry or baking business.

Our New York City campus offers advanced opportunities for creativity and community:

  • Ranked the "No. 1 Culinary School in America"*
  • The first education-focused bean-to-bar chocolate lab in the country.
  • An indoor hydroponic garden growing herbs, edible flowers and more ingredients.
  • Polyscience equipment for research and development.
  • Digital course materials.

Our Los Angeles campus offers a local, vibrant food scene that thrives on innovation:

  • Opened in March 2018, offering the same six- to 12-month Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Health-Supportive Culinary Arts, and Restaurant & Culinary Management programs. Named an ACCSC School of Excellence in 2019.
  • Globally inspired curriculum that reflects the local culture, diversity and flavor of the Los Angeles food scene, featuring recipes from famous local chefs.
  • Option to attend school in Los Angeles and extern in New York City or vice versa.