It’s never too early to begin pursuing your dreams of becoming a chef, owning your own bakery or running your own restaurant. High school students with a passion for cooking can start planning a career in the culinary arts at International Culinary Center, where they can learn cooking techniques and fundamentals to prepare them for the professional kitchen.

Your Future in Food Begins at ICC

If you’re looking for alternatives to the traditional college environment and have a passion for cooking, ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts and Professional Pastry Arts programs can provide you with a culinary education and marketable professional skills in 6-14 months.

Both the NYC and California schools have received the top rating—School of Excellence Awards—from ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) and ICC has been named the top vocational cooking school for multiple years by the industry leader, IACP. We are the school where serious food talents begin their careers. Bobby Flay was just 19 years old when he graduated from the International Culinary Center!

Our professional programs on both campuses admit new students on a rolling basis with starting dates throughout the year. Check the next available starting dates on each program’s page or explore additional career program requirements to find out when you can get started at ICC.

For high school students not yet graduating, ICC also offers a Culinary Camp for Teens ages 13-18 in both New York and California in addition to a Summer Cooking Camp. ICC’s Pastry Camp for Teens in NY and CA also gives aspiring young chefs the opportunity to learn baking skills from the ground up.

“They’re always very warm and inviting, everyone is very helpful…The chefs here are very knowledgeable and patient…I love that you can choose from different schedules so it fits your life…Bottom line: ICC is fantastic and you should go. Now!” —review from student on College Prowler

Fast Prep for Your Dream Job in the Culinary Industry

Our hands-on Total Immersion curriculum has you cooking or baking from day one. We teach you fundamental culinary and pastry techniques then keep building on those skills. You’ll graduate with a Grand Diplome culinary certificate, recognized in world-class kitchens, ready to earn a salary and get a jump on the competition. “International” is part of our name, and our network of 15,000-plus culinary school graduates translate into worldwide connections.

“It was somewhere in the middle of my junior year of high school when I decided to take my love of cooking and transform it into a career.” —high school graduate 

Small School, Big Skills

Our chef-instructors are accomplished in their own right —we have also worked with Columbia University Teachers College to understand the keys to different learning styles, adapting those teaching methods to the culinary classroom kitchen. The result is a supportive environment —with class sizes featuring a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio for individualized attention —where culinary students develop the most important skill of all: confidence to succeed in the real world.

Culinary students learn more than 250 techniques and get genuine work experience before they graduate. Our students also participate in externships at well-known restaurants and industry establishments like Del Posto, Gramercy Tavern, Food Network and more. Pastry Arts students receive 600 hands-on, on-site instructional hours, plus have the inside track to intern at one of ICC dean Jacques Torres’ premium chocolate businesses. Other internships for pastry students have included opportunities at the renowned Dominique Ansel Bakery and Ron Ben-Israel Cakes.

“The head chef-instructor makes us feel equal…The chef’s walk around and give individual attention to any, one person at a time.”  —review from student on College Prowler

Explore our Culinary School Campuses in New York and California

Whether you’re getting your culinary education at our school in the SoHo neighborhood in NYC or in the hills of Silicon Valley, California, our two campuses provide high school students the same intensive, professional programs to prepare them for cooking and baking careers in the real world.

Both schools offer learning beyond the classroom, from frequent guest chef demos (including chefs John Besh, Jacques Pepin, Judy Joo, Seamus Mullen, Ron Ben-Israel, to name a few) and clubs to volunteer opportunities for local events assisting well-known chefs.

Tour Our New York City Campus

Located in Soho—just steps from Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side—the New York campus has the vibrant charm of cobblestone streets, chic shopping and eclectic restaurants in a hip, historic neighborhood. Explore the opportunities available to students getting their culinary arts education in NYC.

Tour our California Campus

Our West Coast school in Campbell offers California sunshine, farmers markets, proximity to tech titans like Google and Facebook and a view of the mountains from the kitchens. Learn about our California campus straight from our culinary students in the program.


Culinary School Graduation at Carnegie Hall

Culinary and pastry graduates are invited to participate in ICC’s commencement, held in the landmark Carnegie Hall each year. Friends and family in the audience are encouraged to applaud wildly as you walk across the stage commemorating the reception of your Grand Diplôme.

Culinary + A College Degree with The New School

If getting your college degree along with your culinary education is a goal, ICC’s partnership with The New School gives you a golden chance to transfer ICC credits—as many as 60 toward a bachelor’s, 30 for an associate degree—giving you a tremendous head start and entry into a prestigious NYC university. Flexible schedules and online courses are available.

Tapping our Culinary Career Services Network

Today’s culinary jobs are diverse. Would you like to work on the line in a restaurant, put your love of culinary science to work in recipe development? Is owning a bakery your dream, or styling shots for food photography? Our Career Services team will assist you in connecting your ambitions with our hiring network across the globe. Culinary industry employers are quick to hire candidates trained at ICC. Career Services will help you every step of the way, from resume writing to interviewing and bringing employers to our doorstep with Career Fairs. And you can count on ongoing job placement services long after you graduate ICC.

Ready to Learn More about Our Culinary School?

To get more information about the International Culinary Center Experience, please contact an admission representativeschedule a tour online or call one of our two campuses. Call 888.324.2433 to contact our New York office or 866.318.2433 to contact our California office. You can also explore our online resources to get more information about on-campus housing options, financial aid —including Parent Plus loans and more— and scholarships available to high school graduates getting ready to begin their culinary arts education at ICC.