Olive Oil Sommelier Certification: Course Two CA

Level 2 will look closely at olive oil production processes and how they affect specific sensory characteristics. This 3-day course will delve into international grades and standards for olive oil including testing methods, quality standards and supply chain considerations. You’ll examine olive oil chemistry while exploring the world of olive cultivars. With an emphasis on advanced sensory assessment techniques, you’ll taste samples from around the world to hone the skills needed to detect oil defects and quality characteristics.

This 3-day course marks the completion of the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Courses. Those who complete both levels and meet proficiency benchmarks will receive their Olive Oil Sommelier Certificate in the mail after the course concludes.

Executive Director, Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program: Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times and president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
  • Olive oil chemistry
  • Harvest and production best practices
  • Advanced tasting techniques & sensory memory
  • Sensory assessment
  • Olive cultivars
  • Olive oil defects and quality characteristics
  • Food pairing
  • Testing methods
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Books and supplies
  • Certified cobalt tasting glass
  • Certificate of completion at course end

Note: Olive Oil Sommelier Certification is a two-course comprehensive, certification series. As a pre-requisite, successful completion of Course 1 is required prior to attending this course. Click here for information on Course One.

About Olive Oil Times Education Lab:

The Olive Oil Times Education Lab supports projects that foster a greater understanding of olive oil through collaborative initiatives with partner organizations. Olive Oil Times is an independent online publication, and the leading source of olive oil industry news and information.

CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Olive Oil Sommelier Certification: Course One CA

In this first level, 3-day course, we will examine the history and cultivation of the olive tree and delve into harvest and methods used in olive oil production. We will taste samples from around the world and learn to recognize olive oil defects and sensory attributes.

Executive Director, Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program: Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times and president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
  • Olive tree history, cultivation and harvesting
  • Production and processing
  • Grades and standards
  • Sensory assessment
  • Introduction to olive oil chemistry
  • Olive cultivars
  • Olive oil defects and positive attributes
  • Shelf-life and quality management
  • Advanced tasting techniques and food pairing
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Books and supplies
  • Certified cobalt tasting glass
  • Certificate of completion at course end

Note: Olive Oil Sommelier Certification is a two-course comprehensive, certification series. Completion of both courses is required for certification. Click here for information on Course 2.

About Olive Oil Times Education Lab:

The Olive Oil Times Education Lab supports projects that foster a greater understanding of olive oil through collaborative initiatives with partner organizations. Olive Oil Times is an independent online publication, and the leading source of olive oil industry news and information.

CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Essentials of Pastry Arts: California

This hands-on, 5 session course is designed for students who have a serious interest in the pastry arts. Subject matter includes mixing methods and classifications; decorating techniques; chocolate tempering; and baking.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Session 1: Tarts & Cookies
  • Understanding how to scale and proper mise-en-place
  • Mixing methods, including “creaming” and “cut-in”
  • Recipes include diamants (French butter cookies), apple tart, pâte brisée and apple compote
Session 2: Pâte à Choux
  • Understanding mechanical leavening
  • Methods of making pâte à choux and pâte à glacer
  • Learning about starch-bound custards
  • Piping and glazing methods
  • Recipes include pâte à choux, gougères and éclairs
Session 3: Cakes – Day 1
  • Understanding  foam and liquid-fat cake mixing methods
  • Learning about stirred custards
  • Understanding mousses
  • Working with gelatin sheets
  • Recipes include cupcakes, charlotte Russe and biscuits à la cuillère
Session 4: Cakes – Day 2
  • Understanding Swiss meringue and buttercream
  • Using buttercream to build layered cakes
  • Working with rolled fondant
  • Learning proper piping techniques
  • Recipes include crème Chantilly, hi-ratio chocolate cake, Swiss meringue buttercream
Session 5: Chocolate
  • Learn about chocolate manufacturing and types of chocolate
  • Learn chocolate tempering
  • Create chocolate candies and decorations
  • Recipes include mendiants and rochers
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
  • “Family meal” prepared by culinary program students (weekdays)

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CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Introduction to Cake Decorating: California

Creating a three-tiered cake is no easy feat. Cake construction and decorating requires being an adept baker, and knowing the finer points of piping and sugar paste work. In this 5-day, hands-on cake course, you’ll gain these skills and more from experienced cake decorators.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Designed to take the skills of any baker to the next level, you’ll learn the basic principles of cake, frostings and cake construction, and then apply them to assemble a three-tier masterpiece of your own, embellished with simple and complex techniques using rolled fondant and royal icing.

Each class begins with a brief discussion of recipes and techniques. Then, you’ll roll up your sleeves and get to work, learning how to:

  • Prepare classic white cake and Swiss buttercream
  • Construct and use paper cornets to decorate with piped royal icing
  • Create rosettes, shells, snails, and more
  • Apply rolled fondant for cake covering, bands, bows, quilting, molding, cut-outs and crimping
  • Assemble cake layers and stack cakes with dowels
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
  • “Family meal” prepared by culinary program students (weekdays)
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Knife Skills, Deboning & Filleting : California

From taillage to chiffonade, quartering a chicken to cooking in parchment, filleting a fish to sauce-making, get a hands-on primer on more than a dozen fundamental knife and cooking skills.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Sharpen your knives—and your skills—with this three-session class designed to give you greater consistency, confidence and precision in the kitchen. Understanding the correct way of holding and using a knife, you’ll start with basic vegetable cuts, progressing to julienne, chiffonade and other advanced skills, including learning how to break down and quarter whole chickens and fillet whole fish. Blanching, roasting and sautéing, emulsions and making sauces all promise to be game-changers in your kitchen long after the class ends.

TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
  • “Family meal” prepared by culinary program students (weekdays)
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Essentials of Italian Cooking : California

In this course centered on authenticity and aptitude, your immersion begins on day one, and the fast-paced learning and excitement never let up. Under the watchful eye of passionate chef-instructors, you’ll learn to craft wonderful stocks and sauces, produce fresh Italian breads and pastas, and become well-versed at cooking an assortment of traditional beef, chicken, fish and vegetable dishes.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

You’ll train at your own personal workstation in a large, airy instructional kitchen designed specifically for Italian cooking. Each class begins with a brief discussion of the theory and techniques behind the day’s lesson, but the majority of your time will be spent in the kitchen doing, not watching. Just imagine being dressed in chef’s whites, growing in skill and confidence as you learn the keys to prepare authentic Italian cuisine!

In five sessions, you’ll cover the defining tastes and techniques of Italian cooking that are then yours for a lifetime of sharing with family and friends.

  • Dried and fresh pastas
  • Cheese
  • Pizza and calzone
  • Vegetable, seafood and meat antipasti
  • Stocks and sauce-making
  • Soups and beans
  • Italian grains
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Essentials of Fine Cooking: California

Transform your culinary abilities in just five exciting hands-on sessions, and you’ll soon be a star in your own kitchen, turning out wonderful meals.

You’ll love every minute of this hands-on experience, whether you are deftly slicing an onion, gently poaching a fish or creating one of the many classic dishes contained in the curriculum. Using ICC’s trademark Total ImmersionSM method, you’ll learn from the same dynamic chef-instructors who train our career students. You’ll find yourself picking up new techniques, skills and recipes faster than you thought possible. Best of all, you’ll leave with memories of the experience, plus culinary gifts which you—and your very lucky guests—can enjoy for a lifetime.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

During this intense 25-hour class, you’ll learn to create delicious recipes—great dishes designed to wow your guests and let you practice your skills. Each one is as challenging as it is delicious, and you’ll get the focused attention you need to make them all shine. As you make the various recipes, you’ll acquire the skills and techniques for:

  • Marinades and sauces
  • Poaching and grilling
  • Roasting and sautéing poultry
  • Braising
  • Preparing shellfish in sauce
  • Kitchen hygiene, safety and methodology
  • Safe and effective knife work
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Chocolate Candy & Confections: California

Chocoholics, rejoice! Develop the skill to make outstanding chocolate desserts including truffles, bonbons, chocolate-dipped toffee and more in this five-session class.

If a trip to the gourmet chocolate shop makes your heart beat faster, the opportunity is here to create confections as good—dare we say even better?—in your own kitchen. This intensive course is, quite simply, paradise for chocolate lovers. You’ll learn the tricks behind tempering and working with chocolate, and discover how to mold and dip chocolate to make irresistible delights, including truffles, chocolate-dipped toffee, raspberry squares, bars and bonbons.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Inspired by ICC’s proven Total ImmersionSM training method, this intensive, hands-on course on the art of chocolate was developed to deliver a wide range of skills in a manageable amount of time, and gives students access to the same modern facilities and accomplished chef-instructors who have made ICC so renowned.

Each class begins with a brief discussion of the science, theory and techniques behind chocolate, but the majority of your time will be spent in the kitchen doing, not watching.

You’ll learn:

  • How to become proficient with the proper tools used in chocolate work
  • The science of chocolate tempering
  • Understanding how chocolate is made, including harvesting and manufacturing
  • Dipping and molding chocolates
  • Creating simple decorative chocolate pieces of your own
  • Filling and decorating chocolate candies
  • Designing a customized box to showcase your original chocolate creations
  • Proper techniques for storing chocolate
TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Charcuterie & Pâtés : California

Imagine, if you will, the aromas as you walk into an amazing butchery filled with fresh sausages, cured duck, pates, ham and more.  Now imagine if you could make those things yourself and amaze your guests with beautifully arranged charcuterie plates at your next gathering.  At ICC, you can learn elements of the craft of the charcutier, a trade that has been around for centuries. Don your own set chef’s whites, enter our professional kitchens and learn as chef-instructors share the techniques, tips and trade secrets that took them years to ascertain.

Getting a taste of life as a charcutier doesn’t have to take a big bite out of your schedule, however; by simply following our trademark Total ImmersionSM training method, you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll gain in just 15 class hours.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

You’ll walk away with hands-on knowledge to make fresh-cured bacon, ham, fresh sausages, pâtés, pork rillettes and duck confit. Among the subjects discussed will be the traditions of charcuterie; an overview of pig anatomy and butchery; methods used to salt, smoke and cure meats; and techniques of working with seasonings, casings and more.

TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
Check Back Soon

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Breakfast Breads & Pastries : California

LEARN TO MASTER BREAKFAST BREADS WITH AVERY RUZICKA OF MANRESA BREAD

There are few better phrases than “baked fresh daily”! Learn the secrets of the perfect pastry from Avery Ruzicka, ICC grad and Head Baker/Partner of Manresa Bread in Los Gatos. Early risers and night owls alike will appreciate this intensive 25-hour course focused on homemade breakfast breads and pastries. You’ll improve your skills immeasurably and gain a basic understanding of baking theory and practice that can translate to a world of pastries and breads.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Under the expert guidance of our instructors in our state-of-the-art kitchens, you’ll apply the same baking techniques used by professional chefs in restaurants and bakeries to make picture-perfect crumb muffins studded with fruit, savory scones, nutty toasted granola and glazed sticky buns. You’ll conquer the complexities of laminated dough for flaky croissants and Danish, mixing methods for quick bread batter and shape yeast dough into stunning loaves of sweet breads.

TUITION INCLUDES
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
ABOUT CHEF AVERY RUZICKA

Avery Ruzicka was attending college in Chapel Hill, NC, when she felt the pull of the kitchen and enrolled in culinary school. She completed ICC’s Culinary Arts program in 2010, then focused her passion on the Art of International Bread Baking, graduating in 2011. After graduating, she trained with master baker Ben Herschberger at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, and Bouchon, then made her way to the West Coast. She landed at Manresa, David Kinch’s revered restaurant, working front-of-house until a baker spot was available. Avery spearheaded The Manresa Bread Project in 2013, selling out her expansive stock of artisanal breads at various local farmer’s market. Today, the Head Bread Baker can be found at the new brick-and-mortar Manresa Bread in Los Gatos and Los Altos, CA.  In 2016, Avery was awarded with ICC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Excellence in Bread Baking.

CLASS SCHEDULES
None Scheduled.
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Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 866.318.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.