The Culinary Experience That Puts You On The Cutting Edge
Study Abroad in Italy or Spain
Top chefs know that Total Immersion—in the culture, history, products, and people of the world’s celebrated food regions—is critical to stand apart in today’s competitive landscape.
At the International Culinary Center, we believe that a truly comprehensive education must go beyond the kitchen’s four walls. Real world exposure to the nuances and complexity of cuisine is essential for creating food that is authentic—and authenticity is a quality that defines the most talented chefs in the world.
The International Culinary Center’s study abroad programs give students crucial context—taking you to food’s origins as you learn from the best to be the best.
Italy or Spain—we let you experience the markets, artisans, restaurants, farms, and vineyards that differentiate the culture and give the cuisine its unique flavor. Total Immersion infuses your education with a sense of place, an understanding of history, and an appreciation for the source of ingredients that’s invaluable to your career. Renowned chefs set the standard for our curriculum, and talented chef-instructors guide students through the most in-depth culinary education available.
Our study abroad programs are where top chefs are made—and where students gain the competitive edge to launch the careers they’ve always dreamed of.
Created by Dean and master Italian chef Cesare Casella, we offer the most authentic Italian studies programs in America. The program begins in our state-of-the-art kitchens in New York or California and end in Italy—immersing you not only in Italian cuisine, but also in the language and culture. Our program covers Italy’s 20 regions as thoroughly as they cover its diversity of flavors. We introduce you to everything from fundamental techniques to desserts and even wines.Italy Intensive Program: This in-depth program features ten weeks of instruction in New York or California and a 19-week intensive in Italy that combine to create an unparalleled education in authentic Italian cuisine. Here you’ll learn first-hand from acclaimed Italian chefs at ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine led by Gualtiero Marchesi, the first-ever Italian chef to be awarded three Michelin® stars. You’ll progress from the classroom to your own stage restaurant—all the while absorbing the beauty, local culture, and indigenous ingredients that distinguish Italian cooking. Our Italy Intensive is for students who want to thrive and be transformed through the ultimate culinary experience.
Designed under the direction of acclaimed chef José Andrés, our dean of Spanish cuisine and a multiple James Beard Award Winner who was named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People in 2012, our Spanish Culinary Arts program is an extraordinary intensive that immerses you in Spanish culture to learn its traditional and avant-garde cuisine.
The curriculum, created in collaboration with Colman Andrews, author of Catalan Cuisine, includes ten weeks of instruction in NY followed by a weeklong immersion in Spain under the tutelage of master chef-instructors, putting you at the center of the vibrant and dynamic Spanish food scene.
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