Italian Culinary Experience
Amore. That's what the Italian Culinary Experience is all about—a deep and abiding love for the vibrant and authentic traditions of Italy’s treasured cuisine. In this immersive seven-month program, you will study cooking hands-on in New York City and Colorno, Italy, learning principles vital to understanding the essence of Italian cooking. This experience will forever change the way you think about food, and about life.
Authenticity from Day One
“The only way you can truly understand Italian cooking is to immerse yourself in the culture, land, language and regional cuisine of Italy.”
—Chef Cesare Casella, Dean of Italian Studies, ICC
Authenticity, curiosity and dedication lie at the core of The Italian Culinary Experience. As one of the most hands-on programs available anywhere, this intensive course will transform your passion for Italian food into a highly skilled and deeply informed expertise. Designed by world-renowned Tuscan chef Cesare Casella, this program divides your time between two culinary capitals, [California’s Bay area] New York City and the famed Emilia-Romagna region, to provide one of the most exciting and comprehensive training ever created for the aspiring Italian cook.
Study in New York
From the moment you arrive at our prestigious New York campus, you’ll be preparing for Italy. In ten fast-paced weeks, you’ll dive into Italian cooking fundamentals, authentic ingredients, traditional dishes and Italian language. Beyond ciao and ravioli, this segment of the program immerses you in the essential building blocks of Italian cuisine. Under the close tutelage of our experienced chef-instructors, with a low student-teacher ratio, you’ll gain a serious working knowledge of classic dishes ranging from antipasti to la dolce.
Study in Italy
Then you’re off to Italy! For nine exhilarating weeks, you’ll study at our partner school, ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine near Parma, where you’ll expand your knowledge with history, more language and the country itself. Visits from master chefs will reveal Italy’s incredible culinary diversity. Field trips will take you to the sources of authentic Italian cuisine: regional farms, factories and vineyards that employ traditional methods of harvesting, cultivation and refinement. As you taste and explore the local abundance—such elements as truffles, olive oil, wine, balsamic vinegar, Prosciutto di Parma and, of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese—your approach to ingredients and cooking will change forever.
Work in Italy
Week 20 marks the beginning of a stage arranged with a highly rated Italian chef in his/her restaurant. You will work in a real-world setting, improving your techniques and comprehension every day. (The experience is so extraordinary, many of our students stay on for as long as five months.) When finished, you will have a renowned restaurant on your resume and vast knowledge at your command. Students then return to ALMA for a final practical exam evaluated by a panel of esteemed Italian chefs and chef-instructors. You’ll graduate with the tools to create authentic Italian cuisine to pursue your professional dreams in the culinary industry.
Turn Your Passion for Italian Cooking into College Credits at The New School
Graduates of our Italian Culinary Experience program whose GPAs are 3.0 (equivalent to an 85% cumulative average) or higher can now transfer 22 credits towards a
Bachelor of Arts or Science from The New School for Public Engagement, a division of The New School—one of the foremost private universities in New York City. A total of 60 credits from International Culinary Center programs may be applied towards the 120 credit requirement for a degree in Liberal Arts from The New School for Public Engagement.
To get started, speak to your admission representative about how to start earning credits today. Click here to learn more about college credit opportunities in our other programs.
Recent Military Veterans & Their Spouses
Veterans and surviving family members of veterans whose deaths or disabilities were service connected may be eligible for educational benefits, including funds made available through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Additionally, honorably discharged military veterans may apply for International Culinary Center Veterans Tuition Scholarships. Speak to an admission representative for more information.
Students who pay in full the total cost of tuition for this program are eligible for a $500 paid-in-full credit. The entire tuition due must be paid in full by cash, check, or credit card upon enrollment or no later than one week prior to the start date.
Explore Your Financial Aid Options
We have a dedicated team of advisers on hand to help qualified students identify and apply for sources of financial aid funding. To get started, visit the Financial Aid section of the website or contact us for more information.