ICC’s award-winning Culinary Arts with Externship program instills the building blocks of fine cooking in an intensive 6-14 months. The 600-hour course is divided in 400-hours onsite, plus a 200-hour externship; see details in the Level Chart below.

Professional Culinary Arts At A Glance (hover over timeline):

Knife Skills, Stocks, Sauces

Learn the techniques that will serve as the foundation not just for your time in class, but for your entire culinary career!

Vegetable Cookery

Become versed in taillage (vegetable knife cuts), then move on to techniques including blanching, frying, glazing and more.


Uncover the mysteries of shellfish and fish. Clean, scale, fillet and cook flatfish and roundfish, plus understand how to check for quality and proper storage.

Poultry + Meats

Butcher and clean an array of poultry, beef, pork and lamb and learn ideal cooking methods including poaching, grilling, sautéing, roasting, braising and more.

Game + Organ Meats

Identify varieties of game and organ meats and understand dry vs. wet cooking techniques for different cuts.

Pasta + Risotto

Learn the different processes for making fresh pasta dough and risotto; understand the roles of gluten and starch.

Farces + Culinary Math

Produce stuffings for meat, fish and vegetable dishes, plus learn the essentials of culinary math including costing, scaling and deciding a selling point.

Doughs, Tarts, Cremes

Demonstrate proficiency in making crèmes, custards and distinguish the characteristics between flaky and sweet tart dough and create an array of tarts.

Frozen Desserts, Souffles

Define and create the basic categories of frozen desserts, plus several classic mousse and soufflé preparations.

Sustainability + Seasonality

Discover the importance of both sustainability and seasonality from the perspective of health, the planet and your bottom line.

Family Meal

Continue to sharpen your techniques as your skills grow in organization, time management and teamwork through volume cooking.


Be trained in pork and various other meat fabrications, sausages, pate, galantines, ballotines, gravlax and head cheese as well as develop plating skills.

Action Stations

Practice volume cooking a la minute (made-to-order).

Consistency + Refinement

Welcome to the French brigade! Rotate through different stations on the line and be able to deliver dishes on-time and with consistency.


Put your skills to the test through real-world experience in a paid externship, arranged in conjunction with Career Services based on your personal ambitions.


Return to ICC for a final comprehensive exam and be on your way to graduation!


  • Founded as The French Culinary Institute in 1984, the school is known for its fast-track, Total Immersion
  • Learn more than 250 fundamental techniques, high-volume production, food costing and the skill of replicating a dish in a restaurant simulation
  • Translate these skills to a real-world context in a paid externship
  • Upon graduation, ICC credentials and connections help you to achieve your goal, whether it be working in a world-class kitchen, opening a business in your town or becoming a entrepreneur like alumni Bobby Flay, Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, Daisy Martinez, David Chang and more

“Every day I cook in my restaurants, I’m using the techniques that I learned at ICC. Every day. And I always will for the rest of my life.” –Bobby Flay, Culinary ‘84

The curriculum is guided by legendary chefs, our deans, Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner and Alain Sailhac, and our 20+ full-time culinary chef-instructors have worked in top kitchens. Their focus is on technique—and on YOU. A 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio assures close attention for your success; nearly 90 percent of students graduate.

With this seriousness of purpose comes premium kitchens, individual workstations and support not found at other schools.


Knowing how to cook is one thing; understanding how to develop a business plan is another skill set. That’s why we’ve introduced a portfolio of Culinary Business workshops to round out your education. See more below.


For the last 200 hours of their education, Professional Culinary Arts students get real-world experience through a paid externship. This on-the-job training, based on personal goals discussed with Career Services, may include fine restaurants, hotels, catering, media (publishing, PR firms, TV), food retail and more. During the externship, students keep a journal and receive assessments, which are part of their grade. They return to ICC for a written exam and to graduate.

“To be able to learn from the chefs and staff at Jean-Georges, one of the best restaurants in the world, was an invaluable experience that helped to shape my career. It gives you the opportunity to take what you are learning at ICC, and apply it in a real setting under real pressures to perform with some of the most prestigious chefs.” –Laura Arnold, Culinary '2014


Upon graduation, you receive your Grand Diplôme, a credential that is respected by the top establishments around the globe. An annual commencement ceremony takes place at NYC’s iconic Carnegie Hall. Here, parents, friends, instructors and alumni mark your achievement as they cheer on your class: the next generation of talent.

Find out about our deans and alumni network here.  See information about financial aid and scholarships, and college degree programs with The New School.



  • 600-hour total program (400 hours on-site, 200 hours’ paid externship*)
  • 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Skills workshops in key areas such knife skills, butchering and food costing
  • Culinary Business workshops
  • Application fee, uniform, tool kit, books and supplies
  • "Family meal” prepared by students
  • Chef demonstrations with volunteer opportunities
  • Carnegie Hall commencement
  • Career Services counseling


*Only students authorized to work in the United States will be paid for their externships.

Students taking the Tuesday/Thursday class have the option to finish in 12 or 14 months. Please speak with an Admission Representative for more information.

course information
10-12-15 - 04-15-16 9:30am-3:00pm 6 months CLASS FULL $39,900
10-15-15 - 12-15-16 5:45pm-10:45pm 14 months Tu,Th $32,500
11-09-15 - 08-24-16 5:45pm-10:45pm 9 months M,W,F $34,900
12-09-15 - 06-02-16 9:30am-3:00pm 6 months Mon-Fri $35,900
01-12-16 - 06-30-16 9:30am-3:00pm 6 months Mon-Fri $39,900

For more class dates throughout the year, please contact David Lopez at

  • Level 1

  • Level 2

  • Level 3

  • Level 4


INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY TECHNIQUES Here the standards are set. You'll begin learning the techniques that will serve as the foundation, not just for your time in class, but for your entire culinary career. You'll become oriented with equipment and tools, and the brigade system of organization and teamwork, the core of every serious kitchen.



Salads and vinaigrettes


















Knife Skills:

Learn which knives are best for which jobs, and proper care for them. Through tailiage (cutting vegetables into even sizes and shapes), you'll learn different techniques such as émincer (thin slice), batonnet (small sticks), brunoise (small dice) and paysanne (tile-shaped).

Food Safety:

You’ll gain an understanding of the general rules of hygiene as well as comprehensive food handling and safety issues for a kitchen environment, earning the valuable National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification.

Ingredient Identification and Classification:

Use all your senses as you identify and classify a wide range of proteins, vegetables, starches, grains, herbs and spices.

Stocks and Sauces:

Learn how to combine humble ingredients, such as bones from chicken, beef, veal or fish, with aromatic vegetables and herbs to create brown, white, fish, marmite and vegetable stocks—and how to marry stocks with binding elements, such as starches and proteins, to create the five “mother” sauces: velouté, Espagnole, hollandaise, béchamel and tomato, as well many of their derivatives.

Food preservation:

Brining, pickling, confit and dehydration used to prevent food from spoiling in pre-refrigeration days; today, we rely on these methods for the complex flavors they infuse into dishes.

BUILDING CULINARY FOUNDATIONS Expand upon the knowledge developed in Level 1 as you continue to practice cooking, butchering and knife skills. Your chef-instructors will encourage you to think critically about the composition of your plates—a skill that will be increasingly important as you move closer to cooking in a real-world setting.




Offal and Forcemeats


Grains and Pasta

Doughs and Tarts

Mousses and Soufflés











Seasonality, Sustainability and Nutrition:

A modern chef needs to connect to the source of his/her ingredients, harnessing the optimal flavor of seasonal and sustainable products. Also covered: nutrition basics and the principles for healthy, balanced meals.

Cheese, Wine and Spirits:

Gain insight into the cheese-making process, as well how to classify a vast assortment of cheeses; sample, select and serve the correct portion size; and how wine and spirits complement the dining experience.

Food Costing and Menu Planning:

For all the creativity that goes into being a chef, it’s essential to understand the financial health of your operation. You’ll learn about recipe development and costing, menu development and pricing, as well as how to determine the costs that go into food prep and service to make wise business decisions.

Menu and Plating Design:

Explore how composition, garnishes, sauces and color add to a dish. You’ll also spend time looking at the bigger picture, learning how aesthetics and practical issues factor into menu composition.

BUFFET, CHARCUTERIE AND VOLUME COOKING You’ve made it through the midway point and are ready to tackle new challenges in the kitchen! Level 3 is comprised of two volume-cooking sections, which will give you and your classmates the opportunity to continue to sharpen your techniques as you grow your skills in organization, time management and teamwork.


Budget and Execute Themed Buffet for 50 Guests

Pork Shoulder Fabrication

Charcuterie: Sausages, Pate, Galantines, Balantines, Gravlax, Head Cheese

Companion Condiments

Platter Design and Presentation

Manage Station and Serve Guests



Action Stations Day

Professionalism Workshop


Preparing Daily “Family Meal” for Students and Staff using creative license, while practicing techniques learned to-date

Seasonal and International Dishes

Meal Planning

Portion Sizing

Kitchen Math Skills

SKILLS FOR CONSISTENCY AND REFINEMENT Level 4 introduces you to the French brigade, a system of kitchen organization prevalent throughout the restaurant industry. Students are required to deliver dishes both on time and consistently to chef-instructors. You’ll receive important feedback that can be applied to future situations.


Garde Manger (salads and cold preparations)

Poissoner (fish and seafood)

Saucier (sauces and meat)

Pâtissier (pastry and desserts)




Low-temperature Cooking

Build on Butchery, Filleting and Boning


Sautéed Skate Wing with Brown Butter, Capers, Lemon and Croutons

Grilled Salmon with White Wine Herb Sauce

Beef Bourguignon with Fresh Egg Noodles

Pork Chop with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Cream Puffs with Chantilly Cream

Pots de Crème with Tuiles

Lemon Tart

Now comes the moment when you'll put all the skills you've learned to the test in the food industry: your externship. The program provides vocational experience in established restaurants, hotels, catering companies, media properties and more, as ICC’s Career Services partners with you to find an ideal match of your talent and ambition. Students receive course credit and a grade for this mandatory segment based on your journal documenting the experience, plus feedback from the chefs or department heads at your externship who share a mid-point and final assessment of your work. Upon completion of the 200-hour externship, students return to ICC for a comprehensive written exam, meeting with Student Services and graduation.

A sampling of paid externship sites:



Del Posto

Gramercy Tavern

Momofuku Ko

Blue Hill/Blue Hill Stone Barns





Olivier Chang

Great Performance

Scoozi Events



The Meatball Shop

Indiana Market and Catering



The Food Network


Good Housekeeping


Corporate/Hotels/Private Clubs:

Dream Hotel-Downtown

The Standard Hotel-East

The Compass Group

The Cornell Club

business workshops

Knowing how to cook is one thing; understanding how to develop a business plan is another skill set. That’s why we’ve introduced a portfolio of Culinary Business workshops, from business plan 101 to culinary careers outside the kitchen. Take one or all these optional offerings during your time at school and post-graduation, to boost your business IQ. Click on current workshops below for more information. Workshops are available in-person in the International Culinary Theater, scheduled in a rotation of topics, and are available online through the student/alumni portal*.

*Each workshop topic is held approximately once annually and becomes available online after the first offering. Students interested in a topic not held during their program dates can view the workshop online at any time, including after graduation

Discover a broader scope of opportunities in the culinary world, from restaurants to specialty food stores to food trucks. Understand the measure of a successful food business including developing a concept, feasibility, organization, resources and tools.

This class provides the background, guidance and templates needed to start writing your own business plan—an essential document to secure funding and open a business. All phases and components of the business plan are covered, from executive summary and financials to market analysis and marketing.

Learn how to understand and use financial statements, including profit and loss statements, to build and scale your business. The class encompasses the basics of P&L statements, balance sheets, factors of revenue, types of expenses and financial definitions to help give you a firm grasp of the numbers.

How to develop and tell your story, create an identity, establish key relationships and fully maximize social media in this marketing primer.

An ICC graduate gives the keys to starting your own private chef enterprise. The class highlights business basics like billing, rates and expenses, as well as food sourcing, menu development and private event planning. Learn how to conduct business in a private home, impressing your clients while maintaining a sense of professionalism.

Learn about the importance of a beverage program and how it can be instrumental in the profitability of your food business. Wine list design, beverage program management, purchasing, costing and inventory are covered, along with the challenges and benefits of building a beverage program.

Aspiring chefs need to be as comfortable in front of the camera as behind a stove. Learn tricks of the trade from Executive Chef of the Food Network (and ICC grad), Robert Bleifer, now Adjunct Dean of Food Media at ICC.

Dream of opening your own food business? Current ICC Career students and alumni who graduate within 12 months of our Culinary Entrepreneurship program start dates are eligible to receive 15% off the tuition price of the Culinary Entrepreneurship course. All other Career alumni are eligible to receive 10% off the tuition price of the Culinary Entrepreneurship course.

The International Culinary Center is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The full-time day program is open to enrollment by M-1 nonimmigrant students. In accordance with US Department of Education requirements, the International Culinary Center discloses certain educational, labor, and financial statistics related to this program. View disclosure for daytime and evening schedules.

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