The International Culinary Center’s California campus is the ideal place to pursue a culinary education. Supplying more than half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables, California’s breadbasket boasts long growing seasons, world-class wineries, and a savvy and sophisticated population that supports innovation in the culinary arts. At ICC California, you’ll develop a strong foundation of fundamental culinary techniques that will help you build a successful, life-long culinary career.
Attend Cooking School in California’s Silicon Valley
Located in sunny Campbell, California (part of Silicon Valley), ICC’s California campus is nestled midway between the lush Napa Valley vineyards and the bountiful waters of Monterey Bay. Downtown Campbell is home to a variety of restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as healthy supermarkets like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. On Sundays, you can also explore a bounty of locally-grown fresh produce and meat at the Campbell Farmer’s Market.
Less than an hour’s drive from ICC California is San Francisco, one of the nation’s top culinary capitals. Voted “Best Culinary Destination” by Saveur magazine readers in 2014, San Francisco’s restaurant scene, with its amazing local produce and fresh seafood, attract foodies from around the world. Among other things, San Francisco is known for its highly creative chefs, adventurous and inventive cuisine, passionate farm-to-table culture, lively street-food scene, and legendary farmers’ markets.
ICC California is also ideally situated near old California wine country, with easy access to hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley and Sonoma regions. Known worldwide as a premier wine-growing region, Northern California’s wine country and its more than 400 wineries attract millions of wine enthusiasts every year.
As part of ICC California’s Professional Culinary Arts program, you’ll get the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the culinary industry through a paid externship in an established restaurant or food business. In California, our externship sites include:
- Bon Appetit @ Google
- Chez TJ
- Dio Deka
- Michael Mina
- Pebble Beach Resorts
- Pizzera Delfina
- Plumed Horse
- Rich Table
- Rosewood Sand Hill (Madera)
- The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
- The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
- The Village Pub
Culinary Programs at ICC in Silicon Valley
ICC’s California campus includes nine professional kitchens with generous individual workstations for each student. Plus, our low student-to-teacher ratio and unique Total ImmersionSM teaching method guarantee you’ll receive an unrivaled culinary education that will put you on the fast track to success. ICC is proud to offer the following culinary programs at our California campus:
- Professional Culinary Arts Immersion
- Professional Culinary Arts + Farm-To-Table
- Italian Culinary Experience
- Professional Pastry Arts
- Intensive Sommelier Training
One of ICC California’s most exciting culinary programs is the Professional Culinary Arts + Farm-To-Table program, which gives students a unique opportunity to experience the farm-powered kitchen movement firsthand in a state that was among the first leaders of the initiative. With an emphasis on sustainable local agriculture, including how food is grown, raised, packaged and distributed, ICC California’s Farm-To-Table program connects your culinary education to the beginning of the food chain and gives you a competitive edge in the industry after graduation.
No matter which path you pursue, the International Culinary Center’s expert chef-instructors and world-renowned curriculum will prepare you with the education, skills and connections you need to forge your own path in the culinary industry.