Thinking about starting a career as a professional chef? Culinary school can help you get there! The International Culinary Center is a global leader in culinary education, offering unique Total ImmersionSM  professional programs and job placement in the top restaurants in America. Learn more about the requirements for becoming a professional chef and the world-class culinary education that ICC provides aspiring chefs.

Chef Education Requirements

Professional chefs usually start in the kitchen as line cooks, but with experience progress to more advanced positions such as sous chefs, chefs de cuisine and executive chefs. Education is not strictly required to become a chef, though many successful chefs attended culinary school to launch their careers.

Formal Chef-Training Programs

Aspiring chefs who attend culinary school gain confidence, practice, and vital hands-on training in the kitchen. Students of ICC’s culinary program receive a comprehensive education, covering more than 200 techniques fundamental to cooking as a profession, as well as knife skills, the art of plating, food safety and sanitation, high-volume cooking, and nutrition. The International Culinary Center offers unique 6-month and 9-month diploma-granting programs in Professional Culinary Arts, while some other schools offer 2-year associates degrees or 4-year bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts.

Culinary School Requirements

You must be at least 17 years of age to enroll in ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program. Proof of high school graduation or GED, as well as English language proficiency is required for ICC culinary school students. Previous kitchen experience is not required.

Start Your Culinary Career Today

Students of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program are in the kitchen cooking from day one under the watchful eyes of accomplished chef-instructors, learning from a curriculum established by world-renowned deans such as Jacques Pepin, André Soltner and Cesare Casella. The result: aspiring chefs leave with the credentials and connections (with help from ICC’s Career Services) to pursue careers as professional chefs. For more information about requirements for becoming a chef and enrolling at the International Culinary Center, simply complete the form on this page.

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