Where great food begins.
The International Culinary Center has joined forces with Chef Dan Barber and Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to launch this new, ground-breaking program.
Watch the video to hear from alum Chef Dan Barber and ICC Founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton.
A GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAM
In collaboration with ICC alumnus Chef Dan Barber, this extension of the Professional Culinary Arts program develops your sense of stewardship with ground-breaking education and workshops certain to change you cook and look at sustainability.
YOUR PATH TO BECOMING A CHEF OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Begin with ICC’s unique Total ImmersionSM approach
In our Professional Culinary Arts program, you’ll be immersed in the classic cooking techniques that form the building blocks of Western cuisine from Day One. Your educators are chef-instructors who are passionate, accomplished leaders eager to share their expertise, and you’ll enjoy the kind of hands-on experience, personal attention, and support that can really build your confidence and skills. And thanks to The ICC’s unique Total ImmersionSM approach, you’ll amass an incredible amount of knowledge and ability in a very short amount of time.
In 600 hours of training, The ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program combines both hands-on instruction and theory into one comprehensive program. Each class begins with a short lesson from your chef-instructor, who will outline terminology, relevant food history, the reasons behind various cooking techniques, and the rationale behind following procedures in a specific order.
Then, let’s take it outside
The Culinary Arts + Farm-To-Table program builds upon your new found skills and techniques by connecting your training as a chef to the beginning of the food chain. The program begins in the kitchens of our Soho, NYC campus, where our Professional Culinary Arts curriculum teaches you 250 fundamental techniques, high-volume production, food costing and the skill of replicating a dish.
From early in the program, your classroom will extend outside the classroom to destinations such as an urban farm, a dairy farm, a NYC green market and an award-winning winery. And because our network is so powerful, your education will conclude with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: participation in the Farm-Powered Kitchen™ field trip.
*Field trips dependent on seasonality and subject to change.
The Farm Powered Kitchen™
After completing the Professional Culinary Arts program, students take their education to the field. Your hosts: the highly regarded Blue Hill kitchen team, expert farmers from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Chef Dan Barber, one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”
The curriculum introduces students to the practices that link professional kitchens and ecological farms, and the strong ties between agriculture and cuisine. You’ll gain firsthand experience in whole-animal butchery and discover how fresh heritage grains take baking to new heights. During your final day on the farm, Stone Barns farmers and Blue Hill chefs will share in dishes you have created from the morning’s harvest.
UNPARALLELLED ALUMNI NETWORK & CAREER SERVICES
Graduate fully prepared to begin a new career
The day you receive your Grand Diplôme is just the beginning. With the expertise you’ve gained—and the backing of The ICC’s reputation and expanding alumni network—you’ll have access to an exciting world of new opportunities in the culinary industry.
If you’re serious about Farm-To-Table cuisine, it’s hard to imagine a more challenging and inspiring opportunity. 100% of students surveyed say they made a good decision by attending ICC**
ALL-STAR CHEF INSTRUCTORS & DEANS
Courses Crafted by Legendary Chefs Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, and Alain Sailhac
At the heart of The ICC Professional Culinary Arts program are the industry icons who are our esteemed deans: chefs Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, and Alain Sailhac. Their experience and reputation are respected worldwide, and their exacting standards set a gold standard for excellence at the school.
Adding the next generation of thought-leadership to the program in our Farm To Table option is Chef Dan Barber, a graduate of ICC and one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN AS LITTLE AS 6 MONTHS
Professional Culinary Arts covers 250 essential skills to prepare students to work in a professional kitchen—in the efficiency of 6 months.
Levels 1 & 2
- Introduction to Culinary Techniques
- Building Culinary Foundations
Levels 3 & 4
- Techniques in Buffet, Charcuterie, Production and High Volume Cooking
- Skills for Consistency and Refinement, Time Management and Organization
- Students get on-the-job-training through a paid externship
THE ROLE OF THE CHEF AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
How do chefs, farmers and educators collaborate to create delicious, ecological cuisines? You’ll explore the greenhouse for a harvest before Blue Hill chefs give you hands-on instruction in grinding, cooking and baking with heirloom grains like emmer wheat and Wapsie Valley corn. With their guidance, you’ll learn how to make more flavorful and informed choices.
SOIL HEALTH AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
Chef Barber will give you the dirt on…dirt, explaining how and why soil is the key ingredient in growing better fruits, vegetables and grains. You’ll see how good soil, much like proper mise en place in the kitchen, is a prerequisite for excellent products. Stone Barns Center’s Vegetable Farm Manager Jack Algiere will reveal innovative techniques for year-round farming in the Northeast. He’ll lead you to the vegetable fields to study crop rotation, cover crops and pest management. Once you have gained insight into the vegetables you pick, you will return to the kitchen to identify flavor cues and prepare your harvest in five different ways. Cover the benefits (and trials) of restaurant kitchen gardens and gain insight on how a well-run garden, in addition to a restaurant’s menu, can improve operations and profit.
PASTURED LIVESTOCK PART 1
Get a close-up view of the many benefits of humane, ecological animal husbandry from Craig Haney, Stone Barns Center’s Livestock Farm Manager. You’ll explore the Stone Barns pastures, where pigs feed on invasive plant species, sheep rotate to keep grasses healthy and chickens have free range. As you learn what can affect flavor and nutrition in the pasture, Blue Hill chefs will help you meet the challenges of preparing grass-fed meats and using whole animals responsibly. You’ll learn the anatomy of pigs, sheep and cows and their corresponding primal cuts from master butchers. This session concludes with a special demo and hands-on exercise introducing you to the art of whole-animal butchery—a unique chance to build upon the skills you learned in ICC’s kitchens.
PASTURED LIVESTOCK PART II
Visit Stone Barns Center’s chicken processing facility where you’ll witness humane slaughter and have the option of taking part in the operation. In the kitchen, you’ll continue exploring whole-animal cooking and gain expertise in using offal and preparing sausage and charcuterie. You’ll also meet farmers’ market representatives, food distributors and chefs to take part in a discussion of how to best link restaurant kitchens to ecologically sound farms. This is a chance to see firsthand how chefs who want to stand out can build networks of exceptional suppliers to find exceptional products.
MENUS AND SOURCING
Envision how you’d create a menu based on locally grown, ecologically sound ingredients. Blue Hill chefs coach you on the best way to source responsibly while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Working in teams, you’ll create a dish featuring ingredients gathered during the morning’s harvest to present to a team of Blue Hill chefs and Stone Barns Center farmers. The ingredients you choose and flavors you develop will be a testament to how much you’ve learned during your training. This is a singular opportunity to use outstanding ingredients to an expert panel. They’ll not only taste your dish, they’ll also ask you some tough questions: What were the philosophical, agricultural and culinary choices you made as you assembled the menu? Everything you learned over the past six months will help you reach a depth of understanding and a level of excellence to prepare you for many more achievements throughout your career.
Throughout your education at ICC, your classroom expands beyond the kitchen to gain a broader understanding of the Farm-To-Table resources in the local area. You’ll develop an understanding of our region’s agricultural landscape, observe how Farm-To-Table concepts are put into practice by leading experts and start building an ecological approach that will support you as a chef and in the creation of your original cuisine.
PAST FIELD TRIPS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Long Island vineyard
- Dairy Farm in New Jersey
- Urban Farm
- NYC Greenmarket
- Introductory Trip to Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center
- Final Week at Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center
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 schedules.
11/08/2017 – $42,900
05/09/2018 – $42,900
Financial Aid & Scholarships Available To Those Who Qualify
- 600-hour Culinary Arts diploma program–400 hours on-site, 200 hours’ paid externship
- Local field trips and Farm-Powered Kitchen™ program at Stone Barns (optional)
- Application fee, uniform, tool kit, books and supplies
- “Family meal” prepared by students
- Skills workshops in key areas such knife skills, butchering and food costing
- Culinary Business workshops
- Chef demonstrations with volunteer opportunities
- Commencement Ceremony
- Career Services counseling
Classes start year-round
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