ICC Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

New York, NY (November 11, 2016) — The International Culinary Center announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military
Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“There are a lot of technical schools where there are no out-of-pocket costs,” says Erik Murnigham, President of ICC. “To help veterans not have to repay loans — this is our repayment to them.”

mfs17_designationAccording to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

For more information about the International Culinary Center’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit our Military Scholarships page, click here.

ICC will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com .



From left, Ruben Diodonet (Marines), Matthew Mediatore (Army), Yesenia Amaya (child of Army Veteran), Victoria Pogan (Marines)

ICC Military Students

Recipients of the ICC Military Scholarships on their first day of class: From left, Ruben Diodonet (Marines), Matthew Mediatore (Army), Yesenia Amaya (child of Army Veteran), Victoria Pogan (Marines)

A growing number of military veterans are pursuing culinary careers, and one question we hear over and over again is, “Does the GI Bill pay for culinary school?” Veterans with an honorable discharge, active military and the spouse/child of a veteran or active military member eligible for the maximum in federal grants and full Post 9/11 benefits can attend International Culinary Center with no out-of-pocket expense for the Professional Culinary Arts or Professional Pastry Arts programs at the award-winning cooking school’s New York City or Silicon Valley, CA, campus. Tuition assistance is available if full GI benefits are not.

In as little as six months, ICC’s intensive, hands-on programs provide students with real-world skills to maximize their career-readiness for any field in the culinary industry. Founded as The French Culinary Institute nearly 30 years ago, ICC’s track record of excellence includes an impressive roster of alumni including chefs Bobby Flay, David Chang and Christina Tosi.

“I wake up every morning completely looking forward to coming to school…I’ve never met a staff so loving and helpful even after you enroll! At ICC it’s genuine and I couldn’t have picked a better school. Not only are you learning here, but you’re having fun and also building a family!”  —Culinary Arts Graduate

Designed as a fast-track, ICC’s full-time (day) and part-time (evening) programs offer rolling start dates and student housing. The Career Services program lists thousands of jobs for alumni and students every year, and provides one-on-one services long after graduation. And with culinary scholarships available for military veterans and their families, a professional culinary education may be more affordable than you think.

“When ICC accepted the Post/11 GI Bill and offered veteran scholarships, I knew I had to seize this opportunity.”  —Julie Couture (Pastry Arts, 2014)


  • Qualifying veterans, children and spouses can receive as much as $10,000 in federal aid which, along with the ICC Military Scholarship and Post 9/11 GI Bill, results in up to 100% tuition reduction. Get a full breakdown of our veteran scholarships here: ICC Military Scholarships Funding Breakdown
  • Programs culminate in a diploma recognized industry-wide
  • Prime locations in NYC and California’s Silicon Valley
  • Flexible full-time and part-time schedules with start dates throughout the year
  • Eligible programs in career training include Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts and Intensive Sommelier Training (in CA only), day and evening schedules available
  • A curriculum guided by world-renowned deans, such as Jacques Pépin and José Andrés, with highly skilled chef-instructors
  • Low student-to-teacher ratios
  • Nearby student housing available for full-time and part-time students
  • Up to 60 ICC course credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree at The New School, a respected university in New York City with on-site and online courses
  • Ongoing career services with job menu, resume-building, interview preparation, industry advice and career fairs
  • 15,000+ alumni; opportunities for continuing education workshops

ICC is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and a recipient of ACCSC’s coveted Schools of Excellence Award in both NYC and California.

“I truly believe attending ICC was one of the best decisions of my life. After my discharge from Military and business school, there was something else I was looking for in my life. After my graduation from ICC, I got a job offer from a Charter School as a Head Chef. Now I absolutely love my job along with my job security as a NYC employee.”  —Mohammed Ahmed (Culinary Arts, 2013)


ICC Military Scholarships for up to $12,052 are available for Professional Culinary Arts and Professional Pastry Arts programs*. Get more information about our military scholarships: ICC Military Scholarships Funding Breakdown

Learn more about our New York campus Military Scholarships

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ICC Military Scholarships for up to $8,052 are available for Professional Culinary Arts and Professional Pastry Arts programs*. A $1,500 scholarship is available for Intensive Sommelier Training. (Recipients of the Post 9/11 GI Bill who are eligible for 100% toward the Intensive Sommelier course cannot receive this scholarship.) Get more information about our military scholarships: ICC Military Scholarships Funding Breakdown

Learn more about our California campus Military Scholarships

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*The ICC Military Scholarship cannot be combined with other scholarships and discounts.


“Discipline, respect, organization and the ability to master skills are key in the kitchen. If you are a good soldier, you can be a good professional cook…I can’t imagine a career that is better suited for veterans.”

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and earning a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, Marines veteran Ben Lubin was looking for two things: a job in International Relations and a really good cup of coffee.

Instead, he discovered a new passion and—tapping his military skills—created a career he loves. Today, he is the owner of a successful wine and tapas bar, The Blind Monk, in his hometown of West Palm Beach, FL, armed with a Sommelier Certification and Grand Dîplôme from International Culinary Center in New York City. Read More

UPDATE: ICC alum Ben Lubin, owner of The Blind Monk, was featured in the April 2015 issue of Arrive, a publication by Amtrak.

Read the full article.


ICC Chef-Instructor Tom Jones was featured on Heritage Radio’s “Feast Yr Ears” in a segment entitled From Camouflage to Chef Whites with host Harry Rosenblum. Hear Chef Tom discuss his love for teaching at ICC, his military background, and how the ICC Military Scholarship can change your life. Listen to the interview.


International Culinary Center Professional Pastry Arts student Fontasha Brown and Chef-Instructor Tom Jones featured in The New York Post: “How education helps veterans when career goals are half-baked.”

When life handed lemons to Fontasha Brown when she was on the Coast Guard’s search and rescue team, she made lemon cake.

“I used to have nightmares after Hurricane Katrina,” says the 29-year-old Brownsville resident, who was stationed in Guam, South Carolina and New Orleans and served during Hurricane Katrina, Haiti and Japan’s earthquake. “I would wake up in the middle of the night and bake. The smell was calming…

…So after leaving the military 10 years early due to an injury, Brown channeled that stress-relieving hobby into a formal culinary education. “I wanted to learn from people, not YouTube,” she explains.  She recently completed her diploma in professional pastry arts at the International Culinary Center in Soho and aspires to own a dessert bar.

Brown’s not alone. According to the Center for American Progress, approximately 646,000 veterans were enrolled in a higher education institution in 2012.


“I chose ICC because it is the only course of its type endorsed by the Court Of Master Sommeliers and instructed by Master Sommeliers. After a 20 plus year career in the military I wanted to do something totally different.  I have many friends in the wine industry and have been passionate about wine for many years. My experience as a student at ICC has been great.  My class had a wide range of people from varied backgrounds.  We all had our interest in wine in common and leaned on each other to ensure our success in the program.  I definitely made some friends in class that I know I will keep in contact with for years to come.

My military experience has definitely made me a better student.  The military is training you all the time.  Preparing you to be better at your current job or teaching you new skills to enable you to do other things.  The ability to adapt and learn new things is part of the military and definitely helped for this course. My advice for veterans pursuing a career in wine is to consider the ICC as an option.  I think you will find it has so much to offer.  They have been supportive and very easy to work with.

I used my post 9/11 GI Bill benefit to attend ICC CA. ”

Nick Petrone – Intensive Sommelier Training (California Campus) – United States Air Force Officer