COVID-19 Preparedness at ICC


*UPDATE as of 4/17* ICC will remain closed with classes suspended until further notice. Incoming students will be communicated with about their upcoming classes as the situation evolves.

At the International Culinary Center (ICC), the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance to us. While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported in the ICC community, based on the developing COVID-19 crisis—and guidance from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—ICC has made the proactive decision to close our campus beginning March 16. We will continue to assess the situation weekly and communicate updates as they become available.

We understand that this decision will have a major impact on the lives of our students and we will do everything within our power to deliver the quality education that our students have come to expect. We will advise students, faculty and staff of any updates and changes via email, ICC hotline, website and social channels.

All career programs, amateur classes, recreational courses, private tours, and events are cancelled through the end of April. If you have any questions, please reach out to Leland Clark, Vice President of Student Affairs at

Note: All amateur and recreational classes are NOW cancelled through the month of May

The following preventive measures have been previously implemented by the school to create a safe environment at ICC.

Ongoing Health & Safety Measures
  • Closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the City of New York.
  • Hands-Free Family Meal—Our Level 3 Professional Culinary Arts students and instructors are kindly serving hot food and composed salads during lunch and dinner service.
  • Installation of Additional Hand Sanitizing Stations—These touch-free hand-sanitizing stations have been installed around the school in key areas, including around the Family Meal line, in student locker rooms, bathrooms, etc.
  • Touch-Free Door Handles—These hands-free door handles have been installed in student bathrooms to minimize contact with surfaces.
  • Increased Rigor of Cleaning & Sanitizing—Our Facilities team has increased the regular schedule of cleaning and sanitizing efforts throughout the building.
  • Proactively Postponing Large Gatherings—We are proactively postponing events with large gatherings on campus until later dates. We are also limiting afternoon programming of demonstrations and presentations to current students only (no alumni or general public members at this time). Please refer to our Event Updates below for more details.
  • Active Emergency Hotline & Regular Updates—We’re committed to maintaining a clear line of communication with students, faculty, and staff at all times. Our emergency hotline is updated with information on any condition that may cause a school closure. All current students receive regular updates via email and in-class announcements as needed.
  • Increased Signage Communicating CDC Recommendations—We are actively sharing the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of respiratory diseases, which include proper hand-washing protocols, etc.

Food safety is a very important part of the education that we provide at ICC. All students in the Professional Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts programs are required to complete the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Certification in Level 1 of the programs. The sanitation and food safety skills that ICC students are already learning will continue to be reinforced in this contemporary context.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and evaluate additional measures to support our community as needs arise.
For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at

Event Updates

Please continue to check this page for event updates as they become available. All scheduled events are cancelled while the school is closed. Prior to, events that included large gatherings were being postponed or cancelled, and only current students who are enrolled in classes on campus were allowed to attend programmed events at the school. Alumni and guests of the general public will be notified when this policy has been reverted. In the instance where an ICC event is postponed, we will provide as much advance notice as possible. 

Events Postponed or Cancelled:

  • Thursday, March 12 | Spring Career Fair — Postponed New Date: TBD
  • Tuesday, March 17 | How To Land A Food Media Job With MUNCHIES — Postponed New Date: TBD
  • Tuesday, March 17 | Pastry Student Field Trip to Jacques Torres Factory — Cancelled
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20 | Court of Master Sommeliers’ Introductory & Certified Exams — Cancelled
  • Tuesday, March 24 | The Future of Italian Cuisine at Don Angie — Postponed New Date: TBD
  • Saturday, March 28 | Pastryland Bake Sale — Postponed New Date: Saturday, June 13
  • Sunday, March 29 | Pastry Plus Conference — Postponed New Date: Sunday, June 14 | Industry Field Trips held Friday, June 12
  • Wednesday, April 1 | Ron Ben-Israel Spring Wedding Cake Demo — Cancelled
  • Wednesday, April 1 | All Programs Open House — Postponed New Date: Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, April 2 | Queer the Table LIVE — Postponed New Date: TBD
  • Saturday, April 18 | Le Best Chef Competition — Postponed New Date: TBD
  • Sunday, June 7  | ICC Commencement at Carnegie Hall — Cancelled

CDC Recommendations

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Here are a few everyday preventive actions the CDC recommends that can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (and wash your hands).
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already.
  • Employees should stay home when sick with acute respiratory illness.
  • Use caution on public transportation.
  • Avoid touching public surfaces in general, and use hand sanitizer when you do.