Culinary techniques course at International Culinary Center in New York City

Looking for a cooking school near you where you can learn the foundations great chefs rely upon? In 100 fast-paced hours at ICC, you’ll advance from basic knife skills to more complex, classic recipes, including how to make the game-changing five “mother sauces”:  velouté, Espagnole, hollandaise, béchamel and tomato, Whether you choose day or evening classes, this delicious experience will change the way you cook and think about food.

“This course is a full-tilt workout for keen amateurs who want to take their game several levels upward, or perhaps get a whiff of what it feels like to be a professional.”

— The New York Times


In day or evening classes, you’ll learn from the same accomplished chef-instructors who teach our career students and enjoy the same pristine kitchens. As you become immersed in the course and touch on more advanced cooking techniques, terminology will become second language, precision knife work your trusted skill.

This program incorporates many of the 250 essential skills introduced in ICC’s career program, Professional Culinary Arts, including the culinary techniques of preparing stocks and sauces, cooking meat, fish and vegetables and executing classic recipes. And if you’re inspired to go further, Culinary Techniques may allow you to enter our Professional Culinary Arts career course with advanced standing.*

*Graduates of Culinary Techniques may be eligible to receive advanced standing in the Professional Culinary Arts career program by bypassing Level 1 (Introduction to Basic Techniques). Advanced standing students benefit from a reduced tuition and an accelerated program. For information, speak to an admission representative.

  • Vegetables
  • Salads and vinaigrettes
  • Potatoes
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Poultry
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Poaching
  • Grilling
  • Frying
  • Blanching
  • Glazing
  • Baking
  • Puréeing

Learn Knife Skills:
Learn which knives are best for which jobs, and proper care for them. Through tailiage (cutting vegetables into even sizes and shapes), you’ll learn different techniques, such as émincer (thin slice), batonnet (small sticks), brunoise (small dice) and paysanne(tile-shaped).

Stocks and Sauces:
Learn how to combine humble ingredients, such as bones from chicken, beef, veal or fish, with aromatic vegetables and herbs to create brown, white, fish, marmite and vegetable stocks—and how to marry stocks with binding elements, such as starches and proteins, to create the five “mother” sauces: velouté, Espagnole, hollandaise, béchamel and tomato, as well many of their derivatives.

Food Safety:
General rules of hygiene as well as comprehensive food handling and safety issues for a kitchen environment.

Ingredient Identification and Classification:
Use all your senses as you identify and classify a wide range of proteins, vegetables, starches, grains, herbs and spices.

  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
  • “Family meal” prepared by culinary program students (weekdays)
Culinary techniques course at International Culinary Center in New York City

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.