We Are The French Culinary Institute

Our story begins in 1984, when The French Culinary InstituteTM opened on the corner of Broadway & Grand Street in Soho, NYC. Founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton had a dream to bring the same professional culinary education she observed in France to the U.S. An A-list of talents were recruited to serve as deans, creating an original curriculum to teach fundamental cooking techniques in a fast-paced program that got aspiring chefs into the workforce quickly and well-prepared. The legendary André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, Jacques Pépin and Jacques Torres remain deans at the school today!

As the culinary world grew, so did the school, adding new programs and locations. Continuing its legacy as a global leader in culinary, pastry and wine education for more than 30 years, The French Culinary InstituteTM became the International Culinary Center® in 2012!

After all these years, we are still very much The French Culinary InstituteTM, embracing the curriculum, culture and craft that began with the school’s founding as FCI.

Check out “The Story of ICC” below, a short, animated film tracing our history – literally!

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FCI Flashbacks

Over the years, our Deans have influenced a lineage of trailblazing alumni who crafted their own path built on the foundations of French techniques learned at FCI + ICC. We’ve unlocked a few of our favorite moments from the French Culinary InstituteTM vault to share! Do you recognize any familiar faces in the photos?