If You Can Make It Here...
In 1984, The French Culinary Institute was founded in a little known neighborhood called Soho. Today it is known as one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan and is still home to the International Culinary Center. The New York campus is also surrounded by some of NYC’s best restaurants—Balthazar, Jean George’s Mercer Kitchen, Bobby Flay’s Gato, Hundred Acres to name a few.
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In the heart of Soho, you won’t have to go far to find upscale boutiques like Chanel, Proenza Schouler and Gucci, quirky vintage treasures like The Vintage Twin and Broadway Market Co and fashion powerhouses like Topshop and Bloomingdale’s. After an afternoon of shopping, stop by La Colombe for a caffeine pick-me-up, Taiyaki for their famous Japanese fish-shaped cake and ice cream, or Dominique Ansel Bakery for the original Cronut (Chef Ansel is also a member of ICC’s advisory board!).
The historic neighborhoods and cooking of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side are all within easy walking distance of ICC’s Soho campus. ICC is two blocks from the major Canal Street subway station, and a few more blocks to other subway stations and Citi-bikes sharing stations.
The school is steps away from some of the hottest restaurants and bakeries, many owned by our grads! Find inspiration at any of these Manhattan establishments where our alumni flourish:
- Balthazar—Sommelier Rebecca Banks, ’05
- Ed’s Lobster Bar—Owner Ed McFarland, ’95
- Gato—Chef/Owner Bobbly Flay, ’84
- Momofuku Milk Bar—Chef/Founder Christina Tosi, ’04
- Stick With Me Sweets—Head Chocolatier/Founder is Susanna Yoon, ’10
- Pinch Chinese—Owner Sean Tang, ’16
- Seamore’s—Owner Michael Chernow, ’08
Career Courses Offered:
At ICC, students have access to various opportunities to enhance their education outside of the classroom. Consider these the side dishes to your education!
Chef Demonstrations & Tasting Events
For years, ICC has been a destination for visiting chefs from around the world to share their vast culinary knowledge with ICC students and alumni through cooking demonstrations, workshops and tastings. Many of these world-renowned chefs are recognized in the industry as innovative thought leaders, the creative minds behind some of the best restaurants in the world. Each month, students and alumni get to learn from some of the best in the business through these opportunities, some may even be familiar faces you’ve seen on Netflix’s Chef’s Table!
- Aarón Sánchez
Chef, TV Personality, Cooking Author, Founder – ASSF
- Joan Roca
Co-Owner & Executive Chef of El Celler de Can Roca – ranked the No. 2 restaurant in the world on the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurant’s List
- Ron Ben-Israel
Master cake designer and Food Network Cake Wars judge
- Rubens Salfer
Head Chef of Alex Atala’s D.O.M Restaurant Group
- Virgilio Martínez
Chef/owner of Central, 5th Best Restaurant in the World on the 2017 World’s Best 50 best Restaurants List
- Jacques Torres
ICC’s Dean of Pastry Arts
- Jacques Pépin
ICC’s Dean of Special Programs
- Lena Ciardullo
Executive Chef at Marta, Caffe Marchio and Vini e Fritti
Volunteering in the community is a great way to expand your network and hone the skills you’ve learned in class. between one-time volunteer opportunities, as well as organizations in need of ongoing volunteers—such as the James Beard Foundation—each opportunity will give you a taste of different aspects of the industry. Plus, you have the chance to volunteer with some of the best chefs in the world right here at ICC through our chef demonstration series. In addition, you can volunteer for chefs like Alex Atala (Chef/Owner of D.O.M in Brazil) and René Redzepi (Chef/Owner of Noma in Denmark) when they visit ICC to prepare for special dinners & events. It’s important to keep track of your volunteering too—a minimum of 7 volunteer points will qualify you for the Outstanding Service Award at school.
Available to current career program students, skills workshops are an invaluable way to practice proper techniques outside of the classroom. Just like study hall, these workshops offer additional time in the kitchen with your chef instructors to brush up on key techniques before an exam or practice a skill that you need more time to master. Skills workshop topics include: knife skills, butchery, food costing, knife sharpening, cake stacking, piping skills, chocolate tempering and more!
Business Bites, brought to you by the Culinary Entrepreneurship program, is a series of workshops, discussion panels and networking events to support chefs and entrepreneurs in the food industry. Each event is designed to boost your food business IQ, providing education, information and the opportunity to connect with industry experts in a collaborative setting. Past topics include: financing your startup, launching your food product, using Instagram to grow your restaurant and more!
In need of inspiration, a place to study or resources for your next kitchen creation? Visit our Culinary Library! Our collection of culinary, pastry and wine resources contains more than 5,000 volumes of cookbooks and food & beverage titles, more than 1,000 DVDs of never-before-seen chef demonstrations and magazine subscriptions to keep you connected with the latest trends and industry conversations. All services are free for students, staff and alumni—including use of computers, copier, scanner and fax machine. Plus, staff and students can check out up to 7 books or DVDs at a time (alumni can check out up to 3 books).
Family Meals are custom in restaurants around the world, bringing staff together to share a meal before service. Here at ICC, we’ve embraced that tradition and created our own family meal, prepared daily by the Professional Culinary Arts students. Family meal provides an opportunity to connect with your peers and chef-instructors, and is the first step to adopting kitchen culture. Plus, as one of ICC’s sustainable food measures, we participate in the Meatless Monday Campaign. Through delicious meatless family meal options, our community is reducing the prevalence of preventable illness and the environmental impacts associated with meat production & excessive consumption!
STUDENT HOUSING SERVICES IN NEW YORK
ICC provides housing assistance for students relocating to the New York City area for their education. We encourage you to discuss your needs with us as soon as possible and to review our recommendations for alternative housing. Please contact Robin Hom, Associate Dean of Student Services, at 646.254.7511 or email with your housing inquiries.
Types of Alternative Housing
Direct Housing Options –Companies that operate and rent apartments or dorm style apartments that specialize in student housing for anywhere from more than 30 days to 1 year.
Secondary Direct Housing Options – Short Term Real Estate companies that manage and rent their own apartments. There are various amount of listing per company for all budgets and locations. Most of the listings are short-term rentals for 1 month to 1 year. There are both furnished and unfurnished listings.
Housing Search Engines –Search listings all over New York City. Use filters to narrow your search. Some will accommodate leases under a year and some will not.
Click here to view our Alternative Housing Guide with full list of recommendations.