Students who began their culinary careers later in life, at the Institute of Culinary Education

Career Changers

Your Quality Time Shouldn't Just Be Your "Off" Hours

Maybe you daydream about opening your own bakery, using a family recipe to create a delicious food product, becoming a private chef or launching the best new food app. Perhaps you want to turn your blogging hobby into a full-time career in food media. Why shouldn't you be able to earn a living doing what you love? It's time to forge a career that connects you with the exciting world of culinary arts.

Imagine Doing What You Love

Do you remember when you looked for your first job? It seemed daunting, but also exciting, perhaps even thrilling. Now, you've invested a good number of years in your career, and you'd be crazy to leave to start over from scratch, right? The answer is "no." Today, it's not uncommon to pursue a second career in an area you love, and there have never been more opportunities in the world of food. Over 14,000 ICE students have taken the jump before you. You should be next.

Explore career opportunities, inside and outside the kitchen, where ICE alumni have succeeded.

Why choose ICE?

An ICE chef instructor peers into a kitchen classroom at the Institute of Culinary Education

A Track Record of Success

Our chefs, instructors, alumni and students have won countless awards, continually earning recognition and praise in their respective fields. Following the mission established in 1975 by ICE founder Peter Kump — who also founded the James Beard House and, with Julia Child, the James Beard Foundation — we help you discover and follow your own culinary spirit.

A culinary arts student hones his knife in class at the Institute of Culinary Education

Welcome to the Exciting World of Food

At ICE, you are exposed to the diverse and vibrant world of food and hospitality through regular contact with prominent industry leaders. Outside of our brand new Los Angeles facility, our externship and job placement programs can help you reach your goals, whether in a dynamic restaurant or other culinary enterprise. You’ll also have opportunities to volunteer and network at high-profile food scene events in and around one of America's culinary capitals.

Students in the hallways at the Institute of Culinary Education Los Angeles campus

Designed for Creativity and Community

ICE Los Angeles features 38,000 square feet of educational and administrative space, with seven fully equipped teaching kitchens filled with modern kitchen equipment. These spacious kitchen classrooms range from 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, with 80 linear feet of Ansul protected hood-space for stoves and ovens.

The campus also features a dedicated academic classroom and a 2,000-square-foot Learning Resource Center, plus additional tutoring rooms, providing students with community spaces to gather and study or to socialize between classes.

A culinary arts instructor watches as a chef instructor demonstrates a technique in culinary school at ICE

Schedules That Work for You

ICE offers education that fits your busy schedule. In just six to 12 months, you’ll get a firm foundation in the discipline of your choice, with a chance to explore your own interests and build your resume. You'll gain the skills and confidence you need to begin a successful career, with a respected credential that opens doors to employment at the country's leading restaurants, food media outlets, hotels and more. What's more, even after you’ve graduated, you'll have ongoing access to job placement assistance, professional development opportunities, biannual career fairs and special alumni events to further grow your career.