Students gather in the student lounge at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City

Student Experience

An Inside Look at Student Life at ICE

The Most Critical Connections of Your Career Are Often Right Next to You

Tour the classrooms at ICE and you'll see a diversity of ages, experiences, backgrounds and goals. Your classmates will come from all over the United States and around the world. Some are at the start of their careers, studying to become executive chefs and managers in the nation's top restaurants. Others have come to ICE to train for the next chapter of their lives, be they carpenters, lawyers, bankers, advertising executives, journalists or actors. Still others have already worked in the food industry and want to sharpen their skills in pursuit of better opportunities.

Although your classmates come from different backgrounds and have different aspirations, they share a common goal for their experience at ICE: to turn their lifelong passion for food or hospitality into a rewarding career. This forms the friendships and basis for your professional network, lasting for many years and experiences ahead.

ICE is committed to providing a well-rounded experience to its student body. Throughout the year, ICE students enjoy a variety of special events and exclusive classes to help enrich their culinary school experience.