The Institute of Culinary Education runs America’s largest program of “hands-on” cooking, baking and wine education classes.
Courses are offered day and night and 355 days a year. ICE is now located at Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, on the 3rd Floor in lower Manhattan. The typical class runs 4 to 5 hours, with a maximum of 16 students.
Since 1975, the mission of ICE’s Recreational Program has been clear to provide a rich, fun and broad array of courses focusing on fundamental techniques, authentic & global cuisines, topical culinary concepts, and classic cooking methods. With over 1,500 courses a year, cooks at all levels from beginner to advanced can expand their palate and knowledge in our kitchens. From “Seafood Grilling”, “Knife Skills” and “Sushi Matsuri Festival” to “Classic French Macaroons”, “Chocolate Desserts and “Do Ahead Entertaining” , ICE’s menu has something for everyone. Similarly, ICE’s Wine Education Program explores grapes from around the globe. Within our broad array of classes, you’ll find many specialized areas, based on topic, or even age. This includes class for couples and kids, and unique courses for those interested in Food Media, Advanced Pastry, Culinary Walking Tours and “How to Enter” the culinary business. ICE’s course schedule is released three times per year, for Fall, Winter and Spring / Summer.
Chef–Instructors & Teachers
ICE’s Chef-Instructors come from a wide and varied background, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to the kitchen classroom, and you. Most of our staff instructors have significant high-end restaurant experience, and visiting instructors include cookbook authors, notable working chefs, and nationally recognized experts.
What to Expect
Courses at ICE run one to five sessions (or days), with classes generally beginning at 10am or 6pm. Multi session Techniques Courses meet either one day a week for multiple weeks, or on consecutive days the same week. We stock ICE’s pantries with the highest quality of ingredients and students will be supplied with recipe and instruction packs. Most classes conclude with a large, family-style meal, served with wine or beer; we have never known anyone to walk away hungry!
It’s no wonder that last year, 23,000 people took classes at ICE and that ICE is a past winner of the IACP “Cooking School of the Year” award. Come see what’s cooking at ICE!
Notes: Please note that a valid ID is required for entry into ICE's building.
The class was so fun and I learned a lot. It was great for all levels and the teacher was giving us so many tecniches with friendly way.
This is a really well structured class and everyone agreed they had benefitted from very easy adjustments or new tricks to make things so much easier in the kitchen in future. We got to bring home all the julienned and diced vegetables we had chopped during the morning. The only thing that is really annoying is the constant plugging by the instructor for the brand of knives they use in the school, which are donated to them by the company, no doubt in exchange for heavy endorsement. She did the same with the Oxo utensils and Kitchenaid mixers, even though we did not use them in the class. If you can ignore that, or if you are in fact looking to buy some expensive knives at a school discount, then you will really enjoy the class, which I did. The facilities of this school are extraordinary and I'm sure can't be beaten anywhere in the country, so I do believe this class is good value as it's an introductory class. I will definitely sign up for others in future.
Amazing course led by an amazing instructor!
The class was really good,. I just wished we were all able to make the 4 different cupcakes instead of two. It kind of sucked that I had to try someone else cupcakes. But i would try again.
Excellent course for beginners or more experienced cooks. Choice of menu outstanding and clear, easy to follow instructions. All the dishes were hands on cooking so one could ask questions and be able to do the dishes oneself later. Handout booklet also very useful to follow through with. Very good instructor/chef who really made the course well worth while attending, his assistants also good and helpful. Highly recommended
This was a great class and one of the best ways to learn new favors.
It was a delicious class. Loved it.
Great basics class...instructor was nice and though it was 6 people she still managed to provide personalized attention. Can't wait to go back for Knife Skill 2
Wonderful instructor, delicious pizza. Well worth every minute and every cent.
Had a blast in the class...amazing menu and instruction. The group was great and so were the instructors Sandy, Alyssa and Mike. Definitely going back for more classes