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Institute of Culinary Education was founded in 1975 by Peter Kump in his apartment kitchen at Upper West Side, New York. Having a great love for food and as entrepreneur and education, he taught basic cooking techniques to only five students. After a favorable review from The New York times about the rookie school, potential culinary students began to flock and Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School was born.
Few years after the school was flourishing and in 1983 the school inaugurated the culinary career training program to train aspiring chefs. Many of Kump’s mentors came later to teach classes at the school. Chef Nick Malgieri’s association with the school began in 1986. He launched the school’s professional baking program which became a widely considered one of the world’s leading pastry and baking instructors. In 1985, along with Julia Child, Peter Kump established the James Beard Foundation, which inspires and showcases American chefs through dinners, publications, food events and prestigious award programs.
When Peter Kump passed away in 1995, Rick Smilow acquired the school. At present, Smilow remains the president, founder, and principal owner of the school. From 1995 to 2000 the school grow exponentially from facility expansion to renovating and adding classrooms, building and resource library. In 1997 the school launched the recreational cooking program and it has grown to be the largest in the nation. ICE offers 1,500 hands-on cooking, baking, wine and beverage classes for home cooks each each year.
The school, its instructors and graduates have won numerous awards and honors over the years.
In 1997, New York magazine named the school the “best cooking school in New York.” ICE is accredited by the ACCSC (American Commission of Career School and Colleges. In their institutional evaluation, the ACCSC honored the school for achieving four items of excellence. In 2005, ICE was designated an ACCSC 2006 School of Distinction. Then in 2010, ICE’s Career Services department was given a commendation for excellence regarding their outstanding record of externship and job placements. In 2015, ICE won the IACP award for “Culinary School of Excellence,” an honor we had previously received in 2003, 2008 and 2011.
ICA offers Diploma Programs through the following:
- School of Culinary Arts
- School of Pastry and Baking Arts
- School of Restaurant and Culinary Management
- School of Hospitality Management
- The Techniques of Artisan Bread Baking
- The Art of Cake Decorating
For more information about admission, curriculum, schedule and tuition, financial aid, scholarship, externship, internship, student life etc. – please contact: