International Culinary Center

The International Culinary Center (ICC), formerly The French Culinary Institute (FCI), is no longer enrolling students.

4.0/52 Reviews

The International Culinary Center is a private, for-profit culinary school in California and New York City. The school was founded in 1984 as The French Culinary Institute. The facilities focus on culinary education, with professional kitchens for hands-on cooking and baking classes. However, they also have specialized wine-tasting classrooms.

When the school first opened, it was visited by chef Julia Child, and one of its first graduates was Bobby Flay.

As a regionally accredited college, ICC is a small institution with an enrollment of 242 undergraduate students. However, as a wine school, it is one of the largest. Their Career Sommelier Program is a 10-week wine course taught by a Master Sommelier (ICC has 11 Master Sommeliers on staff). It is the only program approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. Students learn how to taste and evaluate approximately 300 wines worldwide. Students can also attend classes on viticulture and enology.

The International Culinary Center (ICC) merged with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this transition, ICC shut the doors to its NYC campus. The future of their sommelier programming is still up in the air.

2 Reviews for International Culinary Center

Michelle C 6 Reviews
A Brilliant Program Ended Too Soon

When I lived in Manhattan, I was friends with several professors at ICC. who worked on developing this program. It was clear to me that these were committed and brilliant minds at work. This is the type of program that should be the core of wine education. It’s a shame that their connection to the Court of Master Sommeliers has tainted their legacy.

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MJ 38 Reviews
Master Sommeliers left students hight and dry

The classes were good, but the court of master sommeliers left students high and dry. The program was ended abruptly without students having any recourse or refunds.

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