New York City has some of the best culinary schools in the world!
Not only do top chefs have restaurants in NYC, but many of them are still in the kitchens, at least part of the time! We have run into many of the top chefs while dining in NYC.
NYC is one of the most competitive restaurant markets on the planet, but the vast number of restaurants also present plenty of opportunities.
We hope you use this guide to culinary schools in NYC to help find the best program for you.
The French Culinary Institute, known as "the FCI", offers a world renowned program in French and American cooking in addition to a cutting-edge Pastry Chef program. The FCI is an immersion-based program where students learn and cook at L'Ecole in the heart of culturally vibrant Soho in New York City.
Of all the culinary schools in NYC, the French Culinary Institute is one of the best!
462 Broadway New York, NY 10013-2618
The French Culinary Institute
The Culinary Institute of America, known as "the CIA", has graduated Iron Chef's Cat Cora and Michael Symon. The CIA is non-profit and located in Hyde Park, NY. The college offers both bachelor and associate degrees in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Art.
The CIA offers four restaurants on its campus: Escoffier Restaurant (modern French), Caterina de' Medici (italian), St. Andrew's Café (casual with local ingredients), Apple Pie Bakery Cafe (casual).
1946 Campus Drive (Route 9), Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Culinary Institute of America
The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is the oldest American cuisine school in New York City (Chelsea). The ICE specializes in pastry and baking arts and career culinary arts. Gina DePalma, Pastry Chef at Babbo’s, is a distinguished grad.
The Career Culinary Arts program teaches a wide breadth of culinary skills, and has approximately 700 students.
The Pastry and Baking Arts diploma is currently overseen by pastry chef Nick Malgieri, who emphasizes hands-on learning on designing and baking desserts.
New Facility opening in 2015:
225 Liberty St., Brookfield Place, NYC
888-354-2433 (Admissions Rep)
The new larger facility will emphasize creativity and community. It is in a beautiful space with Hudson River views in lower Manhattan. Some new features will be an artisan chocolate studio, mixology and wine studies, culinary technology lab and much more.