Where else would you expect to find one of the world’s most respected culinary schools except in New York City. The Institute of Culinary Education, established in 1975, and originally known as Peter Krump’s New York Cooking School, was modest in the beginning, but within five years the school was flourishing. Always student oriented, founder Peter Krump’s cooking philosophy was to train aspiring chefs how to perform in the kitchen without recipes, learning instead the art of taste and smell, and how ingredients work together in combinations. Armed with this knowledge, former students have found employment in a multitude of prestigious restaurants, hotels, and catering enterprises. Even today, 40 years later, this philosophy of culinary skills is the predominate teaching method.
After Peter Krump passed away in 1995, entrepreneur, cooking enthusiast and educator, Rick Smilow purchased the school. Since then the school has expanded several times, now occupying four floors at their present location, totaling 42,000 square feet and 11 professional teaching kitchens. Within these unmatched kitchens, classes are limited to no more than 16 students.
The programs the school offers enable students to focus on whatever niche in the culinary arts they wish to learn. Some examples of these focused specialties include: seafood, Asian, and farm-to-table. Bakery and pastry programs are also offered and the school has won several prestigious awards for their ever evolving curriculum. Once the aspiring chef has completed their studies at the school, they participate in an externship which provides them with a meaningful extension of their studies. The school has even won awards for placing students in externships that most enhance their continuing study and interests.
Incoming students are carefully mentored while acclimating themselves to the bustling New Your City scene. The school can place a student in any number of housing arrangements, including dorms, apartment, or home-stay. Apartments alone can vary from shared and studio to luxury. If a student elects to live in a dorm, they will be with students from various universities and colleges throughout the city, giving them a unique experience in meeting people with similar aspirations for excellence.
The Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. After the first inspection in 2000, the agency rated the school excellent in four areas: 100 percent student satisfaction, outstanding faculty and staff commitment to students, outstanding facilities and equipment, and the school’s involvement in community service.