Professional Italian Cuisine
Full Immersion Culinary, Baking, Pastry and Gelato programs for Professional Chefs, Pātissiers, Culinary Instructors, Advanced Students and Serious Home Gourmets presented by Europe's most Renown Master Chefs.

Every program is always inclusive of all expenses from the time of arrival until departure including accommodations, all meals, course materials, gastronomic travel, ground transfers and much more!

The Italian Culinary Institute has adopted special measures to keep our participants and team safe and comfortable amid the COVID19 pandemic. Thanks to access to over 1000 sq. mt. (10,000 sq. ft.), providing extra personal space is simple and far exceeds government requirements. Our facilities have always been impeccably clean and will remain so. Masks and gloves are provided for everyone as long as the law says they are necessary. We look forward to having you for one or more of our exciting, educational and delicious programs!  

Master of Italian Cuisine
ICI's longest running all-inclusive program presents the most thorough spectrum of Italian Haute Cuisine in Italy. For three months participants work alongside Europe's top master chefs, pâtissiers and sommelier. The program covers every aspect of gastronomy including traditional and innovative cuisine, pastry, baking, gelato, curing, drying and conserving, pairing food and wines and much more. Click here for details, price and itinerary.
 Master of Italian Cuisine

The Evolution of Italian Cuisine
The most advanced full immersion culinary course available in Italy where particular attention is given to nutrition, gustatory perception, recipe development and spectacular plating presentations. Cultural exploration and travel in southern Italy & Sicily and fine dining highlight the experience. Click here for details, price and itinerary.
The Evolution of Italian Cuisine

The Foundation of Italian Cuisine
The Foundation of Italian Cuisine is the first week of the two week course Evolution of Italian Cuisine. Designed for professionals and gastronomes, the course is fast paced and features cultural exploration, hands on full immersion days and fine dining by night. Includes cultural travel. Click here for details, price and itinerary.
Italian Culinary Exploration

Traditional Italian Charcuterie: Curing Meats, Sausage Making & Artisanal Salumi
Famous internationally, most of the world hasn't seen or tasted most of the cured delicacies available throughout Italy. Traditional Italian Charcuterie literally brings participants first to the farm demonstrating how to identify and select livestock and then to the laboratory for hands-on production of over twenty-five types of sausages, salumi and meats that can also be personalized. This program uses only natural ingredients for long term conservation and does not employ the use of nitrates or nitrites.
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Artisan Italian Cheese Making
Artisan Cheese Making is the most complete one week cheesemaking program in Italy. The hands-on course begins with the science necessary to process any type of cheese and quickly moves into the production phase. In addition to producing classic regional Italian cheeses, a special section of the course shows participants how to develop personal cheeses to fit any taste and preference. As in all ICI programs, all ingredients are always all natural... Click here for details, price and itinerary.

Pizza, Focaccia & Specialty Breads
During this fully hands on course, we first prepare traditional baked products and then a line of innovative delicacies are made course how participants can personalize their recipes for their clients or guests. A series of specialty breads are prepared using both natural yeast techniques. Participants use Italy's unique flour combinations combined with seasonal ingredients while creating breads, pizza, focaccia and over 20 breads with an array of textures, flavors and colors. Details coming soon.
Pastry, Desserts & Specialty Breads

Pastry, Desserts & Gelato
During this course the masters concentrate on techniques to make delicacies for restaurants, catering and display cases. This program is designed for both experienced pastry chefs, gelato makers and aspiring shop owners. The course covers over 20 traditional and innovative Italian desserts and pastry as well as every aspect of real artisan gelato production including personal recipe development, blueprinting for a single gelato shop or multiunit operation, equipment specifications, and a profound examination of the chemistry and physics needed to render a perfect product, pricing, etc. Includes cultural travel. Details coming soon.
Pastry, Desserts & Specialty Breads

Conserving Italian Regional Cuisine: Curing, Pickling & Sun-drying
Since ancient times, people have been conserving seasonal foods for later use. ICI's perfect location in the heart of the Mediterranean assures that the best array of produce, fruit and verdure are in season year round. The Foundation of Italian Regional Cuisine: Curing, Pickling & Sun-drying goes beyond the standard and enables culinarians to develop and conserve component ingredients that can be incorporated to any chef's or pastry chef's repertoire with personal products that can be stored on a shelf freeing precious refrigerator and freezer space. All products are long term cured utilizing antique and state of the art methods and no conservatives, preservatives or gelatins are used during the program. Details coming soon.

2016 International Culinary Olympics
Forty national teams, twenty military teams, scores of regional and private teams and over two thousand individuals compete in Germany every four years to show the rest of the world whose cuisine is the best. Join the ICI Culinary Team and the best chefs in the world for the most important culinary event on earth! Click here for details, price and itinerary.

The Italian Culinary Institute was established to constantly update cooking techniques and menu development for chefs, pastry chefs, bakers and gelaticians in Italy's increasingly competitive environment Today, the Institute is Italy's top culinary academy and considered among the most important in Europe.

Our Master Courses are designed specifically for professionals and concentrate on highly developed techniques that are continually being developed through the Institute's participation in international culinary competitions. Our full immersion programs cover a variety of subjects including cuisine, pastry, gelato and decoration as well as fine dining experiences at several of Italy's top restaurants. Master Chef John Nocita leads a faculty of more than 20 of Europe's most renowned Culinary and Pastry Masters.

Culinary professionals benefit by being instructed by a faculty of the same chefs who have allowed the Italian Culinary Institute to become the center of culinary information in Italy through its' vast resources including:

Italy's center for Culinary Events
*Training Center for Italian Pastry Teams and Italian Individual Teams for the 2016 Culinary Olympics
*Headquarters for the Italian Association of Master Pâtissier and the Academy of Artisan Gelaticians
*Tasting Center for the Italian Association of Sommeliers.
*Calabria Base for La Chaine des Rotisseurs

The Professional Cookbook Series
Internationally endorsed for advanced techniques and stunning photography, the collection is considered to be among the best culinary texts for professionals. Used by the world's top corporations and culinary Institutes for advanced training. Non professionals will find our oversized full color texts perfect for the coffee table or for entertaining.

R & D
Italy's leading food companies work closely with the Institute for new product research, development and promotion.

Whether it's for menu development for a single or multi-untit restaurant, hotel or cruiseline, a new rollout for gelato production, bakery or pastry facility, ICI understands client trends, the ever changing demands within the industry and the necessity of efficient and innovative back of the house operations.

Equipped with progressive facilities, the Institute is completely financially independent. Custom programs can be tailored to meet specific necessities.

Location location location!
The Institute is ideally in the Heart of the Mediterranean...

Calabria, the Mediterannean Dream...Calabria, Italy's Southernmost region, is a land immersed in the clearest blue waters in Italy and located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily. Rich in history, Calabria is bristling with countless medieval fishing towns, Norman castles and Ancient Greek and Roman ruins. Most importantly, it produces many of the world's best olive oils and has spent the past 5000 years perfecting the art of Mediterranean cuisine.

Superior Accommodations on the Seaside
All of our programs always include superior accommodations in a fine hotel, all meals with wines, market visits and special dinners in the regions' finest restaurants. Our southern Italy location features the Hotel Baia dell'Est on the Ionian coastline. Click here for more!

Special incentives are available to colleges, associations and agents. Click here for details.