The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
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1622 Chestnut St. – Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Start your culinary education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Exotic. Innovative. Organic. Humanely harvested. There’s a revolution in the way we eat. Diners are more sophisticated and knowledgeable about foods from around the world and how they’re made. Which means you won’t just prepare cuisine for tomorrow. You’ll prepare yourself for tomorrow at our schools”
If you ever thought about going to cooking school in Philadelphia, you’ll want to learn more about The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Attending culinary arts school is a great step forward in your career, and you’ve probably got some questions. Is there scholarship money available? How long will it take? Where do I start? Let us help you fill in the blanks to any questions you might have.
Below is some basic information about The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and its programs, but if you really want to learn more, you can fill out the short questionnaire and someone will contact you to talk about how to apply, time requirements, costs and just about anything else you may need to know.
Why Choose The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia
The school was founded in 1971 by artist Philip Tractman and later acquired by The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1979. It is centrally located in downtown Philadelphia in an 80,000 square foot building that once housed the CBS flagship radio station affiliate. The building has since been designated as a historical landmark.
The schools mission is to prepare you for entry-level employment in the field you choose as well as make it possible for advancement. They do this by combining applied culinary arts with general education and business training. The school is committed your development and realizes that for you to achieve your goals, it is a shared obligation. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia programs can help you maximize your education through dedication to your success.
Programs of Study
Culinary Arts – associate of science degree & diploma program: Utilizing classic culinary principals with emphasis on modern trends and cooking techniques, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia will prepare you in the basic skills necessary to find gainful employment upon graduation.
Some of the courses you will study include classical cuisine, baking, culinary skills, American regional cuisine, charcuterie and international cuisine. You will be instructed in kitchen management, menu design, cost controls, as well as running a dining room.
Not only will you gain hands on experience in your classes, you will have the opportunity to work in the kitchen and the front of the house in the schools restaurant, Petite Passion. You will also be able to complete two working internships in greater Philadelphia restaurants.
By the time you graduate, you will be able to obtain an entry level position as a prep cook, line cook and first cook. With a little experience in the field, you may quality for sous chef, chef and executive chef. Work for a restaurant, start your own restaurant or catering business, the options are many.
Baking & Pastry – diploma: If you want to learn how to make assorted desserts from custards to cakes in Philadelphia, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia diploma program is what you want to look at. Here you will be trained by professional bakers the techniques to create pastries, frozen desserts, meringues, chocolate as well as artisan bread.
Baking & Pastry making is a demanding part of the culinary industry you will have an opportunity to develop the creative expressions necessary to be successful in this field. Besides learning techniques, you will be trained how to use the professional equipment that goes with the territory. Combining a combination of lecture and hands on instruction, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills you need to go out and find an entry level job in pastry arts.
Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management: This program is geared to give the student the necessary skills to enter the business end of culinary arts. Students of this program will be given a foundation in such skill areas as personnel management, accounting, financial management, cost control and facility design. This rigorous program led by trained instructors will prepare its graduates to enter the food service industry in entry-level positions such as restaurant manager and catering manager in such facilities as hotels the world over.
School Restaurant – Petite Passion
Students attending the culinary arts program get to show their stuff at Petite Passion to the public. I had the good fortune to dine there on my daughter’s class trip that was arranged by Chef Daniel D’Angelo whose daughter went to school with mine. We had a wonderful afternoon touring the various classrooms and kitchens ending up enjoying a fabulous meal at Petite Passion.
It’s open for lunches and dinners on Wednesdays and Thursdays while the school is in session but you should call for reservations.
The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The “City of Brotherly Love” was founded in 1682 and is one of the most historically, culturally cities you will ever visit. I know, I live here. I would compare it to a smaller version of New York City where it has everything New York has but on a smaller scale. What I like about Philadelphia as compared to New York is accessibility. It is so easy to get into and out of the city to go to restaurants, theatre or sporting event.
In the area of the school you will find all sorts of restaurants at various price ranges, coffeehouses, museums, theatres and you are just minutes away from Center City where you will find what you would expect to find in a major city. If you are into great markets, there is nothing like the street markets of South Philly or the Market Street Terminal.
The school is an ideal location for college life especially since you will be going to school near some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges including University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
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