Any input would be appreciated
I have also been looking into the World Endeavors internship program. I have no Culinary experience, except for cooking meals at home and always experimenting. I LOVE to cook, but have not been convinced that culinary school is worth the time and the money. From what I have heard from friends that are Chefs and restaurant owners (none of them have a Culinary degree) and they are very successful. I was just wondering if anyone knows if you need any experience to attend these internships? It sound very exciting and a good life experience too.
Move to NYC and work for Micheal White... that will save you 38K.
In all seriousness the Italian program seems well worth it..
I'm currently about to finish up at FCI and from what I can tell the students look very happy..
5 months in NYC, 4 months in Italy...... Priceless!
I am beginning my class at the Italian Culinary Academy on March 14th. I am already experienced in the kitchen, but I am hoping this formal training and European experience will put me into another level of my career. I will make a thread as my time there progresses and document how it is going.
I am a current student at the ICA and am about to graduate to Alma in Italy. I have to say I was unsure at first of the cost and gained experience. After the first week and a half it was almost too intense and is definitely a struggle for anyone expecting to breeze through and have a good time. The time spent in the kitchen is definitely enjoyable but still intense. The chefs are friendly and encourage you to do better while working with your class helps you to push your own limits. I have learned some skills I had no idea were out there along with literally all the Italian that’s possible to learn in a ten week period. The price is definitely high for any 7 week program but the experience and connections made are the best you can get out of this short of a time. For anyone looking to get the best dive into Italian cuisine and culture I would highly recommend this program. I commute so i’m paying around $325 a month but living in the city would be around $1500 more so it is hefty but most of my class does it and they don’t seem to mind. Good luck with future school hunting it’s definitely a tough choice.
Too bad there is no date for these posts. I can only see the join date so I don't know if I joined this group to respond to an outdated post. However, I really appreciate the response from whhj2. Thank you. I agree this is an expensive program especially considering the average salary of a chef. I am considering this program as we speak. And I must say that this is THE institution to get your culinary education if you want to be a serious chef. This school is brilliantly created. Top quality. And the connections for the best jobs can be had. I have a home team advantage being a NYC native but housing is included in Italy. If you haven't been to college yet the federal grants (and possibly state) are available as this is a recognizable institution. And student loans are available. The statement from whhj2 claiming the program is intense actually brought a smile to my face because the only thing I was worried about was that it wouldn't be enough of a challenge. Go for it.
Id love to take a short course or themed course at ICIF. Looks awesome!!