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Join the masters from the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts and the Italian National Culinary Team for the most spectacular display of culinary art in the world!



Master of Italian Cuisine
3 months full immersion
The Evolution of Italian Cuisine
2 weeks full immersion
Tradition & Evolution
1 week full immersion + 1 week culinary travel in North Italy
Italian Culinary Exploration
1 week full immersion
Italian Wines & Haute Cuisine
1 week full immersion
Pastry, Desserts & Specialty Breads
1 week full immersion
Artisan Gelato: Technique & Production
1 week full immersion
Advanced Mediterranean Cuisine
1 week full immersion + gastronomic travel to Sicily
IKA Culinary Olympics
5 days all inclusive attendance

The Foundation of Italian Haute Cuisine
1 week full immersion

Advanced Cuisine, Baking, Patissier & Gelato in Dubai
1 week full immersion
+ gastronomic travel presented in Dubai, UAE


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All programs are inclusive of hotel, all meals & wines, market visits & much more!

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Meet Italy's top culinary professionals

Culture, cuisine, art, nightlife & more!

Work with Europe's latest culinary equipment
in a real world setting

All of our programs and excursions are available for your association at special group rates.
Culinary Institutes,
corporations and agents,
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to learn more about special offers for our partners as well as the Institutes' custom courses.

Mediterranean cuisine, buffet, vegetarian, pasta, baking, hearth breads, desserts and more from the Institute's and Italy's top culinary professionals.

Restaurant, Hotel, Industry
Food, Pastry , Bakery, Gelato, Trade Shows

Planning a Special Event that requires Master Chefs from Italy?
Our masters travel to every continent presenting haute Italian dinners, events, demos and expert seminars on Italian and International Cuisine for restaurants, resorts, hotels, cruise ships, gourmet shops and
trade fairs. E mail us your plans to find out costs and sample itineraries.

Do you require professional training for your staff or menu development for authentic Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine?
Whether you already have a successful restaurant, need to update or are considering a rollout, ICI can assist in full immersion staff training or to perfect your menu or concept. E mail us here.

Looking for an Apprenticeship or Stagiere in Italy?
Learn authentic Italian cuisine from the source. Work alongside a master following a course. E-mail your resume here

Are you a restaurateur looking for a Professional Chef from Italy?
The Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary & Pastry Arts receives scores of inquiries from both Italian chefs and restaurant owners around the world who are seeking either permanent or seasonal positions or consulting services. E mail us here to inquire.

Recreational & Educational Programs & Excursions
Luxurious Epicurean Excursions
Are you a Gastronome looking for 1st Class accommodations, itineraries and fine dining. Our recreational programs are designed to fit all budgets.



Artistic Baking and Bread Sculpturing
for individual plate decoration, buffets and special events
This one to three day program included in most courses!

Introducing the Latest Food Styling Technique from Italy
Pane Artistico
(Artistic Baking and Bread Sculpturing instructed by current world champion Nicola Stratoti. Learn more about chef Nicola here)

Why Artistic Baking?

Detail, delicacy, height and movement are all important in this autumn theme basket with natural colors.

Elaborate individual plating presentations, decorative buffets and luxuriant show pieces should all be part of a culinary professional's repertoire. In recent years, spectacular displays of food art can be found in most fine restaurants as well as upscale catering operations for both in-house and on-site functions. Indeed, an ever increasing number of culinarians have taken the extra effort to learn sugar and chocolate work, fruit and vegetable carving, ice sculpturing, etc.

Although all concentrations of food decoration are important, our imagination is often constrained or equipment by the facilities available for production, storage limitations and, of course, output time.

As in sugar and chocolate work, here fantasy and imagination have no limits.

While pastry chefs normally enjoy optimum working conditions for sugar and chocolate work, most chefs de cuisine do not. Ice carving requires raw materials that are often expensive or difficult to find. Where ice carvers are equipped for storage, most chefs have limited freezer space. Finally, fruit and vegetable carving, as gorgeous as they are, require that a chef's valuable time is occupied with its tedious work. A main factor in the decline of vegetable art is its short term resistibility and shelf life as even treated pieces alter considerably in just a few days.

The exploding popularity of Pane Artistico (Artistic Baking), is not only due to the striking finished product, but because of its user friendly technique. The ingredients for bread remains one of the least expensive accompaniments as they are still just flour, water, yeast and flavor. As well, most chefs already have the skills necessary for creative sculpturing as the entire technique is based on conventional baking.

Unlike fruit and vegetable carvings, these Porcini mushrooms will last for weeks and can be either used over again or stored for later use.

Finally, these stunning pieces, both large and small, can last up to six months and even a year, giving chefs the opportunity to spend less time on ambiance and more on making food taste great which is, after all, the most important element in our sector.

Artistic Baking is now part of several regular programs at ICI for the 2006 - 2008 sessions. Details are listed at the end of this page.

Typical Styles for Artistic Baking

Large Pieces for Buffets, Theme Events and Competitions
Similar to sugar and chocolate work, these pieces are typically 1 meter in height and base
Roman Fountain of Bountifulness
Il Vino



Small Pieces for Buffets and Centerpieces
These pieces are typically life size
Baskets of Cornucopia

Porcini Mushrooms
Mirror Bouquet

Artistic baking is composed of entirely edible ingredients and components. First, large and small pieces are formed and baked, just as bread is. Then individual pieces are assembled together resulting in the final product.
Assembling portraits

Forming a basket

Making component pieces: forming and baking at different times and temperatures for different monochromatic colors.

Decorative plating in restaurants should never be improvised during service and one person on the line should be all that's needed to serve out beautiful dishes. Therefore, plate art is taken to new levels with these techniques where the planning and assembly is done during normal misenplace. Unlike vegetable and fruit ornaments, these edible and inexpensive pieces are not only stunning but can be conserved for weeks.

Buon Lavoro!

Artistic Baking is now part of the following programs at ICI for the 2006 - 2008 sessions:
~Master of Italian Cuisine
~The Evolution of Italian Cuisine
Italian Culinary Exploration
~Pastry, Desserts & Specialty Breads
~Advanced Mediterranean Cuisine
Click here for more about Andrea VoltolinaAndrea Voltolina
Current World Champion Master Chef Patissier and m
ember of the Italian National Team combines advanced baking techniques & chocolate & sugar art with Mediterranean Cuisine during two intensive days exclusively during the 2010 and 2011 programs!
Maestro di Cucina ItalianaMaster of Italian Cuisine
3 months and 300+ hours of Italian Haute Cuisine & Wines. ICI's most comprehensive master's program is the only course in Italy that is all-inclusive of course fees, accommodations, meals, cultural travel and much more in one price. Instructed by i Maestri (the masters), this dynamic program includes certification for cuisine, patissier and sommelier. Click above to choose which location you prefer!

Details about this event coming soonIce Carving Classic
Chicago, ILL, USA
MAY, 2011
Sponsored by ICI, Italy's top Ice Artists compete in this world class competition. Ice carvings are an exclusive part of the finest buffets at the most elegant hotels and private parties in haute dining. Watch and see these masters turn water into art.

Explore the most ancient wines and cusine in the world. Details coming soon6th Annual Celebration of the Mediterranean Cuisine of Great Greece
Calabria, Italy
JULY 21-25, 2009
Italy's 's stylish Naussica Resort on the Ionian Sea is the consummate setting for the annual week-long celebration of 3000 years of southern Italian food and wine. Lectures and demos by ICI Masters and three gala dinners highlight the unique culinary and cultural event.

Advanced Cuisine, Baking & Patissier in Dubai, UAE with the ICI Masters Haute Italian Cuisine in Dubai
Dubai, UAE
Dates to be announced
Join ICI master chefs beginning in 2011 for one week in the city of lights and work together with them during five days of full immersion haute Italian cuisine, patissier, gelato and baking!
Click here for details.

Click here for a detailed look at White Truffle Event, a Divine Indulgence & More... Annual White Truffle Week
Naples, Florida, USA
November 2011
Accredited culinary courses by day and fine dining by night featuring master chefs from Italy and the USA preparing the world's most elusive gourmet treasures. Presented in the grandest style in Naples, Florida, USA.
here for a detailed look.

Click here for a virtual tour ...Click here for a detailed look at at our programs. This link includes photos of the courses, market visits, night life and a panorama of the exciting culinary and cultural experience.

Click here for a look at  this world class culinary event! Culinary World Cup EXPOGAST
The Italian Culinary Team steals the show at one of the most prestigious culinary competitions in Europe. See how our ICI master won against the elite of chefs and pastry chefs from thirty three countries and became the reigning world champion until we takes the prize again this year!
here for a detailed look.

Click here to help save this beautiful child...

5 year old Laura has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Osteosarcoma. In order to rid Laura of this devastating disease, she will need to undergo extremely expensive intense chemotherapy. ICI Chef Sabrina Mancin is assisting in fundraising to save this beautiful child. Please help... To learn more about Laura, click here.

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