Institute of Culinary Education Opens Culinary Schools in Russia

ICE brings its expertise to the Motherland

The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City is bringing its gastronomic expertise to St. Petersburg, Russia by opening cooking schools under the name SWISSAM Hospitality Business. ICE’s culinary arts, pastry and baking, and culinary management programs will be offered at SWISSAM.

The SWISSAM schools are designed to train students for careers in hotels, resorts, restaurants, and cruise ships around the world.

“ICE’s curriculum provides a solid foundation and a global approach to cuisine. It is a fascinating new example of globalization that Russian entrepreneurs have sought out a culinary school in New York City for direction, inspiration, and affiliation,” said ICE CEO Rick Smilow.

ICE will send its own teachers to Russia to train local teachers. The school will also open internship opportunities for ICE’s NYC students.

The Russian-based restaurant group, Dve Palochki, is funding the operation and partnering with the International Hotel Management Institute Switzerland. The goal of the SWISSAM schools is to advance the culinary and hospitality education market that Dve Palochki believes is deficient in Russia.

The first location will open in St. Petersburg in September, while the second location is projected to open in Moscow next year.