Culinary Arts Program


​In the Culinary Arts program at the Iowa Culinary Institute® (ici®) at the DMACC Ankeny Campus, we believe that if it's dreamable, it's doable … and we're ready to help you live your dream. Our Culinary Arts program will prepare you for an exciting culinary career with hotels, restaurants, clubs, resorts and select jobs in dining room service, catering or management.

By the end of our two-year program, you will have the experience to take on the career you'll love. With training from exceptional chefs and unsurpassed educational experiences that include working with French culinary chefs, you'll get much more than the fundamentals in the culinary arts. Plus, our top eight chosen graduates each year are awarded a trip to France where they experience food and wine tastings, attend a cooking class at Cordon Bleu, and have the option to serve in individual culinary apprenticeships with French chefs.

You'll combine these experiences with courses in:

  • food preparation
  • nutrition
  • menu planning
  • purchasing
  • baking
  • international cuisine
  • restaurant management
  • advanced culinary cuisine

It adds up to one of the finest culinary programs anywhere that will give you the practical experience and knowledge of the restaurant industry that you'll want and need in your career.