ICC to Host Culinary Arts High School Expo & Open House

Illinois Central College will welcome hundreds of high school students to the Culinary Arts High School Expo on November 17-18 from 9 am-2 pm at Dogwood Hall located on the ICC Peoria Campus.

Students will explore the state-of-the-art kitchen and classrooms while receiving first-hand information from ICC faculty and students about the ICC Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs, as well as the steps to enroll, financial assistance, and student life.

“These unprecedented times have had a large impact on our industry. Fortunately, the culinary scene has always been, and will remain, flexible and resilient,” said ICC Professor Chef Charles Robertson. “Even with all the adaptations due to COVID-19, we offer a world-class culinary education with a community college price point.”

On Thursday, November 18 from 4-6 pm, the ICC Culinary Arts Institute will open to any individual interested in a culinary arts career for its annual Culinary Arts Open House. Attendees will explore the state-of-the-art kitchen and classrooms at Dogwood Hall on the Peoria campus. ICC faculty and students will meet with attendees to share details and answer questions about the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs

“Just like the culinary scene, we have adjusted and remained flexible throughout the pandemic with our classes and curriculum,” said Chef Robertson. “I am confident our graduates can go anywhere in the world and find a job. The success of our alumni and our high placement rates confirm it.”

The ICC Culinary Arts Institute is one of only two Illinois culinary schools with the rare Exemplary accreditation status and the only one outside of Chicago.

All CDC guidelines will be observed for safety at events. Face masks are required inside campus buildings. For more information about the Culinary Arts High School Expo on November 17-18, contact ICC Admissions at [email protected] or 309-694-5200. To register for the Culinary Arts Open House, visit