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An AICD graduate proudly
finishes one of his projects
- a perfect 20 inch sphere -
Student ice carver

Give us 3 days and we will give you a LIFETIME of better Carving and Design...


Develop your creative ice carving
skills in one extended weekend!

Chef Ice Artist

Decades in the making, this is the course you have been waiting for.

Providing far more instruction than what mere demonstrations of complex carvings can provide, Paul Germain's totally immersive, one-to-one, hands-on training techniques and real life applications make even the most detailed features of AICD's fascinating instructional programs come to life. Paul's break through methods of training prove to be nothing short of contagious for highly motivated chefs, culinary instructors, and professional ice carvers who want it all - their testimonials then say it all!

Note: This course of private instruction has primarily been developed for Executive, Sous, and Garde Manger Chefs, as well as Culinary College Instructors.
However, in certain circumstances, the requirements for having this level of professional culinary experience may be waived.

"A lifetime of learning in three days. Phenomenal and packed with information and trade secrets! I highly endorse this training. It's worth it with the feedback and one on one interaction. I really appreciate how you customized my training."

Giovanni Delrosario, CEC, CCE, CCA, CCIC, Program Director, Associate Professor, Executive Chef  for Los Angeles Harbor College, Lancaster, California


Our #1 Most Popular Program

for Chefs

AICD is world renown...
by those who value the best.

The Chef Ice Artist Program provides everything in the Ice Carver Program...

PLUS, it provides intensive instruction for developing the Drawing and 3-D Visualization Skills needed for high-end, handcarved ice sculptures...

This program is expecially suited for chefs who want to create advanced, multi-layered, colored logos... as well as custom,
multi-block ice sculptures. 3 Days (30 hours) of Private Instruction!
Note: To maximize your time during instructional hours, you will also be provided approximately 10 additional hours of drawing/design oriented work that is to be completed at your hotel. Thus, your instruction will provide "total immersion" in the art of ice sculpting.


Experience as an Executive Chef, Sous Chef,
Garde Manger Chef
, or Culinary College Instructor

"Paul is just the best to learn from. Wow!! So much to know about ice carving, and you will not find a better teacher than Paul Germain. He drives you to think like an artist, and when you are done you are an artist. AICD is the place to go!! I will take what I learned with me for the rest of my Ice Career. The word will be spread - AICD is the place to be. Thank you!"

Craig A Welsh, CCIA, Executive Sous Chef, St. Francis Yacht Club,
San Fransisco, California

The Chef Ice Artist Program provides one-to-one, private instruction for Executive Chefs, Sous Chefs, Garde Mangers, and Culinary Instructors. It also serves commercial ice carving companies by equipping ice carvers with the essential drawing and three-dimensional visualization skills needed for handcarved custom ice sculptures.

AICD's programs of private instruction are available year-round.
Reservations are available up to one year in advance with paid tuition.
Paul German will be happy to adapt your training schedule to best fit
your particular travel needs - such as flight arrival/departure times.

"This has been one of the biggest learning experiences I've ever had. I've realized, thanks to Mr. Paul G, there's an artist in everyone and not to be afraid of being creative. There's no doubt in my my that I'm leaving Fresno being by far a better carver, can't wait to go back to my country and put into practice all the techniques I've learned here and get out there showing people my art work. I'm really thankful to Mr. Paul and his beautiful wife for receiving me in their home and bringing out the artist in me. Muchas Gracis"

Veronica Rosa Hernandez Lopez, CPIC, Chef, Mexico City, Mexico

AICD's comprehensive Certified Chef Ice Artist Program (CCIA) features three consecutive days (45 hours total) of intensive drawing and 3-D sculpting instruction that is divided into 30 hours of private instruction and 15 hours of offsite design oriented coursework (to prepare for each day's carvings).

Total Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for this program: 45 hours

AICD's Lifetime Certification Guarantee:

Due to AICD's proven "hands on" approach to comprehensive instruction and its stature as a private school, you can earn each level of AICD Certification for life with no certification fees, no yearly fees, and no membership requirements.

To maintain the integrity of AICD's educational programs, activities such as attendance at conventions, competitions, and related activities cannot be counted for receiving AICD Certification. A carver's unique experiences may, however, qualify as the prerequisite for enrolling in AICD's advanced instructional programs.


Tuition, Class Schedules, Registration Information

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Be sure to read what chefs and career ice carvers have shared about their experience at AICD.

Our proven "total immersion" approach to individualized instruction is ideal for professional chefs and ice carvers from the United States and around the world who value the optimal use of their time, energy, and level of experience.

Based upon the student's previous art training (whether beginning or advanced), offsite coursework is individually developed to meet the particular needs of each student in order to make his or her preparation for the next day's instructional activities as beneficial and enjoyable as possible. Textbooks, drawing aids, clay, modeling tools, and other materials are furnished upon arrival at AICD for this offsite coursework.

Our Certified Chef Ice Artist (CCIA) Program is designed to teach essential drawing and three-dimensional visualization skills needed by professional chefs, culinary students, and ice carvers.

This remarkable program provides one-to-one personalized instruction that is tailored for each student's experience and future objectives. Private instruction ensures that student carvers of any level receive far more actual training and individual guidance than is possible within group ice carving classes. It also provides a much safer and more productive learning environment for developing the advanced art skills needed for highly realistic and creative multi-block construction.

Comprehensive ice carving instruction is condensed into a three-day program.

The Certified Chef Ice Artist (CCIA) Program of private instruction, combined with the Certified Professional Ice Carver Program (CPIC) fulfills the qualifications needed for enrollment in the 5 Star Master Program.

This incredible value is ideal for meeting the needs of ice sculpture companies, culinary schools, hotels, country clubs, caterers, and restaurants.

Our unique program includes hands-on training in many of the secret drawing and 3-D visualization techniques developed throughout Paul Germain's career as an award winning art educator.

Our private, one-on-one instruction is available for highly motivated ice carvers who want to advance at a rate that is optimum for their learning style, skill, and level of experience. Private instruction can be adapted to suit the individual carver's schedule.

AICD is able to adapt training hours to fit the individual needs of the student's schedule.

AICD's training/certification programs are a valuable way to earn points
for NICA and ACF certification programs, which are independent of AICD.

The art of ice carving involves the use of tools and equipment that are inherently dangerous. To meet the safety-related needs of professional ice sculpture companies, ice carving schools, hotels, country clubs, and caterers, a high priority is given to the development of safe carving, delivery, and set-up practices. This program requires that the carver be in excellent health, and must be physically able to work with heavy materials and equipment for prolonged periods of time in both warm and cold environments.

The ice carving industry is growing at a phenomenal rate in the U.S and around the world. AICD is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive ice sculpture training possible for ice sculpture companies, hotels, caterers, country clubs, and culinary schools seeking to employ highly qualified, professionally certificated chefs, ice carvers, and sales associates.

AICD is fully CCR approved and registered to provide training to all
branches of the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense


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