We appreciate your interest in GPI AMERICA. If you share our passion for creating great gelato, sorbetto, frozen yogurt, pastries and frozen desserts, and want to turn that passion into a successful business, then you are in the right place! With seventeen years of experience training students in the artisan world of gelato, you can be confident that you will leave our school with a wide-range of knowledge, confidence and the support necessary to be successful in the gelato, pastry and specialty desserts business.

Program Overview

Our classes are designed for beginners and experienced students alike. Our Gelato and Soft Serve Classes provide a broad understanding of how to produce these products and build a successful business based on quality. Our Pastry and Specialty Frozen Desserts Classes focus on different pastry and desserts options out there and how to effectively produce and sell them. But in all cases, our signature approach has been to provide students with both a solid classroom learning experience and hands-on instruction. It is our personal goal to make sure that no one leaves our classes disappointed or ill-equipped to succeed in their business. We offer the following seminars:

  • 2 Day Gelato Seminar
  • 3 Day Gelato & Design Seminar
  • Immersion Gelato & Pastry Seminar

Typical Class Structure

As a general rule, classes last about seven hours and normally run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The classes consist of two parts: classroom theory and hands-on participation. Our instructors are always available during breaks if you’d like to go over the class topics or discuss your individual needs. Lunch is provided by GPI AMERICA.

Our Instructors

Attendees are encouraged to explore the world of gelato and desserts under the guidance of our distinguished instructors. Well-trained chefs and experts in the field will bring all of their experiences to the classroom.

Awarding of Certificates

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to each student completing any of our classes. The Certificate affirms that each student has successfully passed a test and reached a specific standard of knowledge.


Our fully-equipped Professional Training Centers offer a variety of the batch freezers, display cases, blast freezers, soft serve machines, pastry tools and equipment that will give you a great opportunity to choose from the latest technologies in the business.


Recipes and instructions are provided for class use and are encouraged to be taken home.


We suggest you dress in comfortable, casual clothing. You must wear closed toe shoes and pants, as you will be working in a kitchen environment. Also, if you have long hair, it should be pulled back. GPI AMERICA will provide lab coats to wear during class.


Make sure to wash and sanitize your hands every time before making any product in the kitchen. Long hair must be restrained.

Cellular Phone Policy

Cellular phones must be turned off or placed on silent at all times while class is in session. While we request that you do not talk on your phone during class, you may do so if necessary in the hallway, outside of the classroom or kitchen. Cellular phones are permissible during the scheduled break periods.


Marriott Courtyard Phone: 631-612-5000 Address: 5000 Express Drive South, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
Distance from GPI America: 4 miles, approximately 10 minutes.
*Free shuttle service to Airport, Hotel and GPI America *Complimentary wireless Internet access in every room
*Please request the GPI AMERICA discount rate



Class Fees

GPI America charges a single registration fee per person for participation in each class, in the following designated amounts:

  • $650 2 Day Gelato Seminar
  • $750 3 Day Gelato Seminar

GPI America offers lunch during all of our training classes free of charge. As well as dinner for the first day on the 2 Day Seminar and for the 3 Day Seminar Dinner is included for the first and second day. Please note that registration cannot be confirmed until payment is received.


If you have any allergic reactions to certain foods or ingredients please let us know before the start of the class.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages may be used in certain classes for gelato and pastry production. However, outside alcohol cannot be brought into the classes. School participants may be asked to present identification to prove that they are of legal drinking age and will be held responsible for limiting their consumption of alcohol to safe amount. Pregnant women, people who will be driving, and people on certain medications should not consume alcohol.


No smoking of tobacco products is permitted within the GPI America facilities or on the property at any time.