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The Complete Culinary School Guide.
An Extensive Look at Culinary Schools & Careers Including Cooking, Pastry, Management & Wine

This present day economy requires a workforce that’s capable, competent and educated. This is why holders of post-secondary degrees or degrees in certificate programs are in high demand by a great number of occupations. Research carried out by the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University estimated that about two-thirds of jobs in the U.S will require a form of post-secondary education by 2018.

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Best Culinary Schools and Programs: 2017-2018

There are many options for culinary students to choose from for the right program and school. Through extensive research, we have compiled and ranked the best online and on-campus culinary programs based on our criteria. You can learn about the best culinary programs and schools for 2017-2018 here.

Find Culinary Schools Near You

Many chefs have become successful in the culinary field by the experience they have garnered in the kitchen over the years, but this is not always enough as culinary schools have a role to play in providing a strong footing through theoretical and practical classes. Trade schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities offer culinary degree programs. Intending students should compare their academic needs and desired career goals in order to decide the level of education and type of school that will be most suitable. The search tools below will help you find both.

Best Culinary Schools and Programs: 2017-2018

There are many options for culinary students to choose from for the right program and school. Through extensive research, we have compiled and ranked the best online and on-campus culinary programs based on our criteria. You can learn about the best culinary programs and schools for 2017-2018 here.

Find Culinary Schools Near You

Many chefs have become successful in the culinary field by the experience they have garnered in the kitchen over the years, but this is not always enough as culinary schools have a role to play in providing a strong footing through theoretical and practical classes. Trade schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities offer culinary degree programs. Intending students should compare their academic needs and desired career goals in order to decide the level of education and type of school that will be most suitable. The search tools below will help you find both.

Popular Culinary Degrees & Program Options

Students interested in specializing in certain fields will find subject areas to major in, giving them the expertise needed to get specific job positions and stand out in their chosen fields. Explore the following culinary program options to learn more.

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Popular Culinary Degrees & Program Options

Students interested in specializing in certain fields will find subject areas to major in, giving them the expertise needed to get specific job positions and stand out in their chosen fields. Explore the following culinary program options to learn more.

  • CookingCooks and chefs are taught to recognize fresh items for purchase and maintenance. They design and improve menu items, supervise the preparation of food and portion sizes and oversee the kitchen staff.Read More
  • PastryStudents in this field are taught comprehensively on perfecting the art of pastry making; breads, deserts, snack, from start to finish.Read More
  • Restaurant ManagementRestaurant managers are trained to manage staff, oversee daily accounting and oversight functions in restaurants. They are equipped to manage resources, staff and challenges that may arise.Read More
  • Hospitality ManagementHospitality management is all-involving, from the front desk to the kitchen, to housekeeping and effectively managing all operations. It equips students with the management skills not limited to the food business alone, as it includes tourism and hospitality administration.Read More
  • Wine Steward & SommelierWhat people drink is as important as what they eat, especially when they are eating it. Students in this field study the different types of beverages and the meals they are best paired with. Students also explore the wine-making, distillation process.Read More
  • How did you become interested in being a chef?
    I grew up watching my grandmothers, mom and dad in the kitchen and so I took interest in working in the kitchen but didn’t think I could make a career out of it till a day after school, the 11th grade to be precise. I was hanging out after school with my friends and we were all hungry but no one was ready to leave the house to get food. I got into the kitchen and organized a meal and everyone that everyone enjoyed.  It was then it occurred to me that I can earn money cooking!
  • How did you choose the culinary school you attended?
    I made the decision to choose the California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Blue, after I explored the options of school available to me, guided by my high school culinary instructor. The school’s reputation as one of the top culinary schools in the country was a predisposing factor as well as its perfect distance; far away enough for independence and close enough for regular visits.
  • What was the best part of culinary school?
    I had two best parts. One was the numerous knowledgeable instructors we had, the other was the unlimited access we has s students to ingredients. We were allowed to make use of all that we needed and if the required ingredient was unavailable, the instructor ensured that it was supplied quickly.
  • What was the most challenging part of culinary school?
    The most challenging part of the culinary school is basically a life truth; you get what you put in. Students who put in their best; read through their books, participated in schoolwork,engaged in class and practical activities had a positive experience in culinary school. I effectively doubled my learning time by working as a teaching assistant and a cook in the school’s top restaurant.
  • How did culinary school prepare you for your career?
    Going to a culinary school does not automatically land you chef jobs and the usual juicy offers like many people assume (I’ve also assumed wrongly in times past). What a culinary school does for you (and what I believe it is designed to do) is that it gives us as students, a solid base for a career in the culinary field. We did not walk out the door as young Thomas Kellers but we left with the necessary skills and knowledge we needed to get a foot in the door, impress them with what we had and learn quickly on the job in the kitchen. Asides the recipes and techniques I was equipped with, I had a fundamental understanding of opening and managing a restaurant.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become a chef?
    Being a chef involves long hours in the kitchen, under not-so-good working conditions with low pay and little praise. What you put in is what you get, so put in your very best by reading all the cookbooks you can find. Be on the lookout for new cuisine; take advantage of opportunities to travel to new places, work in different kitchens and networking opportunities. Networking will give you an edge and provide a platform to give your career a make or break when the time comes. Let your culinary network be wide enough to incorporate cooks, washers, suppliers and managers.