5 Culinary Arts Schools


If you are considering a career in food preparation, i.e. chef, head cook, food supervisor or similar position, having sufficient training going in can certainly help your cause. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in this field are good despite slower anticipated growth. Competition for top chef jobs is fierce, therefore obtaining the right education is necessary if you want to reach higher.

Le Cordon Bleu Schools — Founded in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu operates 18 schools across the United States in addition to offering online classes leading to a bachelor’s degree. Its Culinary Arts Program leads to an associate’s degree or certificate, training students in food preparation, pastry preparation, food artistry and general education courses. Additional programs include patisserie and baking, hospitality and restaurant management and non-professional cooking classes.

Le Cordon Bleu Inc.
Corporate Office
40 Enterprise Ave.
Secaucus, NJ 07094-2517

Stratford University — This university near Washington, DC offers associate’s in advanced culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and hotel and restaurant management. Bachelor degrees in culinary management and hospitality management are also available. Complete all lower level classes and earn an A.A.S. Continue with your studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Stratford University
7777 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA

The French Culinary Institute — Launched in the 1980s, the French Culinary Institute fast tracks students into the world of work, offering six months of intensive classroom training or nine months if studying at night. An optional Italian Culinary Academy allows you to be educated in Italy. Courses offered include business development, wine studies and culinary technology.

The French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2618

The Culinary Institute of America — Opened in 1946, the Culinary Institute of America has one of the best reputations of any culinary arts school in the United States. In addition to their main campus in Hyde Park, NY, the “CIA” is now in San Antonio, St. Helena, CA and Singapore. Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are awarded in culinary arts. 18-week paid internships are available at some of the finest restaurants in the United States, France, England, Spain and Hong Kong.

The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Johnson & Wales University — Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University has campuses in Providence, Charlotte, Denver and North Miami. School offers associate and bachelor degree programs in baking & pastry arts and culinary arts. Culinary nutrition, food service entrepreneurship and a combined baking and pastry arts and food service management program are also available.

Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903

So, what about financial aid — do culinary arts schools offer this option? Yes, most do — especially those with degreed programs. Check with the respective school for your financing options.


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