In any profession, attending the right school in your desired field gives you the necessary skills and training you need to be successful. The culinary industry is no different. Luckily, there are several culinary institutes across America that provide aspiring chefs the tools they need to sharpen their skills and have a successful career.
Institute of Culinary Education, New York City
The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is rated as one of the top culinary schools in the country. The curriculum is based on French culinary technique and features culinary global elements such as Japanese, Italian, Thai, and Spanish. Degrees options include Culinary Arts, Pastry and Arts, Culinary Management, and Hospitality Management.
L’Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, Maryland
For over 40 years L’Academie de Cuisine has been the premier culinary institution for aspiring chefs. Students gain experience in the school’s four professional-style kitchens and two classrooms modeled for demonstrations. The program includes training in basic and advanced kitchen fundamentals. Students finish the program after a 26-week paid apprenticeship in a fine-dining kitchen.
The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Hyde Park, New York
The highly regarded Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has on average an enrollment of almost 3,000 students. The institute considers itself the “gold standard” in culinary education with additional campuses in Napa and St. Helena, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Singapore. Notable alumni include Enrique Olvera and Anthony Bourdain. The school’s curriculum fuses the traditional college experience with vocational training.
Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago
The curriculum at Kendall College School of Culinary Arts offers students more than just the conventional culinary training. The campus is outfitted with professional-grade commercial and specialized chocolate/sugar kitchens. Aspiring chefs can bake in the outdoor bread oven or pick veggies in the sustainable garden.
Louisiana Culinary Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) is a 40,000 square foot campus offering state-of-the-art facilities such as bakery demonstration labs, a full-service kitchen and restaurant dining room. There is also an Amphitheater with a residential kitchen. The media center filled with the latest culinary information.
San Diego Culinary Institute, San Diego, California
Venture out west to the San Diego Culinary Institute for hands-on experience and smaller classes. With a maximum of 16 students per class, over 80 percent of instruction is done in one the school’s kitchen classrooms. Students must complete a 220-hour externship in a real kitchen in order to complete the program.
Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, Providence, R.I.; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; North Miami
The locations of Johnson and Wales University are located in prime culinary destinations. Students learn basic cooking skills and techniques during their first year. The second year offers advanced instruction in classical and international culinary techniques. The school’s Culinary International Exchange program selects distinguished second-year students to trade places with students in Ireland and Portugal for one semester.
A career in the culinary industry is an exciting and challenging career choice. Honing your skills at any one of these dynamic institutions will give you the knowledge you need to become one of the best in the industry.
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