In the main, there are master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and non-degree culinary arts programs. The choice depends on what your target is, whether it is enhancing your knowledge and skills in cooking, or regarding cooking as a lifetime career. Here are some of the renowned schools and their culinary arts programs.
There are thirty one Art Institutes, located in major cities across North America, that offer culinary programs, which include a study in Culinary Arts and Culinary Management. Students in the culinary program learn and work in professional kitchens and gain a work experience by participating in internships, externships, or by working at onsite, school restaurants. The Art Institutes also provide career services, namely, they help obtain some part-time work, while the students are studying and support the graduates and future graduates in the job search.
The Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School, situated in Columbus, OH, is also one of the best schools, offering extensive culinary arts programs. At the end of the 20-month culinary program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts and have advanced knowledge of cooking techniques, a baking and pastry arts experience and an extensive hands-on experience. Much attention is paid to the creativity and during the program, students learn from professional chefs how to create their own menus, new dishes and, in general, a unique cooking style.
Virginia College is known for flexible class schedules, small class sizes, a financial aid and career placement assistance. The culinary arts programs at Virginia College cover basic skills, as well as new techniques and methods of cooking at the demonstrative and hands-on lessons, guided by professional food experts. After taking thirty-week culinary arts programs at Virginia College, students receive a Professional Culinary Arts Diploma.
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts provides students with exiting programs, maintained by professional chefs in a fully equipped classrooms and labs. The courses are aimed to fully prepare students for work the environment integration and develop new and significant skills, applicable to real situations that are required for the success in the food industry. Each demonstration is followed by a practical application, and students are required to demonstrate their culinary proficiencies at each level of their program. The program is of fifteen months in length - twelve months on campus, followed by a three-month externship. Graduates can assume such positions as a cook, an apprentice chef, a food and beverage manager or a kitchen manager in settings, such as restaurants, hotels, schools, bakeries, resorts and cruise ships. Notably, a Le Cordon Bleu Diplome has a national and worldwide recognition.
As your intention is to enhance cooking skills to feel the comfort and professionalism not in a restaurant, but in your home kitchen, you can choose from a variety of online or vacation culinary programs. A number of online culinary programs are also awarded by a widely recognized degree or certificate.