College of Culinary Arts

A culinary school is an institution that is devoted to education in the art and science of food preparation. This school awards degrees which show that a student has undergone the necessary curriculum and now has the right level of training to pursue a career as a Chef, or other related cooking careers.

How some schools work

Culinary schools are often associated with that of public restaurants where a student can acquire experience in working in an environment and also performing in many roles.

There are some schools, like the Culinary Institute of America, that offer programs where an actual chef demonstrates their own knowledge and skills, and then they will be given a certification. Then some other schools have programs where the students can gain a 2 year Associate of Applied Science degree or a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree.

How to choose the best culinary school for you

There are more than 500 vocational, college and university programs that are scattered all over the country, so with that many, how do you pick the one that is best for you? There are about 7 steps to take to figure out which school will be the best fit for you.

Step 1, you should figure out what you want to do after you graduate. Such as, do you want to start a catering company, or a bakery, or start your own restaurant? Once you have decided than you can search for the schools offering those classes.

Step 2, you should decide what is most important to you in a school. Example, Location, costs and financial aid, class size, or location and housing. Step 3, you should list a group of schools you want to contact for more information; this will help you to obtain more information. Step 4, you will want to now narrow down your field, you will want to mark the pros and the cons of each school, marking in the end which ones are your best choices. Step 5, once you have chosen the best school for you, you should than visit it, and this will help you to know better if this is truly for you. Steps 6 and 7, Apply to your top picks and then choose your school.