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Top 10 Culinary Schools

Updated on January 21, 2010

The aim of culinary schools is to teach the students the art of cooking, food preparation as well as hospitality management.

Over the years, a myriad of culinary arts schools have sprouted across the country. Whether you're pursuing your dream of becoming a chef or simply, fulfilling your passion for cooking, there will always be one culinary school in your area.

But choosing the right culinary school can really be an overwhelming experience where due diligence is necessary.

Top 10 Culinary Schools

  1. The Culinary Institute of America
  2. The French Culinary Institute of New York City
  3. Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute
  4. Johnson & Wales University
  5. New England Culinary Institute
  6. California Culinary Academy
  7. L’Academie de Cuisine
  8. Tante Marie’s Cooking School
  9. Kendall College
  10. George Brown Chef School

In no particular order, here's a list of top 10 culinary schools, based on the culinary schools research done by

Keep in mind that top culinary schools can be expensive but the credential from the reputable culinary school signify your credibility as a culinary professional and, in today's competitive job market, give you an edge over other job seekers.

Apart from having your financing in place, it's equally important that you choose wisely the school that gives you enough room to express your individualism and more importantly, doesn't stiffle your creativity.

Top culinary schools offer some of the finest facilities, top-notch curriculum, externships, job placement opportunities, credentials, and diverse hands-on practical sessions in the real kitchen environment.

For better resume and career prospect in culinary fields, therefore, it’s necessary to choose from one of the top-ranked culinary schools.

Source: Best Cooking Schools


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      fayans 8 years ago from hubsphere

      Thanks for the friendly heads up, Brady. I'll see if I could find the relevant link to add.

      I for one am pretty surprised of the news too.

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      Brady J. Frey 8 years ago

      You may want to update this list, or date it - at the time of this comment, California Culinary Academy is knee deep in a lawsuit. I was researching schools with my girlfriend, and heard only great things about it 7+ years ago when it was privately owned. The lawsuit delves into the new ownerships car dealership style practice of accepting anyone and anything that pays; and graduating anyone that pays. Most of the caterers I spoke with in the area, and the quality restaurants, told us to steer clear (and after one walk through, my girlfriend plans on it).

      The community college is rated higher now and for the money, she'll be looking at Tante Marie. Thank you!