Education to become a professional chef begins by visiting culinary school websites such as The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) or Le Cordon Bleu. Read the information on each school's application page, and follow steps to submit an application. Supporting documents such as high school and college transcripts must be submitted to culinary schools, and an application fee might be required.Continue Reading
The first step in the CIA application process is creating an online account, which requires name, address and phone number. The CIA application form can be submitted online or by mail. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose or answer a series of short essay questions provided by the school.
The CIA website's Associate, Bachelor and ACE programs pages feature detailed essay questions, while the Accelerated Culinary Arts and Wine and Beverage Graduate certificate programs require a statement of purpose. This requirement gives applicants an opportunity to describe food industry experiences and future career goals. At least one recommendation from a food service employer or educator must accompany a CIA application, and the school encourages submission of SAT or ACT scores.
Application to Le Cordon Bleu requires creating an online account after selecting a specific school location. An admissions interview with an admissions representative is a required part of the application process. Applicants can bolster chances of admission by working in the food industry, being familiar with culinary history, and attending culinary conferences and seminars.Learn more about Career Aspirations