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How do you choose a cooking school?

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Students seeking a cooking or culinary school should evaluate the cost of tuition for individual classes, extended course curriculum and supplies as well as the accreditation of the school. The condition of the facilities and equipment is a key factor in choosing a cooking school as well as the type of instruction offered by instructors.

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Students should also evaluate the success of the graduates and the program itself by evaluating the credentials and experience of the instructors and the job placement services available at the cooking school. An investigation into the longevity of the cooking school's program can help students decide if the school is a good fit. A school with a long-lasting reputation of success and an established list of alumni often has resources to place students in jobs or help expand their professional network.

Students seeking a degree from a culinary school should determine if the school is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, which is one of the top professional chefs' organizations. Schools accredited through the American Culinary Federation are monitored based on their facilities, certification of instructors, curriculum and student-teacher ratios to ensure quality culinary educational experiences for students.

Individuals seeking classes for continuing education or enjoyment should evaluate the level of the courses available and determine if a hands-on, demonstration or lecture class is most desired.

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