Typical culinary school programs include two-year associate degree programs and four-year bachelor's programs. Some students complete a two-year degree at a community college, trade school or culinary institute. Others complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year university or college.
On-the-job training is a common requirement to develop a successful career as a chef. Therefore, apprenticeship programs are standard. Students who complete a two-year degree often transition directly into an apprenticeship experience. In a four-year program, students may complete internships or apprenticeships as part of the curriculum. Even after earning a degree and gaining some experience, it can take several years to work up through a kitchen to a chef position.