What Are Some Good Schools for Cooking?


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Some of the top culinary schools in the United States are the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, which has campuses in Austin and Boulder; the Columbus State Community College in Ohio; El Centro College in Dallas; Faulkner State Community College in Gulf Shores, Alabama; and Florida State College at Jacksonville. These each featured on FSR magazine's list of America's top 20 culinary schools in June 2014. Some others featured include the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which has campuses in Hyde Park, New York; St. Helena in California; and San Antonio, Texas.

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The CIA recommends taking care when choosing a culinary school to attend, suggesting that prospective students look for high graduation and employment rates and Master Chefs or Master Bakers, among other things, and that programs incorporate a lot of in-kitchen instruction.

Some of the courses offered by the CIA include bachelor's degrees in culinary arts management, baking and pastry arts management or culinary science and associate degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. Other schools, such as the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, award students certificates instead of degrees.

Some other culinary schools recommended by FSR magazine are Johnson & Wales University, which has four campuses; Kapi'olani Community College in Honolulu; the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts in Chicago; and Le Cordon Blue Culinary Schools, which has 17 campuses across 12 states.

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