Culinary Arts Educations

Written by Shirley Parker
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One of the best culinary arts educations in the nation is offered by the California Culinary Arts Schools that include the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and California School of the Culinary Arts in Pasadena. California Culinary Academy offers intensive studies leading to an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Le Cordon Bleu - Culinary Arts. California School of the Culinary Arts also has a program partnered with Le Cordon Bleu.

Other states and provinces also offer excellent choices among culinary arts educations, including: Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois; Dubrulle International Culinary Arts in Vancouver; and Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh. In fact, most prospective culinary arts students should be able to find top-rated training within a reasonable distance of home or other relatives.

Applicants who are accepted into a program may still need to live on campus or close-by, instead of at home, due to distance. Even so, with financial aid and loans available for those who qualify, costs for culinary arts educations need not be an astronomical burden, either immediately or down the road. It is helpful if students of any age have learned some budgeting skills during their earlier years. A career in culinary arts requires planning ability, wise purchasing of supplies, and careful management of resources.

What To Look For in Culinary Arts Educations

The student needs hands-on workshops. He or she needs to learn by doing, by making the mistakes now, not when paying customers are waiting for their meal. A culinary arts degree, if sought, will provide faster advancement in the industry, so general business and kitchen management skills are an essential part of that curriculum. Are internships available at nearby food establishments? What is the school's record in job placement? Do they have the figures to back it up? Ask if you can contact some former students.

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