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Mahriah’s Answer

I'm sure that you enjoy cooking at home and for others! There are numerous culinary arts schools and there is probably one in a city near you. Here's a list of a few that are top rated.

1. Institute of Culinary Education
Location: New York, New York

Total tuition cost:

Culinary arts: about $37,000
Baking: about $36,000
Restaurant management: about $14,000
Hotel/Motel management: about $15,000
Program length:

Culinary arts: 650 contact hours (8 months)
Baking: 610 contact hours (8 months)
Restaurant management: 316 contact hours (7 months)
Hotel/Motel management: 636 contact hours (12 months)

2. The International Culinary Center
Location: New York, New York

Total tuition cost:

Culinary arts: about $21,000 or about $39,000, depending on the program
Baking and pastry arts: about $11,000–$39,000, depending on the program
Wine steward: about $11,000
Program length:

Culinary arts: 2–6 months
Baking and pastry arts: 2–6 months
Wine steward: 3 months

3. Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park.
Location: Hyde Park, New York

Total tuition cost: about $31,000 per year

Program length: 2 years or 4 years

4. Kendall College

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Total tuition cost: about $20,000 per year

Program length: 2 or 4 years

5. New England Culinary Institute

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

Total tuition cost:

Culinary arts: about $25,000–$90,000, depending on the program
Baking and pastry arts: about $73,000
Restaurant management: about $25,000
Hospitality administration: about $32,000
Program length:

Culinary arts: 60–137 credits (24–42 months)
Baking and pastry arts: 77 credits (24 months)
Restaurant management: 60 credits (24 months)
Hospitality administration: 60 credits (24 months)

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Dada’s Answer

Hi Marcus B ,
Always & always a a formal Bachelor degree is always advantageous. To achieve great heights in your career as a chef (a high-end chef), then a relevant degree or diploma (in addition to training or apprenticeship) will help you in several ways. You can do a diploma course in culinary arts or hotel & hospitality management after your high school to get into the culinary world.

Cheers :)

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Sunitha’s Answer

If you have a culinary degree and/or trained under a notable chef and have moved up the ranks, you are typically considered a chef. If you simply dabble in the kitchen at home or are just starting out at the bottom of the restaurant totem pole, you are almost always considered a cook.

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Junnie’s Answer

Hi Marcus,

I am a chef, and have a AS culinary degree.

Cooking is a very hands-on job, but at the same time there is a lot of knowledge and skills involve as well.

Of course, the most traditional way to job field is through college, I certainly agree to that. Having the knowledge and apply later.

But it is also a good idea if you can work part time in a restaurant to build some skills and experience. So when you are learning in school, you can also reflect your experience.

In the culinary world, it is more than working in a restaurant, it can also be in a company as chef to do food presentations, or travel chef, or private chef. There are all different kind of opportunities.

Choose your career according to your passion and you will blossom!

Good luck Marcus!





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Magdalin’s Answer

In order to be a successful Chef - Dedication, Training and Patience are required along with skills like Willingness to Learn, Genuine Passion, Organization Skills, Ability to Skillfully Multitask, Creativity, Time Management, Teamwork, Leadership Skills and Stamina.

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Ryan’s Answer

Culanary arts school in Chicago one of the best schools around

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Sunitha’s Answer

If you have a culinary degree and/or trained under a notable chef and have moved up the ranks, you are typically considered a chef. If you simply dabble in the kitchen at home or are just starting out at the bottom of the restaurant totem pole, you are almost always considered a cook.

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