List of Cities with Culinary Schools

by Olivia Tacelli
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 8, 2011

San Francisco is one of the Best Culinary School CitiesLooking for a great culinary school has never been easier. Find a top notch culinary degree program in one of these large or small cities, depending on what kind of experience you're looking for.

Big Cities Offer Big Culinary Arts Scenes

Big cities offer a wider range of cultural influences, ingredients, flavors, and venues in which to explore and create your own style. They can add a dynamic and exciting energy to your education, not to mention superb food to your diet.

Home to more than one of the top ten culinary schools in the United States, New York, NY is also where you can find some of our country's most talented top chefs. Since restaurant life is thriving in the Big Apple, your exposure to its incredible array food can only enhance your creativity and repertoire.

Not surprisingly, San Francisco, California is home to some high-ranking culinary schools. This, along with a unique mingling of cultures, world class Sonoma wines, access to year-round fresh produce, and unbelievable seafood, makes San Francisco a perfect location for your culinary degree program.

Small Cities Boast Strong Culinary School Connections

When a small city hosts a remarkable culinary arts school, the two often develop a mutually beneficial relationship. A small community can support the school and vice versa through keeping people employed, attending events, and attracting visitors, therefore maintaining a healthy and enduring culinary arts scene.

The presence of a renowned culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island has turned the city into a culinary destination. After graduation, many excellent chefs stay on to offer local restaurants their hard work, inspiration, and talent.

You'll find one of the best cooking schools in the world in Hyde Park, New York, located on the Hudson River less than two hours from New York City. With a population of around 20,000, Hyde Park is a small, beautiful city with a rich history and a strong connection to good food that revolves around a great culinary institution.

Whether its a bustling, fast-paced urban feel or a slower, community-based vibe you want, you can find a top ten culinary degree program in one of these great locations.

About the Author

Olivia Tacelli is a freelance writer specializing in all things culinary. She has been a chef and caterer for 18 years, and has run her own whole foods cooking business, The Olive Tree, for 8 years.

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