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Where to Find 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 many U.S. culinary schools, New York, NY is a city overflowing with chefs. Since restaurant life is thriving in the Big Apple, exposure to its array of food can be quite the inspiration to a chef's creativity and repertoire.

Not surprisingly, San Francisco, California is also home to multiple culinary schools. This, along with the city's mingling of cultures, fine Sonoma wines, access to year-round fresh produce, and unbelievable seafood, makes San Francisco a location well worth considering for a 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 Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island has lent the city a culinary flavor. Many graduates of the university's College of Culinary Arts have chosen to offer local restaurants their hard work, inspiration and talent after graduation.

The Culinary Institute of America is located in Hyde Park, New York, approximately two hours out 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 their local culinary institution.

Whether it's a bustling, fast-paced urban feel or a slower, community-based vibe you want, you can find a culinary degree program to explore 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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