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Top Ten Cooking Schools in  the USA & Canada Revealed

Study by leading food editors and restaurateurs

Recently, over one hundred culinary industry leaders were asked to name and rank the best professional cooking schools in North America.

They developed a list of the top 10 best culinary schools and colleges in the United States and Canada, according to those culinary experts. These 10 professional cooking schools range in size from the tiny to the world’s largest institutions devoted to culinary education. The Top 10 Best Rated Cooking Schools list will be used by the culinary education web site CookingSchoolsCompared.com for its head to head comparisons of more than 40 leading culinary schools included in their data in American and Canadian (Ontario) culinary programs.

In no particular order, these are the rankings for the top culinary schools, according to the survey results.

  • The Culinary Institute of America (Spain)
  • The French Culinary Institute of New York City
  • Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • New England Culinary Institute
  • California Culinary Academy
  • L’Academie de Cuisine
  • Tante Marie’s Cooking School
  • Kendall College
  • George Brown Chef School

The industry study was conducted by TrueComparison.org and included 150 food editors, journalists and restaurateurs who responded by e-mail, web and direct mail responses

There are a number of other well rated culinary schools that have received high recognition. Select a school link to request complimentary information.

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Compare several colleges and universities. Understand that their goal is to enroll, not get you a job. Decide which school gives you the best opportunity to get the skills you'll need to succeed. Some help with financial aid or grants.

Evaluate each school- not just by the flashy pamphlets or brochures. Visit the campuses, if you can. Meet with advisors. Ask if you can sit in on a class. Walk the campus and talk with other students.

While it may not be possible for an on-site visit, search the many forums, tweets and blogs for feedback from current and former students. Even the best rated schools, though will have its opponents. So consider any negative feedback may or may not have merit.


Culinary schools may prepare- but don't be oversold

While there are many quality culinary schools, some have come under scrutiny for tactics used to convince potential students of unobtainable career goals.

Private, for profit, culinary education is a big business based on quantity over quality in some cases. About 12% of students attend a for-profit institution.

The tuition is often higher than public colleges, but for-profit schools are often more focused on career preparation than a general education. Expectations of a high paying job after graduation is often overblown.

Competition for the best chef positions usually do not go to entry level, recent graduates- either from public or private schools. Experience, and proven skills, still command the higher pay and top chef jobs.

They key is getting into the right company immediately after graduation and working up the ladder to earn the best employment opportunities over years of dedication to perfect ones cooking techniques. The stand out chef gets the accolades.

Popular cooking TV shows like "Iron Chef" (Food Network), "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox Broadcasting) and "Top Chef" (Bravo) have fueled the cooking industry and accelerated new culinary curriculum among major private colleges and universities.

Cooking schools cannot promise students will get good paying jobs, or any job, after graduation. No school, not even public colleges, guarantees that.

Students should expect to learn new and unique culinary skills that can give the advantage over untrained cooks. Then, develop specialty dishes that will give the edge over everyone else competing for the same jobs.

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Three in Ten Americans Love to Cook

Two in Five Prepare Meals at Home Five or More Times per Week

Whether it be a soufflé, a spaghetti carbonara or just a perfectly flipped and folded omelet, for many Americans there is that one dish that is their signature one or the one they dream of perfecting.

While four in five U.S. adults (79%) say they enjoy cooking, just three in ten (30%) say they love it and almost half (49%) say they enjoy it when they have the time.

One in five Americans say they either do not enjoy cooking (14%) or do not cook (7%). Continue reading about Americans cooking at home.

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