Culinary Schools in New York City

Culinary Schools in New York City

by admin on June 17, 2012

It goes without saying that New York City is one of the dining capitals of the world. It’s no surprise that it’s also home to some of the best culinary schools. Whether you dream of being the next Iron Chef – like alum Cat Cora at the Culinary Institute of America – or get in with the reputable ranks at the Institute of Culinary Education, there’s a school here for everyone.

The Institute of Culinary Education, commonly called ICE, boasts international industry awards and long-running ties to the Beard Foundation. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have had Julia Child as a regular guest instructor. The school started humbly. In 1975, its founder, Peter Kump, taught only five students in his apartment on the Upper West Side; he strived to teach improvisation over straight recipes. The school received press from the New York Times and then immediately exploded.

Francophiles in Manhattan may appreciate the French Culinary Institute. Not only does FCI offer externships for students in top New York restaurants, they require serious training hours at their own Soho restaurant, L’Ecole. Student chefs at L’Ecole graduate with the advantage of already having real experience working in the industry.

Are you vegan? Vegetarian? Flexitarian? Instructors at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School gear their classes to alternative lifestyles while stressing complete nutrition and health. You can get a small taste by attending one of their “Friday Night Dinners,” a reservation-only, three-course, prix-fixe, vegetarian meal. The meal is crafted by their current, passionate students and held in the intimate dining room at their West 21st Street facilities. Post-dinner, tearful speeches by students and teachers alike are common.

While most culinary programs are time-intensive and rigorous, many of these schools offer part-time enrollment or night classes. Perhaps the most flexible school in NYC would be Stratford Career Institute. You can earn your diploma online from home in as little as six months. Because let’s face it, not everyone has the luxury to discover their inner Ratatouille at their leisure.

The most amazing thing about culinary schools in New York City is that…you’re in New York City! All five boroughs are practically reeling with restaurants and bakeries with unimaginable inventiveness in all types of cuisines. What better way to supplement your education than to taste firsthand new and long revered food by gourmand masters? Furthermore, imagine scoring the opportunity to work in one of these kitchens for your externship. Think of Michael Anthony atGramercy Tavern, Jean-Georges VongerichtenatJean Georges, MasaTakayamaatMasa, Thomas Keller at Per Se, and David Chang atMomofuku. It’s all here.

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Culinary Schools In Houston

Culinary Schools In Houston

by admin on June 17, 2012

Houston’s gastronomy world is more than just Tex-Mex and steaks. As one of the largest cities in the U.S., its culinary schools have a lot to offer. Culinary school offers new careers, new connections, and new hobbies. Furthermore, the economy took less of a hit there than other major cities like New York, which makes Houston a much more lucrative city to new chefs wanting to find work or even start their very own restaurant. Arguably the most notorious culinary school in the city is the Culinary Institute LeNotrê. This world-class French school,run by chef Alain LeNotrê, is notoriously aggressive. It prides itself on its bread-baking and pastry program – fitting since the founder is the son of legendary pastry chef, Gaston LeNotrê. Students are able to practice their working speed at the school’s own restaurant, Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge. The restaurant seeks to support local growers and artists and introduce French wines and microbrews to their patrons.

The Art Institute in Houston also offers a culinary curriculum. Like the rest of their programs, the Art Institute focuses on prepping students to find work with real, hands-on experience. To contribute to their community, they also have “Best Teen Chef” contests every year, in which professional chefs judge teens on their knife skills, food-handling safety, presentation, and portion control.

An interesting, alternative school is Well Done. Well Done is a tiny operation, literally run by two women with classes being held in the founder’s home kitchen. The founder is Celeste Terrell who is a Cambridge School of Culinary Arts graduate. The self-admittedly jovial Kathryn Herod runs the pastry classes, having studied under Eddy Van Damme, one of the best pastry chefs in the country.  Their classes never exceed more than fourteen people, and consequently, every student is ensured to receive personalized instruction. The Well Done route is obviously for Houstoniteswanting to approach cooking more as a hobby. Regardless, it could be a good introduction to those timid about taking on a formal culinary education at this point in their life or to those just wanting to build community with other food-lovers. Well Done may even be a good foundation for chefs that want to do catering. Regardless of the school, Houston’s food industry is doing remarkably well relative to the country’s economy. It seems like it would only make sense to take advantage of these circumstances. So pick a school, and run with it!.

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Culinary Schools in Texas

June 16, 2012
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The Lone Star State is known for its citizens and their love of Texas, the Alamo, and Bar-B-Q, Texans also known for their love of food and big meals.  Finding out that there are wonderful culinary schools in Texas was no surprise this me. Culinary arts programs in Texas offer students a variety of ways […]

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Culinary Schools in Florida

June 16, 2012
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According to the “Online Education Database (OEDb)” there are over 3 million cooks and food servers in the United States, and 940,000 chefs are among them.  Some of these people may have learned to cook with a relative, on their own or within a culinary institution.  For people considering a career in the culinary arts […]

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Culinary School – Catering Schools Programs

June 15, 2012
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Succeed and make a living by doing something you have a passion for. If you have an interest for culinary arts and also enjoy event planning, a career in catering may be the right program for you. In summary, a catering program prepares individuals to bring the restaurant to any place where the customer desires, […]

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Summer Culinary Programs

June 15, 2012
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For some time television networks have been battling it out to win over our hearts as well as our appetites. Teaching us all how to prepare either the most complex meal or the healthiest, all in the comfort of our own kitchen. It now seems that the academic world has fallen into step with popular […]

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Kitchen Staff – Food Service Workers

June 14, 2012
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We are a retirement community located in the greater Chicagoland area seeking to staff a variety of positions. Your duties would include: assist the chef with food and vegetable preparation, maintain the cleanliness of equipment (pots and pans) and cooking area, monitor the temperature of refrigerators and freezers, check/reorder inventory on a daily basis, and […]

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Executive Chef – Come to me!

June 14, 2012
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My sizzling sands and year round sunshine await you. Enjoy a cool dip in the ocean, frolic with the family on the beach, or mingle with the natives in the marketplace. The magnificent city of Montego Bay, Jamaica whispers your name. We offer a competitive salary ($60K), medical, dental, and travel allowance for yourself and […]

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Culinary Schools in Ohio

June 14, 2012
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Ohio states slogan is “So Much to Discover”, what could be a place to start than in the culinary arts.  The world of culinary arts is a great place to discover new things.  You’re able to discover new foods that you’ve never heard of and try things you would not have tried otherwise.  It’s adventure […]

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Culinary Schools in Chicago

June 14, 2012
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, more and more people in Chicago are thinking of making a career switch. A good percentage of them are enrolling in culinary school, probably after countless nights of making pensive, grilled cheese sandwiches at three o’ clock in the morning.If you want, take a look at Fox Channel’s “Masterchef” contestant, […]

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