Chef Training: Top Rated Culinary School - Austin, TX

Students interested in studying culinary arts in Austin, TX, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are only four schools that offer culinary arts training within 50 miles of Austin, TX. Three of the four schools are for-profit institutions. Based on graduation rates and program availability, the top schools in Austin are:

  • Winner: Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin earned the top ranking with its strong retention and graduation rates.
  • Runner Up #1: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin earned recognition for its on-campus restaurant and facilities
  • Runner Up #2: Austin Community College District was noted for its various learning and career resources available to students.

School Comparison Table

Category Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin Austin Community College District
Location Austin, TX Austin, TX Austin, TX
School Type <2-year, private for-profit 2-year, private for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $23,900 (for culinary art/chef training program)* $12,854* $2,490 (in-district)*
$7,860 (in-state)*
$9,870 (out-of-state)*
Culinary Arts Program Levels Offered Certificate Certificate; associate's degree Certificate; associate's degree
Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2012-2013 93* 435* 24*
Most Popular Culinary Arts Program in 2011-2012 1-2 Year Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (93 awarded)* Associate's in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (381 awarded)* 1-2 Year Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (13 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2010 Entering Class 42%* 64%* 6%*
Noteworthy The school offers modern commercially equipped kitchens and part-time culinary jobs in conjunction with the program The curriculum is overseen by a certified master chef and offers training in a real restaurant setting The program offers job placement and internship opportunities

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Winner: Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin

  • Placement assistance in the culinary industry
  • Modern kitchen facilities and equipment
  • The program offers an accelerated curriculum
  • 20:1 student-faculty ratio, according to the NCES

The 40-week culinary arts program at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin is designed to advance students' cooking methods and techniques, as well as develop individuals' knowledge of current culinary trends. Emphasizing small class sizes and personalized attention, this program's curriculum covers kitchen management skills, bread baking, seasoning, sauces, and knife skills. As part of their degree requirements, students must also complete a three-week farm experience at an off-site location. During these three weeks, students gain a greater understanding of local food sourcing and production, as well as sustainable farming practices.

Runner-Up #1: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin

  • Students learn alongside experienced chef instructors in real restaurant settings
  • Students complete hands-on training in large kitchens
  • The program offers externship opportunities

At Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin, students have the opportunity to pursue a Certificate in Culinary Arts. Directed by a certified master chef, this program provides students with hands-on culinary training through access to large kitchen facilities, professional tools, and various ingredients. In addition to an externship experience, this program features coursework that trains students in safety and sanitation, taste and flavoring, plating techniques, baking and pastry, and cuisine across cultures. The college also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program, which includes management, purchasing, and inventory training.

Runner-Up #2: Austin Community College District

  • Offers students a tutoring and learning lab
  • Both programs prepare graduates for the Certified Culinarian certification
  • Students have access to a student success office

The Culinary Arts Certificate program at Austin Community College District is designed to develop students' culinary skills within a commercial setting, while also advancing individuals' management abilities. Accredited by the ACF, this program features coursework in food production and planning, meat preparation and cooking, basic food preparation, and baking. Along with a field experience, the program requires completion of courses in sanitation and safety, nutrition, and the hospitality industry.

An Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program is also available to students. In addition to the courses featured in the certificate program, this degree program includes coursework in beverage management, dining room service, international cuisine, and purchasing for hospitality operations.

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