Chef Training: Top Rated Culinary School - Tucson, AZ

Tucson has few schools with programs in chef training. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

There are only four schools offering chef training within 100 miles of Tucson, AZ. Based on program offerings and distance from Tucson, the top schools to offer chef training are:

  • Winner: Scottsdale Community College offers a state-of-the-art culinary facility and two restaurants.
  • Runner Up #1: East Valley Institute of Technology offers a certificate program that is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and an on-site restaurant and bakery for hands-on training.
  • Runner Up #2: Pima Community College is the only one located within Tucson.

School Comparison Chart

Category Scottsdale Community College East Valley Institute of Technology Pima Community College
Location Scottsdale (120 miles from downtown Tucson) Mesa (115 miles from downtown Tucson) Tucson
School Type 2-year, public <2-year, public 2-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2013 $1,854 (in-state), $7,638 (out-of-state)* N/A $1,652 (in-state), $7,784 (out-of-state)*
Culinary Degrees Offered Certificates; associate's degree Certificate Certificate; associate's degree
Culinary Degrees and Certificate Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 71* 1* 30*
Most Popular Culinary Arts Program 2011-2012 Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (51 awarded)* Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (1 awarded)* Certificate in Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other (16 awarded)*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class 17%* 53%* 10%*
Noteworthy Two student-run restaurants on campus: the Artichoke Grill (lunch) and the Desert Oasis (dinner) Annual mystery chef dinner raises funds for culinary scholarships Students have access to internship opportunities

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

Winner: Scottsdale Community College

  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation
  • Free one-to-one tutoring available
  • Advanced technology demonstration classroom and teaching kitchens

Scottsdale Community College offers both associate's degrees and certificate programs in culinary fundamentals, culinary arts and advanced professional culinary arts. Showcasing 10,000 square-feet of training kitchens and two restaurants open to the public, the college provides both teaching and real-life experience. The school's faculty includes award-winning American Culinary Federation-certified chef-instructors. Scottsdale Community College also offers numerous connections, clubs and the ability to transfer to other accredited schools in pursuit of further education and training.

Runner-Up #1: East Valley Institute of Technology

  • Culinary scholarship competitions available
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation
  • Hands-on experience through a student-run gourmet restaurant

With numerous services available to the public, culinary art students at East Valley Institute of Technology are able to achieve real-life experience as they pursue a certificate program in culinary arts or commercial baking and pastry arts. The student organization, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap), offers job shadowing and internships, as well as other career opportunities and the ability to participate in culinary competitions.

Runner-Up #2: Pima Community College

  • Associate's degree classes scheduled for both weekdays and evenings
  • School offers six locations throughout Pima County

Pima Community College is the only college in the city of Tucson to offer a culinary arts curriculum. Though not focused on chef training, the college offers both associate's degrees and certificate programs in culinary arts, with coursework in restaurant operations, food service and culinary principles. Within the associate's degree program, supporting courses may include cake decorating, sauces and practical accounting, as well as a co-op work experience. There is a veteran's center on campus, and additional benefits are provided for those who are eligible.

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