Top School for the Culinary Arts in Louisville, KY

School and Ranking Info

There are only two schools within 25 miles of Louisville, KY, that provide training in the culinary arts, and one of these is a for-profit university. However, there is one public college located right in the city that offers professionally accredited programs in the culinary arts, as well as the chance to train in a commercial environment and pursue an off-campus cooking job.

  • Winner: Jefferson Community and Technical College offers academic transfer and career programs that can lead to a certificate, diploma or an associate's degree. These include catering and culinary programs that culminate in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), as well as a culinary arts certificate.

School Info Chart

Category Jefferson Community and Technical College
Location Louisville, KY
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $3,536 (in-state);
$12,176 (out-of-state)*
Culinary Arts Certificates and Degrees Offered Certificates and associate's
Culinary Awards Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 105*
Most Popular Culinary Arts Award Level in 2013 <1-year certificate (84 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class 11%*
Noteworthy Certificate in Advanced Culinary Arts and AAS in Culinary Arts programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Jefferson Community and Technical College

  • Culinary programs reflect the instructional philosophies of the Academy of Chefs, ACF and National Restaurant Association Foundation
  • Students train in a commercial kitchen and dining room
  • AAS in Culinary Arts allows for an unpaid practicum or a paid off-campus job
  • Qualified graduates may find positions as caterers, food and beverage managers, professional chefs or restaurant managers

Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) is the largest of 16 colleges that make up the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The school has an annual student enrollment of nearly 13,500 students and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. JCTC offers programs on six different campuses; the culinary arts programs are available through the Business Division, located at the school's downtown campus. These include certificates in food and beverage management and advanced culinary arts; degree-seeking students can earn an AAS in Culinary Arts or Catering.

The 65-credit AAS in Culinary Arts requires 18 credits of general education classes and a culinary technical core with classes in basic food preparation and baking, garde manger (cold food production), nutrition and sanitation. Students also acquire advanced baking and pastry techniques and study international cuisine. The 69-credit AAS in Catering program includes the same courses found in the culinary arts curriculum, as well as an introduction to business and management principles. Students who pursue the Advanced Culinary Arts Certificate complete the 36-credit technical core and 11 credits from the culinary degree option.

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