Culinary School: Top Rated Culinary Arts Program - Cincinnati, OH

School and Ranking Info

The three schools in Cincinnati, OH, that offer programs in culinary arts are all located within a 15-mile radius. They include one for-profit institute and two public colleges. The smaller of the two public schools was chosen as the top school in the area based on its quality and variety of its professionally accredited programs.

  • Winner: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers a certificate program in the culinary arts; a unique certificate program for personal chefs is also available. Degree seeking students can earn an Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Culinary Arts Technology.

School Info Chart

Category Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Location Cincinnati, OH
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $3,745 (in-state);
$7,232 (out-of-state)*
Culinary Arts Awards Offered Certificate and associate
Culinary Arts Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2013 103*
Most Popular Culinary Arts Program Level in 2012-2013 Associate (67 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class 16%*
Noteworthy The college's Midwest Culinary Institute is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

  • Culinary facilities include garde manger, international and pastry kitchens; a butcher shop, a decorations lab and a fish shop
  • Culinary arts students complete a full-time cooperative education experience
  • 90-seat, student-run restaurant provides aspiring professionals with hands-on experience
  • 200-seat culinary demonstration studio used by celebrities and visiting chefs provides live broadcasts

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is a multi-site school that enrolls more than 11,000 students each year. The Business Technologies Division is home to the Midwest Culinary Institute (MCI), which is located on the college's main campus. In addition to the culinary and pastry programs, MCI offers degrees in dietetic, nutrition science and hospitality management technology, as well as single-session cooking classes on a flat-fee basis.

The 12-credit Certificate in Culinary Arts program is designed for serious home cooks; however, the credits are transferable to the AAB in Culinary Arts Technology. The 33-credit Personal Chef Certificate program takes three semesters to complete and includes courses in baking, cooking, cost control and menu planning. Students in the 71-credit AAB in Culinary Arts Technology program study beverage management, cold food preparation, food service sanitation and international cuisine, among other related topics; they also participate in two full-time cooperative education experiences.

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