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Top Culinary School in Fort Lauderdale for Becoming a Chef

Students interested in studying culinary arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL, have many schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to help find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Culinary programs in or around Fort Lauderdale, FL, are provided mainly by for-profit or technical institutions. Based on ranking, opportunities for hands-on culinary training and program levels, the following university is considered a top culinary school in the Fort Lauderdale area:

  • Winner: The North Miami campus of Johnson and Wales University - a school based in Providence, RI - is the largest institution in terms of student enrollment that offers culinary studies in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is also the only school within 20 miles of Fort Lauderdale that awards 4-year degrees in this field of study. Students can also earn associate's degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.

School Info Chart

Note: Ranking information reflects main campus, which is situated in Providence, RI

Category Johnson and Wales University
Ranking #65 (tie) Best Regional Universities (North) (2015)*
Location North Miami, Florida
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $27,456**
Culinary Degrees Offered Associate's and bachelor's
Culinary Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 188**
Most Popular Culinary Degree in 2012-2013 Associate's (183 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 46%**
Noteworthy Culinary students can pursue study abroad opportunities in Europe or Asia

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

Johnson and Wales University - North Miami Campus

  • Hands-on training in labs
  • Culinary internship opportunities offered
  • Bachelor's degree program in culinary arts offered online

Johnson and Wales University is a 4-year private university with campuses scattered across the country. Its Florida-based campus is about 20 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, in North Miami. It offers undergraduate degrees in hospitality, business, criminal justice and culinary arts. The university's College of Culinary Arts offers four undergraduate degree programs for aspiring chefs.

The Associate in Science in Culinary Arts program provides students with basic cooking skills. They learn how to prepare European and international cuisines, salads, soups, pastries and cakes. Coursework also includes topics in dining room procedures and nutrition. In the Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Arts program, students focus on creating baked goods that range from cakes, pies and tarts to entremets, croissants and Danishes. They also learn how to make chocolates and pulled sugar confections. Food service management courses in sanitation and cost control round out program requirements.

Coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management program covers marketing and human resource operations for the food service industry. Students also choose from among program concentrations in food or beverage service management. These include courses such as menu planning, nutrition and alcohol sales. Core coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts and Food Service Management program is similar to the culinary arts bachelor's degree program. However, students choose a contemporary pastry arts concentration that includes courses in dessert plating, artisan breads and wedding cake decoration.

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