Schools for Aspiring Hibachi Chefs: How to Choose

Aspiring hibachi chefs usually learn their skills on the job, but they can prepare for employment by completing a certificate or degree program in culinary arts.

A hibachi is a type of grill often used in Japanese restaurants. Aspiring hibachi chefs can find culinary arts programs at community colleges, culinary schools and universities. A school that offers extensive work experience and job placement assistance may be helpful for students looking for positions in a specialized field like hibachi.

10 Schools with Culinary Arts Programs

Culinary arts programs are offered by these private institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition* (2015-2016)
Texas Culinary Academy (Le Cordon Bleu) Austin, TX 2-year, Private Certificate, Associate's $13,808
Institute of Culinary Education New York, NY <2-year, Private Certificate $37,160
International Culinary Center New York, NY <2-year, Private Certificate $47,900
California Culinary Academy Campbell, CA 4-year, Private Certificate $37,740
Kendall College Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $19,459
Culinary Institute at Hyde Park (Culinary Institute of America) Hyde Park 4-year, Private Associate's $29,250
Scottsdale Culinary Institute Scottsdale, AZ 4-year, Private Certificate, Associate's $11,377
Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Schools Tucker, GA 2-year, Private Certificate, Associate's $14,036
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Austin, TX <2-year, Private Certificate $25,440
Johnson & Wales University Charlotte, NC 4-year, Private Associate's $29,576

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Students searching for culinary arts programs may want to consider these factors.

  • Prospective students with an interest in hibachi cooking may want to review the curricula at various schools to see if they include coursework in Asian or world cuisines.
  • Since chefs spend most of their time in the kitchen preparing food, an important consideration in selecting a school is the amount and type of practical experience provided.
  • Many associate's degree and certificate programs, designed for students who want to pursue entry-level positions, offer flexible schedules to accommodate students who are currently employed.
  • Some schools offer programs with a low student-to-teacher ratio and faculty who are experienced chefs, which may be important because hibachi chefs need specialized skills.

Certificate in Culinary Arts

A Food Service Certificate or a Certificate in Professional Cooking can usually be completed in a few months and prepares students for entry-level employment. Credits from a culinary arts certificate program can sometimes be transferred toward the completion of an undergraduate degree. Curricula usually include training in basic food preparation and customer service skills. Students are often required to participate in an internship and cooperative work experience.

Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts

Associate's degree programs for aspiring hibachi chefs include an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and an Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts. These programs can take up to two years to complete and often lead into 4-year programs. Students in associate's degree programs in culinary arts learn practical cooking techniques, culinary theory and business skills. Students participate in practicums or externships.

Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts

Bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts, such as a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management or a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts, are usually 4-year programs. Most baccalaureate programs offer an internship or practicum that provides hands-on experience in the field; prospective hibachi chefs could seek intern placement in a Japanese restaurant. Students may be required to complete a capstone project or senior thesis. These programs provide students with advanced culinary and management training.

Culinary programs are offered by many private institutions and can lead to a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree. Aspiring hibachi chefs should review the program curriculum carefully to ensure they select a culinary program that includes training relevant for hibachi chefs.

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