Top School for Becoming a Chef - San Bernardino, CA

Aug 15, 2020

School and Ranking Info

Schools near San Bernardino, CA, with programs for aspiring chefs include two community colleges and one 4-year, private not-for-profit institution. Based upon the breadth of the program, the quality of the faculty and opportunities for professional experience, the college highlighted below has been selected as the top school in the area for the culinary arts:

  • Winner: Riverside City College (RCC) is located in Riverside, CA, a little over 12 miles from San Bernardino. This is a public institution that offers a state-approved certificate and 2-year degree in the culinary arts. RCC has an open admissions policy, which means individuals with high school diplomas or the equivalent are eligible to apply.

School Info Chart

Category Riverside City College
Location Riverside, CA
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) Undergrad: $1,420 in-state; $9,370 out-of-state*
Culinary Awards Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Culinary Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019 70*
Most Popular Culinary Program in 2018-2019 <1-year Certificate (57 awarded)*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2016 entering class 28%*
Noteworthy Culinary Academy faculty includes award winners and those certified by the American Culinary Federation

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Riverside City College

  • On-campus facilities include a student-run kitchen and public restaurant
  • Program includes a field experience in a food service setting and a class in professional development
  • Culinary Academy hosts annual California Autumn Nights Fundraiser'

Riverside City College is one of four public schools that make up the Riverside Community College District (RCCD), one of the oldest and largest community college districts in California. It has a diverse student body of approximately 21,200 enrollees and offers in excess of 100 programs, including certificate and Associate of Science programs in culinary arts for prospective chefs.

Culinary arts students learn the skills necessary to prepare and present food in a sanitary and professional way. Course topics include baking, cake decorating and international cuisine. In advanced culinary arts courses, students spend time in both lecture and laboratory settings, learning to handle food and equipment. Through the student-run kitchen and restaurant, they also gain practical experience creating menus, preparing food, working with waiters and fulfilling front-of-the-house management duties. Enrollment requirements include the purchase of a knife set, chef hat, uniform and pair of slip-resistant shoes, as well as a class in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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