School and Ranking Information
Aspiring professional chefs have about four schools to consider in the Las Vegas area for culinary training, including two for-profit schools and two large public colleges. Based off of the number of culinary arts and chef training credentials awarded, program accreditation and on-campus facilities, the following school is considered the top school in the Las Vegas area:
- Winner: The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a public institution that offers certificates and associate's degrees in both culinary arts and pastry arts. These programs prepare students for careers as professional chefs.
School Info Chart
|Category||College of Southern Nevada|
|Distinctions||Largest and most ethnically diverse institution in Nevada*|
|Location||Las Vegas, NV|
|School Type||4-year, public (primarily associate's)|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,700 (in-state), $9,345 (out-of-state)**|
|Culinary Arts/Chef Training Programs Offered||Certificates and associate's degrees|
|Culinary Arts/Chef Training Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013||51**|
|Most Popular Culinary Arts/Chef Training Degree Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (36 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||9%**|
|Noteworthy||All CSN's Hospitality Management Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)*; Culinary arts and pastry arts programs accredited by the American Culinary Federation*|
Sources: *College of Southern Nevada; **NCES College Navigator.
College of Southern Nevada
- Three main campuses in the Las Vegas area
- Highly experienced and distinguished culinary arts professors
- Students' creations can be sampled at the on-campus restaurant
Instituted in 1971 and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the College of Southern Nevada serves more than 43,000 students from 59 countries. CSN offers both online and traditional courses, along with a wealth of activities developed by the Department of Student Life and Leadership Development.
The Department of Hospitality Management at CSN offers certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts and pastry arts, which are accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Students enrolled in the culinary arts program learn to cook by sitting through traditional classroom lectures and then receiving practical training in a professional-grade kitchen. Those enrolled in the pastry arts program complete many of the same courses as culinary arts students; they also take courses that cover areas such as baking, cake decoration, measuring, scaling and texturing. On top of the academic requirements, students in both programs are required to complete 200 hours of work experience in the hospitality industry prior to graduation.