Cooking Classes in Boston, Massachusetts with Program Info

The Boston area has five schools that offer cooking programs, including three located about five miles from the downtown. Learn about the classes, admission info and program requirements for these three schools to make an informed education decision.

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The Boston area has five schools that offer cooking programs, including three located about five miles from the downtown. Learn about the classes, admission info and program requirements for these three schools to make an informed education decision.

Boston, MA, Schools with Cooking Classes

Several schools in the Boston area offer cooking classes through their culinary arts certificate and degree programs. Three of these schools and their program options are summarized below; key school statistics and tuition can be found in the comparison table. A paragraph about two other Boston schools with programs for aspiring chefs follows the table.

  • Boston University, located almost 3.5 miles from the downtown, offers a short-term certificate program in the culinary arts.
  • A midsize public school located a little over 1.5 miles from the downtown, Bunker Hill Community College, offers certificates in cooking and pastry making, as well as an associate's degree program in the culinary arts.
  • Newbury College - Brookline, which is about five miles from the downtown, offers the greatest variety of program options of the three featured schools, including culinary certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs.

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  • Baking and Pastry Arts
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Comparison of Schools

Learn how much a formal education in cooking can cost. Find out which of the schools highlighted above offers the most financial aid, along with which two are the least or most selective.

Boston University Bunker Hill Community College Newbury College - Brookline
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 32,112* 14,253* 874*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $48,436* $3,576 for in-state students; $8,520 for out-of-state students* $31,408*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 59%* 71%* 97%*
Acceptance Rate 35% (2014)* N/A - Open admissions* 70% (2014)*
Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014) 93% for full-time students* 67% for full-time students; 52% for part-time students* 59% for full-time students *
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 85% (students who started Fall 2008)* 11%; 18% transfer-out rate (students who started Fall 2011)* 35%; 10% transfer-out rate (students who started Fall 2008)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator

Boston University

Students in the culinary arts program at Boston University receive training in a laboratory kitchen set up with state-of-the-art equipment and individual cooking stations. They also participate in classroom instruction and view live cooking demonstrations.

Culinary Arts Certificate

Classes in this 4-month program teach students various methods for cooking food, such as roasting, simmering, braising, grilling and frying. The curriculum also covers a variety of cuisines ranging from Mexican to Japanese. Other topics of discussion include menu planning, the use of kitchen equipment, sanitation and restaurant management.

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College features an on-campus restaurant where students in the culinary arts programs get hands-on experience preparing food. Students in the certificate programs can transfer the credits they've earned to the culinary arts associate's degree program.

Culinary Arts Certificate

This certificate program qualifies students for entry-level positions as line or prep cooks. Program coursework covers menu planning, purchasing and food sanitation, as well as cooking and baking techniques. Students must complete 22 credits of coursework to receive this certificate. Classes are offered on the weekends over the course of two semesters.

Pastry Arts Certificate

Curriculum for this 29-credit program is similar to coursework required for the culinary arts certificate. Students take the same food sanitation, baking and culinary arts introductory courses, in addition to cake decorating and international pastry classes. Advanced cooking classes in desserts and bistro cuisine are also included.

Associate in Science in Culinary Arts

Students in this 63-credit program prepare for supervisory or managerial positions in restaurants and other food service facilities. Many of the cooking classes offered in the certificate programs are included in the degree curriculum. Coursework also covers food and beverage operations, nutrition science and dining service essentials. Students are required to complete a summer internship as well.

Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

In this 65-credit program, students concentrate on the culinary arts, primarily in baking and pastry. Students are required to take 7 general education courses in addition to concentration courses including the science of baking, café cuisine and showpiece cakes. An internship is also required as part of the curriculum.

Newbury College - Brookline

The cooking programs at Newbury College - Brookline are offered through the Roger A. Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Students in these programs can receive experience working in the Lois and David Weltman Dining Room on campus.

Professional Cooking Certificate

This 18-credit certificate program teaches students how to make stocks, soups, sauces and buffet foods. In addition to four core courses, they choose two courses from a slate of electives in such topics as contemporary, Italian trattoria and classic French cuisine.

Pastry Arts Certificate

Students must complete 18 credits to receive this certificate. They learn how to decorate cakes and bake breads, rolls and desserts. Students also receive instruction in basic knife skills, the use of weights and measures and advanced pastry decorating techniques.

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students must complete at least 65 credits to earn the associate's degree. In addition to the same topics covered in the professional cooking certificate program, they study methods for baking desserts, rolls and breads. A handful of general education courses in the humanities, math and social sciences are also included in the curriculum. Students have the option of completing internships or hospitality electives to fulfill program requirements.

Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

This program might be of interest to students who'd like to take advanced classes in artisan breads, classical pastries, candies and tiered cakes. They can also learn the basic cooking skills and techniques for successfully operating a retail bakery.

Associate in Applied Science in Food Service and Restaurant Management

This 61 credit course covers topics like wines and spirits, breads and rolls, nutrition, café cuisine and desserts. Food and beverage cost control, accounting and hospitality management courses are also included in the curriculum. This program is designed to be completed in two years.

Other School Options

Massasoit Community College in Brockton offers food production and pastry certificate programs, in addition to an associate's degree in the culinary arts. Another option is Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. This school features several associate's and bachelor's degree programs in the culinary arts.

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