Why choose California culinary colleges? From the most sophisticated city of San Francisco to the rural small towns surrounded by wineries or golden villages by the sea, California has everything to offer you in a culinary education.
California has some of the most reasonable costs for education for residents and especially at junior colleges where culinary degrees are available.
Most junior colleges will offer an option to transfer to a 4-year school but you need to check with the adviser to make sure they do and you take courses that prepare you for transfer.
Requirements vary depending on the school but usually there is an expected grade point average to be maintained to earn your degree or for entry.
Having lived in San Francisco, I can tell you it is a very exciting place to live and definitely one of the best locations for culinary. A very diverse cuisine representing cultures from all over the world.
The wine culture influences the food as well as fresh vegetables available at market stands everywhere all year round. In San Francisco the hospitality industry is robust.
Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management:
Three degree programs:
Two-year programs on semester system to earn Associate in Science Degree and Award of Achievement. All programs include a management related course. Aligned to obtain certification from American Culinary Federation.
Students must complete an unpaid internship for credit. Eight-hour day, five days a week - begins early and ends around 2PM - however, they do not recommend part-time work because of the difficulty of maintaining a work/school schedule.
Restaurants, cafe and cafeteria are run by students which gives great training in food preparation and service industries.
Very reasonable cost for California residents but rigorous program - other requirements: carry 40 lbs and have a 2.0 grade point average minimum from college or high school.
Excellent for culinary - culinary and hospitality studies include cooking, service, lodging, institutions, chains, management, Credit and non credit programs.
Non-professional classes available also--see Food and Fitness course for home cooks is a unique course for nutrition education.
There is a non-credit program available in culinary and service skills.
Degree programs will facilitate transfer to 4-year college if desired by the student.
50 Phelan Avenue, SW 156
| San Francisco, California 94112
City College of San Francisco
Sonora - rural community college in Sierra foothills - low faculty to student ratio - 2-year program.
The Annual Columbia Wine Tasting benefits the culinary arts program.
Associate in Science Degree in Hospitality Management: emphasis on Culinary Arts, Hotel Management or Restaurant Management.
Preparation for: Chef, Line Cook, Hotel Management, Pantry & Dessert Chef, Restaurant Management.
Advisory committee advises on the curriculum to keep cutting edge - consists of local owners of ski resorts, hotels and restaurants. And wine making is a passion - there is a kitchen lab and pastry shop.
11600 Columbia College Dr Ste 1 | Sonora, CA 95370
Eight-hour days/4 days a week - 2 year program to earn a certificate.
Transfer option to 4-year colleges offering hospitality and culinary arts degrees such as Univ of nevada in las vegas and Johnson and Wales Univ. - Transfer students must consult with advisors on curriculum to assure transfer.
321 Golf Club Rd. | Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Diablo Valley College
Costa Mesa - Another Southern California coastal town south of Los Angeles.
No on-campus housing but apartment listings.
2701 Fairview Rd. | Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 432-5835 25
Orange Coast College
A beautiful campus by the ocean in beautiful Santa Barbara and a college town. Blue skies most of the year in this Mediterranean climate.
Real life training in their cafeteria, coffee shop and dining room facilitates training.
Two areas of focus:
Off-campus work experience is required as part of the program.
Excellent variety of optional courses such as wine courses, Ice Carving, Modern Food, Advanced Artisan Baking , Farmers and Chefs course, Meat Analysis, Nutrition, Foods of Italy, Chinese cooking, Event Planning, Bar Management, and more.
721 Cliff Dr. | Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Santa Barbara City College
Lancaster - North of Los Angeles about an hour and a half away - This is not a community college but a 4-year private university (culinary programs are shorter). Programs offered are:
Certificate programs do not require you have a GED or high school diploma. There is, however, an Ability-to-Benefit Test.
Morning and evening classes are available. Semester system.
On-campus dormitories may be available.
Variety of cuisines is taught and classes for beginning your career. Based on the Le Cordon Bleu techniques.
44055 N Sierra Highway | Lancaster, CA 93534University of Antelope Valley
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