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Earn a Certificate or Degree from The California Culinary Academy

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco is no longer accepting new students. Please view our San Francisco page to see other nearby culinary schools.

San Francisco is known as a cultural center and as a hotspot for setting trends. Young and aspiring chefs can find opportunities in the city for both starting a culinary career and for getting the training needed to get started. The California Culinary Academy is one of a number of Le Cordon Bleu programs that offers degrees teaching the foundations of culinary and baking skills. Here’s an overview of the program:

What’s Offered

The program at the California Culinary Academy focuses on a combination of industry-relevant courses – covering business and kitchen basics – and training in hands-on techniques. The program began in 1977 and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Degrees offered include Culinary Arts and Patisserie and Baking (both accredited by the American Culinary Foundation ), and Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Courses are taught by instructors who have spent time working as professional chefs and restaurant managers, and facilities include up-to-date training kitchens.

If you attend courses full time, it will take 60 to 84 weeks to complete an associate’s in Culinary Arts. The certificate programs in Culinary Arts and Patisserie and Baking will take much less time – about 36 weeks. The management track will take the longest – about 60 weeks. No matter the option you choose, you’ll be able to finish your degree in less than two years. faster than a typical associate’s and about half the time of a traditional degree. If you choose to attend part-time, your studies will be extended according to the pace at which you take classes.

Training and Placement

Students are prepared early in their training for entry into the job market. The academy sponsors a student-run restaurant that is open to public. At Careme 350, students prepare and serve the meals. The menu features French cuisine with contemporary twists. There is also a full bar. Externships in the community are also required in the programs for culinary arts and baking. To help find placement, career services are available. Counselors will also offer advice on job searches, networking and interviewing skills. Graduates are automatically inducted into the alumni association, which offers ongoing support in the form of networking opportunities and postings about jobs and events.

Program Logistics

After you’ve sent in your application and paid your $65 application fee, you’ll be required to have an interview with an admissions representative, either in person or by phone. If you have the interview in person, you are encouraged to bring parents and significant others. Students will also have to show proof of a high-school diploma or its equivalent and will have to pass academic entrance testing. International students may also have to take testing to show English proficiency and will have to show an affidavit of financial support.

The different programs will have different tuition. A Culinary Arts associate’s will cost $43,500, in addition to $3,386 in books and supplies. The certificate programs for Culinary Arts and Patisserie and Baking only costs $19,800. The associate’s in management will cost $32,000, with books and supplies at $5,381. Apply early for financial aid to be considered for federal grants and loans. Apply with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check culinary groups and local organizations for scholarships that you don’t have to pay back.

School Information:

California Culinary Academy
350 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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7 Responses to Earn a Certificate or Degree from The California Culinary Academy

how can i be admitted into your institute because i am resident in nigeria

How are you doing today?I want to make some inquiries about Culinary training .Do let me know if your facility can accommodate 6 people in the Month of November 2014, We are coming from Republic of South Africa and i also let me know Your convenient time/per day to start the classes, Your cost of services per person for 14 days of culinary classes.

I awaits your reply so i can work on the whole information and get back to you with any more information needed to enable us secure the space for the classes.

Bryan Maxwell
286 Church Street,
Pretoria 0183
south Africa

hi. so i was wondering if that if u dont have that kin d of money what can u do and how can we get in to this collage if u don`t have that money.



I purchased the series of videos from 1992 shown in Australia titled Cooking at the Academy. I no longer have a Video player and would still like to have the recipes from this series and to see the techniques. Could you help me to locate these on the Internet pls?
I have the complete series of 13 half hour shows (purchased in 1992, poss 93)and enjoyed them immensely
Hoping you can assist
Cheers, Sue

Hello Sue
I think it is probably going to be easier to find an old VCR on a site like eBay or Amazon.com or Craigslist than it would be to try to find DVDs of the program if the show is that old.

Another alternative worth mentioning is they have the paperback versions of the accompanying book available for sale on sites like Amazon.com. Currently either version is under $10 with shipping included if you want a used book the new book is around $15 or so.

Here is one listing amazon.com/Cooking-Academy-California-Culinary/dp/B0000VZEI2
here is another amazon.com/Cooking-at-Academy-California-Culinary/dp/0912333103
There are also books on Italian French cooking, as well as American classics.

Companies like Walgreens also offer VHS to DVD conversion services starting at around $35. Another way to search for this is the phrase DVD transfer. And if you are a DIY type, there are products like Easy VHS to DVD sold by the likes of Amazon Best Buy which capture video allow you to store media in different formats. Some of these products retail for around $70, but often go on sale in the $20 to $30 range.

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