Top Pastry Schools

Are you interested in becoming a pastry chef? Do you want to know where you can get top-notch instruction and receive a degree that will make an impression on your prospective employers? Or do you just want to perfect your art and learn techniques beyond what you’ve learned on your own? In this article I will focus on some of the best pastry schools in the country, the elite of the industry.

The Institute of Culinary Education (also known as ICE) – Located in New York City, the ICE is one of the largest and most well known culinary schools in the country. Here you will learn from world class chef-instructors and receive what many consider the best culinary education in the entire country. This school has what many consider the highest percentage of graduates who go on to get jobs in the food industry. If you want to know more, visit their site. They also give personal tours if you want a first-hand look at what the school has to offer. Tuition – $30,280 – $34.280

Johnson & Wales University was the first school in the United States to offer a bachelor of science degree in the Culinary Arts back in 1993. Johnson & Wales, located in Providence, Rhode Island is one of the preeminent culinary universities in the world. They are rated as one of the best culinary schools in America by Emeril Lagassse. They offer programs in Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, and Food Entrepreneurship. Tuition – $54,312(Associates degree)-$108,624(Bachelors Degree).

Modeled after the Cordon Bleu Schools in London and Paris, Texas Culinary Academy offers a state-of-the-art culinary learning experience. Since it’s located in Austin, there are various restaurant venues from which to draw inspiration. Students in the Culinary Arts and P√Ętisserie & Baking programs perfect their skills from basic cooking to pastry arts to purchasing and cost control. You will not only learn the ins and outs of cooking, but also the business side: i.e., how to create a successful restaurant business with minimum risk. This is one of the only schools based on the Cordon Bleu model available in Texas. Tuition – $37,050(Associates degree).

Over 300 businesses hire from the Culinary Institute at Hyde Park every year. This is the oldest culinary school in America and offers a prestige other culinary schools can’t offer. The school works alongside the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management to provide internship programs. Tuition – $52,920(Associates degree)-$105,840(Bachelors Degree).

The New England Culinary Institute provides what many consider the best culinary education in the New England area. There are two campuses in Vermont, one in Montpelier and another in Essex. Students have an opportunity to work at the campus’s restaurant, giving them on-hands experience in culinary preparation and restaurant management. Graduates from this school are in high demand in the culinary industry. Tuition – $52,500(Associates degree)-$82,350(Bachelors Degree).

This are just some of the top schools in the United States. If you are interested in a career in pastry arts than start with these schools as you research what schools are available.

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