How do I Choose the Best International Cooking School?

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  • Written By: Michelle Arevalo
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  • Last Modified Date: 12 August 2019
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Selecting an international cooking school best suited to your needs is the important first step in a successful career in the food industry. It is important to choose a school that offers the education you'll need in order to have the career you desire. To make this decision, identify your career goals. You should also consider related factors such as degree options, career placement, tuition costs and admission requirements.

An international cooking school offers training in professional cooking techniques, food-related business principles and preparing international and regional cuisine. Many of these schools also offer instruction in areas such as baking and pastry, wine, catering management and nutrition. As the name implies, many international cooking schools also offer or require internship, externship and study abroad programs that provide the opportunity to study the cuisine of another country while living and working there.

The right international culinary program for you may not be located far from home, so do not assume you have to make a long trip to get your education. For example, there are professional cooking schools in the U.S. that offer comprehensive classes in French pastry or Asian cooking as well as apprenticeships in France and China. In other words, you could attend an internationally-focused school located in your own country and travel abroad for a short time of firsthand foreign study.


Another issue to consider is the type of degree you want. Some culinary colleges offer associate and bachelor degrees. Typically, these programs last two to four years and allow for advanced study. Students who complete shorter, specialized programs at professional cooking schools often earn diplomas or certificates, generally within a year or two. Some schools teach continuing education classes that build on existing skills, are brief and earn no certification.

On the job training and career placement are other areas to investigate when choosing an international cooking school. A school with a career office will usually help students find work after graduation and allow on-campus recruiting. Some cooking programs require students to work in an on-campus restaurant or professional kitchen prior to graduation, which may enable you to gain experience and make valuable industry contacts.

It is important to check the cost of the international cooking school you select. Tuition costs for associate and bachelor degrees will generally be higher than that of diploma, certificate and continuing education programs. Find out if a school you like has a financial aid office that can help you apply for tuition assistance.

You should also understand and meet all admission requirements. Many culinary schools require a high school diploma or comparable certificate. Others may ask for written recommendations or past work experience in food service. Some cooking schools may administer assessment tests to determine your placement within the curriculum. In order to attend the school you select, you must meet the necessary requirements.



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I agree. I'd think that the schooling wouldn't have to be completed in another country, even if you want to specialize in that country's cuisine. I'd get the basics down and then do a year or so abroad to then fine tune that style of cooking.

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