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Cooking School Degree Options

Because there are several degree options for cooking school students, it is important that potential learners know what choices are available to them. Picking the right degree plan can make or break a career.

Cooking School Diploma and Certificate Programs

One of the most common options for culinary school students is a short term graduate or certificate program. This type of education option is most often found at trade schools and typically takes only 8-10 weeks. Students that dont have a lot of time to invest in their education and need a quick leg up into the culinary industry will find this to be a good fit.

Cooking School Associate's Degree

Students interested in this degree type will need to attend school for at least 2 years and will need a high school diploma for enrollment. A culinary associates degree will provide a well rounded training, a college degree and relatively low time investment for students. Most community colleges offer culinary associates degrees.

Cooking School Bachelor's Degrees

A high school degree or GED is required for admission to these degree programs and are offered at many higher level institutions across the country. This type of degree will provide students with culinary, business, and management training further opening up the opportunities available to graduates.

Cooking School Master's Degrees

This is the platinum level in culinary training. A master's culinary degree program usually lasts 2 years and requires at least a bachelor's degree for admission. Future restaurant owners, nutritionists, dieticians and professors usually pursue this degree option.

Below are few examples of well known chefs and degrees that they hold. Start pursuing your cooking school degree today!

Julia Child, Author and Host of the Public Broadcasting Station's The French Chef. She received her Grand Diplme du Cordon Bleu (Diploma) from Le Cordon Bleu.

Anthony Bourdain, Host of the Travel Channel's No Reservations and Executive Chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He received his Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.

Emeril Lagasse, Author and Host of the Food Network's Emeril Live. He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

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