Training and Educational Resources In Food Service Industry

Training and Educational Resources In Food Service Industry

Getting ahead is about more than just who you know. It is also about keeping up with the latest knowledge, skills, and certifications in the industry. Continuing education is important in every field, but especially so in the ever-changing food services industry. Below is a list with descriptions of some of the top programs in America for keeping you on the cutting edge. All information has been taken from the school, college, or university Web sites unless otherwise noted. Le Cordon Bleu Cooking schools are mentioned throughout this chapter. They are Parisian-style cooking schools that provide varying degree programs. They now offer international-based cooking techniques rather than just French techniques. Le Cordon Bleu is widely accepted in the nation and overseas as a leading culinary arts school.
Also keep in mind that the trade associations mentioned in this chapter also offer continuing education courses, seminars, and certification training. You will find that information in our listing of industry trade associations. Another source of educational information is The International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, which publishes its Guide to College Programs in Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. The guide profiles hundreds of college programs across the country.
Here is a listing of some of the leading culinary and hospitality management programs in united states

Ashworth College - Ashworth’s online education plan offers a program
in hospitality management through its school of business.
The program includes lessons in all aspects of efficiently running
a hotel or restaurant, including time management. It primarily
focuses on day-to-day, practical job skills including managing the
front and back office, coordinating guest and banquet services,
banquet reservations and seating, housekeeping, marketing work
fl ow, staffing, tourist services, scheduling, customer service and
more. 430 Technology Parkway, Norcross, Georgia, 30092, (800)
957-5412, (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu).

California Culinary Academy - If you are located in San Francisco
and are interested in learning culinary arts, the academy teaches
students the Le Cordon Bleu program. Students earn associate’s
degrees in the culinary arts and baking, and certificates in the
culinary arts. 350 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, California,
94103, (888) 897-3222, (http://www.baychef.com)

Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago - A Le Cordon Bleu
school, the institute offers associate’s degrees in the culinary arts
and baking, and certificates in the culinary arts. It was founded in
1983 and invited to be a Cordon Bleu school in 2000. The CHIC
offers quality culinary, pastry arts, and hospitality, and general
education curriculum s of higher education for its students. 361
West Chestnut Chicago, Illinois, 60610, (888) 295-7222, (http://www.chic.edu)

Cornell University - Known worldwide as one of the best schools for
hospitality management, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration
offers degree programs at nearly every possible level, including
doctoral degrees. Cornell also conducts industry research
through its Center for Hospitality Research. 537 Statler Hall,
Ithaca, New York, 14853-6902, (607) 255-9780, (Center for Hospitality Research | Cornell Nolan)

The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park, New York, is the
main location of the CIA, where students can earn bachelor’s
and associate’s degrees in culinary arts. Graduates can pursue
careers as chefs, restaurant owners, managers, food writers, or
in culinary research and development. There are also branches
in California and Texas. The school offers a comprehensive program
that includes an externship and 1,300 hours of hands on
training. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, New York, 12538-1499,
(845) 452-9430, (http://www.ciachef.edu)

DeVry University - Students who are interested in managing hotels
or restaurants, rather than in culinary degrees, can obtain a bachelor
of science degree with a concentration in hospitality management
at one of DeVry’s ninety locations, or take courses online.
DeVry focuses on making education easy for working adults. One
Tower Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, 60181, (866) 338-7934,
(http://www.devry.edu)

Florida State University - FSU’s Dedman School of Hospitality has
been around for more than sixty years, providing the hospitality
industry with educated leaders. Students focus on one of the following
programs: lodging management, conventions and events
management, food and beverage management, and club management.
Its state-of-the-art facility provides hospitality students
with teaching kitchens, a satellite technology center, a publication
resource center, and a placement center. The building also contains
an affiliated 35,000 square-foot, professionally managed city
club that provides hospitality students with real-world food and
beverage experience. UCB 4100, Florida State University, Tallahassee,
Florida, 32306, (850) 644-4787, (http://cob.fsu.edu/dsh)

The Institute of Culinary Education - This New York City-based
school has six-to eleven-month career training programs in culinary
arts, pastry and baking arts, and culinary management. For
several years the school has been a finalist or award winner of
the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Awards
of Excellence for Culinary Schools. 50 W. 23rd Street, New York,
New York, 10010, (888) 354-2433, (http://www.iceculinary.com)

**The International Culinary Center - ** Students in New York City
can learn culinary arts or restaurant management skills in as
little as nine months (non-degree programs) at the French Culinary
Institute or the Italian Culinary Academy. The school’s
in-house restaurant offers students real-world kitchen and restaurant
experience. 462 Broadway, New York, New York, (888)
324-2433, (http://www.internationalculinarycenter.com

The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes - The
Art Institute offers 40 locations nationwide. Degree and non degree
programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, hospitality
management, and food and beverage management are available.
Those looking to specialize in baking and pastry can receive an
associate’s degree or certificate. Students are introduced to a variety
of international recipes and culinary techniques. Culinary
learning takes place outside of the classroom through real-world
internships, student-run restaurants, enlightening guest lectures,
and opportunities to study abroad. (888) 624-0300, (http://www.artinstitutes.edu)

Johnson and Wales University - Johnson and Wales University’s
two food service industry-related colleges, its Culinary Arts College
and Hospitality College, work together to offer students
certificate programs and undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Whether you want to sharpen your culinary, business, marketing,
or management skills, Johnson and Wales has developed
course work and programs to meet the myriad needs of a very
diverse industry. Johnson and Wales offers a unique approach
to education in this field, combining hands-on culinary training
with a foundation in the liberal arts, business classes, social
responsibility and relevant work experience. This pioneering
model of education prepares students for success in today’s global
economy.8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903,
(800) 342-5592, (http://www.jwu.edu)

Kendall College - Certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees in
baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, culinary management, hospitality
management, hotel management, professional catering,
professional cookery, and restaurant management are offered at
this Chicago-based college. Its low student to teacher ratio and
hands-on learning experiences provide students with a balance
of practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to excel. 900
North Branch Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60642, (888) 90.KENDALL,
(http://www.kendall.edu)
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The Kitchen Academy - There are two Kitchen Academy Locations.
Culinary students in Seattle or Sacramento will receive a fresh
approach to professional cooking. Designed by chefs, this new
culinary arts school curriculum offers an immersive concept in
culinary training delivering hands-on cooking experience. It is
geared to help prepare students for a real-world culinary career.
Students earn a professional culinary arts diploma. (888) 807-
7222, (http://www.kitchenacademy.com)

Le Cordon Bleu - Internationally known and recognized for its culinary
arts programs, the school offers 14 locations around the
country. It also offers programs in baking and hospitality and
restaurant management. (http://culinary-school.org)

New England Culinary Institute - With campuses in Montpelier
and Essex Junction, Vermont, the institute offers undergraduate
degrees in culinary arts and hospitality and restaurant management,
as well as associate’s and certificate programs. Eighty-four
faculty members teach students in thirteen production kitchens.
The program offers students intense personal attention from
world class chef instructors and other industry professionals. The
school’s restaurants are the classrooms and students are expected
to perform under real life working conditions from the very first
day of class. 56 College Street, Montpelier, Vermont, 05602, (877)
223-NECI, (http://www.neci.edu)

Penn Foster Career School - Penn Foster Career School is designed
for adults who want the ability to earn a degree at their own pace
and convenience. Course work is shipped to students’ homes, and
completed independently. Students can earn an associate’s degree
in hospitality management through the school and also take advantage
of its career services program. 925 Oak Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania,
18515, (800) 275-4410, (http://www.pennfoster.edu)

Scottsdale Culinary Institute - In Scottsdale, Arizona, Scottsdale
Culinary Institute offers Le Cordon Bleu programs in culinary
arts, hospitality and restaurant management, baking, and culinary
management. Students receive diversifi ed culinary training.8100 East Camelback Road, Suite 1001, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251, (847) 585-2731, (http://www.chefs.edu/scottsdale)

Stratford University - Stratford offers a broad course offering for
industry professionals. Earn a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management,
or associate’s degrees in culinary arts, baking and pastry
arts, and hotel and restaurant management at this university in
Falls Church, Virginia. The school also offers a professional diploma
in advanced culinary arts. 7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia,
22043, (800) 444-0804, (http://www.stratford.edu)

Sullivan University - With four campuses in Kentucky, Sullivan
offers day, evening, weekend, and online courses for students
to earn a degree. Degree programs offered at Sullivan include
a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management and an
associate’s of science degree in hotel and restaurant management.
Sullivan’s advantages are small class sizes and career-focused
class work. 3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205,
(800) 844-1354, (http://www.sullivan.edu)

Texas Culinary Academy - The Texas Culinary Academy offers its
students Le Cordon Bleu certifi cates and associate’s degree programs
in culinary arts and baking. The school is located in Austin,
Texas, and offers a unique combination of classical French
cooking techniques with innovative American technology at current
industry standards. 11400 Burnet Road, Suite 2100, Austin,
Texas, 78758, (http://www.tca.edu)

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