Top Chef: Top Four Hospitality Schools

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by Alex A. Kecskes

If you're eager to start your career in the culinary side of the hospitality industry, here are some top schools you might look into to "hit the ground running."

Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America. From Pasadena, CA to Orlando, FL, these schools draw on a 100-year heritage of culinary excellence. You'll be immersed in the culinary and hospitality world--in both Le Cordon Bleu classic and modern culinary techniques. These schools teach strong foundational skills through demonstration followed by practical application. The techniques you learn can be applied to any cuisine, from traditional to trendsetting. They also maintain an expansive network of employer partners to help you land a job when you graduate.

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. These provide training in a wider range of cuisines and cultures. Culinary school graduates enter the profession with a firm grasp of fundamental cooking techniques and are exposed to a broad range of international cuisines.

The Italian Culinary Academy. Located at The International Culinary Center in New York City, this academy offers aspiring Italian cooks one of the most well-rounded and authentic Italian culinary training programs in the world. The curriculum is designed and supervised by acclaimed chef and Dean of The Italian Culinary Academy, Cesare Casella. Their signature program, the Italian Culinary Experience, lets you train and reside in both New York City and Italy—where you'll be exposed to the language, cuisine and culture of Italy's 20 regions. The 29-week program uses a hands-on Total ImmersionSM method to expose you to authentic Italian ingredients, techniques, and traditions in real-world settings.

The French Culinary Institute. Situated in the heart of the Big Apple, this culinary institute combines excellence and innovation. Here's you'll learn culinary and pastry arts, bread baking, and everything from food writing to wine and beverage studies. The award-winning career programs will give you the skills and confidence you need to work in the real world--in just as six to nine months.

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Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients.


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