Pleasanton is an affluent city in Alameda County, California, incorporated in 1894. It is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Oakland, and 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Livermore. The population was 70,285 at the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Pleasanton was ranked the wealthiest middle-sized city in the United States by the Census Bureau.[8][9] Pleasanton is home to the headquarters of Safeway, Inc. and Blackhawk Network. Although Oakland is the Alameda County seat, a few county offices and a courthouse are located in Pleasanton. Additionally, the main county jail is in the neighboring city of Dublin. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton where the county fair is held during the last week of June and the first week of July. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is located on the west side of town.

Pleasanton, like all the towns in the San Francisco bay area is a great place to pursue a culinary career. There’s a bevy of great restaurants, many with Michelin stars, to seek real world cooking experience as well as many options for pursuing culinary training…from certificates & single classes, to full degree programs. In fact the Culinary Institute of America has their west coast campus in the St Helena, the heart of Napa Valley.

Below you’ll find the Culinary Schools we’ve found, that are an easy commute from Pleasanton.


City College of San Francisco

San Francisco CA

Contra Costa College

San Pablo CA

Culinary Institute of America

St Helena CA

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill CA

Laney College

Oakland CA

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-San Francisco

San Francisco CA

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton CA

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa CA

The Art Institute of California-Argosy University San Francisco

San Francisco CA
San Jose


San Jose CA

International Culinary Center-California

Campbell CA

The Art Institute of California-Argosy University-Silicon Valley

Sunnyvale CA

San Francisco and Oakland