How to Get into Culinary School

How to Get into Culinary School

Dave Beaulieu January 4th, 2014

Looking for a cooking career?  Here is a ten-step, can't-fail method for getting into any of America's top cooking schools.  Virtually anyone with passion, dedication, perseverance, a splash of talent, and a willingness to work hard can achieve unlimited career success by following these steps.  

Step 1 - Practice!

Practice cooking at home. If your dream is attending culinary school, you're probably already doing this. No purchase is necessary. Just look up recipes online and add your own little personal touches. Use affordable ingredients.  Keep track of details like how much it costs you (per serving) to make your favorite recipes. Host small gatherings so others can taste your creations. Welcome all constructive criticism.  

Step 2 - Research!

Look up accredited schools online.  Stick with the best. Only approach schools that offer the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Diploma.  This represents the highest standard of culinary excellence in the food service industry.  Expect 15-18 months of intensive study in a high tech atmosphere, supervised by top executive chefs.  

Step 3 - Get some experience!

Get a job in the food service industry.  It doesn't have to be a high level position.  Bussing, hosting and dish washing will do just fine for now.  Preference leans toward applicants already receiving real-world experience. When you decide to apply to culinary schools, ask your employer for a letter of recommendation.  

Step 4 - Save! 

Save enough money to get in to a top cooking school.  Tuition varies. Contact your local le Cordon Bleu school for details.  

Step 5 - See for yourself!

Tour the facilities of the schools you are applying to. If possible, ask enrolled students about the admissions process.

Step 6 - Apply!

Apply for admission and financial aid. The admissions process is similar to traditional colleges. So, if you are under 18, maintain at least a B average in high school.  Top cooking schools generally ask for high school transcripts and SAT scores.

Step 7 - Sell yourself!

Applicants are often required to submit an essay describing why they seek a career in the food service industry.  Start working on your essay today.  

Step 8 - Look the part!

Be well groomed, well mannered, personable and polite at all times.

Step 9 - Sound the part!

Prepare for your admission interviews as well as possible.  Arrive on time for all scheduled meetings throughout the admissions process.

Step 10 - Think about relocating!

Reside in certain areas.  Le Cordon Bleu Diploma programs are available in all of the following major cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Seattle and Saint Louis.  Many classes are also available online.

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