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Culinary Schools in San Francisco

Interested in studying culinary arts or baking and pastry arts in San Francisco? Famous for its sourdough bread, San Francisco is an innovative culinary city where residents often opt for Dungeness crab over turkey for Thanksgiving. What’s more, of the thousands of restaurants within the city-wide area, 47 claim coveted Michelin stars. With fresh seafood and produce, nearby Napa Valley wineries, and a large culinary scene, it's no wonder San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area are top choices for students interested in culinary arts. Outside of the city, culinary schools in the Bay Area abound.

Find Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Schools – San Francisco and the Bay Area

Bay Area diners eat out on average 2.8 times per week, the Zagat Survey finds, and as a result, restaurant businesses have a healthy presence in the Bay Area. Regarding chef positions, San Francisco, the Bay Area, and nearby Napa Valley have been singled out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as areas with high employment levels, higher wages, or both.

Culinary veterans attest that gaining experience in the restaurant world is key to a career, but a degree can be of help. For students aiming to attend baking and pastry or culinary school, San Francisco is definitely a city to consider – nearby are also culinary schools in San Jose. Rev up your culinary career by researching the San Francisco culinary schools below.

Additional Resources for Culinary Arts Students on Chef2chef.net
Baking and Pastry Arts Schools in California
Hotel Management Schools in California
Pastry Chef Schools in California

Additional San Francisco Culinary Resources
Michelin-reviewed San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants
The 2012 Zagat Survey on Bay Area eating trends

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
  • Teaches students by having them spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • Has 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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Other San Francisco, California Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
City College of San Francisco Culinary & Service Skills Training
San Francisco State University Hospitality and Tourism Management