August Not-So Rush

Late-summer in New York City is living up to it's notorious rep: the subway becomes a sauna, New Yorkers flee the city and the restaurant scene is dead. Okay, the good restaurants in New York will never be dead, but I walked into Momofuku Ssam Bar with a friend at 7:30 pm and was immediately seated. For a place with a typical half-to-two hour wait, that's dead.

L'Ecole, the FCI's school restaurant, seems to be faring no differently. The $28.00, 3-course prefixe lunch usually draws a steady stream of tourists, weary shoppers and local professionals. It's a bargain compared to its over-priced Soho neighbors, and the offerings are delicious. Eating at L'Ecole was actually what sealed the deal for me when I was considering the FCI. After a beautiful plate of scallops and meeting Jacques Pepin as he wandered around the dining room, I couldn't imagine going elsewhere. But now in a July heat wave, it seems many diners have done just that.

I mention this only because it's something that affects your experience at FCI. Students spend their last two months cooking in the school's restaurant, which is done to give them "real world experience." But with 4 cooks assigned to a station producing 2-4 dishes, the reality level is on par with a Food Network set. It's a great way for first-timers to ease into line cooking, and certainly better than peeling potatoes in another highly rated kitchen. For experienced cooks accustomed to manning their own station, it can be a little frustrating. But regardless of one's experience, late-summer is a rough time to be in that setup. There has been a decent amount of idling once prep is over and a slow service sets in. The chefs help by allowing students to create specials, but beyond that, there's little to occupy time when waiting for orders. Sticking obscene labels on classmates' coats is a popular past time. Another, more challenging prank involves cramming oneself into the condiment fridge and scaring the next person fetching mustard. And there's always fun to be found in stealing important elements of your classmates' mise. But if you have the luxury of a flexible schedule, it might be wise to choose a cycle where you end up working L'Ecole's lunch service during the holiday shopping season.

Browse Culinary Arts Schools & Colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • 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.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            2 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
            Show more [+]
            1 Program(s) Found

            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.

            2 Program(s) Found
            • Recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year from 2010-2014
            • Day and evening classes are available for flexible scheduling.
            • Offers bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs in business, culinary arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, and more.
            • Takes a unique “Focused Learning” approach, where students typically take only one class per month to concentrate on one subject with one faculty member at a time.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
            Show more [+]