Cooking Schools

Cooking schools, culinary schools, the Art Institute of California, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and a two-hour class at Sur La Table are all methods of becoming educated in the field of cooking. Depending on whether you want to learn how to cook one meal to impress a date, or become the Executive Chef of a famous restaurant, the opportunity is there to learn.

A professional culinary program should, at a minimum, provide the student chef with a basic knowledge of foods, food styles, ant the methods used to prepare foods. An understanding of sanitation, nutrition, and business procedures such as food costing should also be part of the curriculum. Examples of classes would be Sanitation and Safety, Culinary Arts, Knife Skills, Stocks, Soups and Sauces, Fundamentals of Garde Manager, Professional Cooking Basics, and Culinary Café. These are only a minute portion of the classes available.

Rather than becoming the Executive Chef, you may want to work for yourself as a Caterer, a Personal Chef, or just cook for your spouse. These courses could be learned by attending classes in a culinary school, or taking a correspondence course either by mail or online. The course that I completed was as a Personal Chef through the Culinary Business Academy in New Mexico. I chose to do the course by correspondence, rather than travel to New Mexico.

The course covered all the aspects of owning a home-based Personal Chef business. The topics were:

Planning – this included writing a business plan.


Do you want your business to be a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation?

Licensing and regulations

Other administrative functions.


Operations of your business.

Marketing your business.


How to be a personal chef.

After completion of the course, a series of tests are given. After passing the tests, you would attain the status of Premier Member of the United States Personal Chef Association.

A Personal Chef would begin his day by buying the groceries that he will need to cook the planned menu for his clients. A typical menu would be 4 servings of 5 different entrées. The chef would then use the client’s kitchen to prepare the meals. The meals would either be refrigerated, or frozen. Then the kitchen would be cleaned and the dishes washed. You can get further information on the website of the United States Personal Chef Association.

Stores which provide culinary equipment and utensils, such as Sur La Table, give cooking classes on a short term basis, generally one night. Examples of some of these classes are Essential Knife Skills, Ice Cream Workshop, Grilling Basics: Seafood, Quick and Easy Asian Cooking, and French Classic Desserts.

So whatever level of cooking education that you want to attain, the means to reach that goal are available.

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About The Author, Bob Boeck
Bob Boeck is a Premier Member of the United States Personal Chef Association. He has passed the ServSafe Exam and is ServSafe Certified. Visit for more articles on cooking and some recipes.