Boston Culinary Arts Schools

Boston, the seat of U.S. history and one of the most engaging metropolitan areas in the country, offers a backdrop for your culinary arts education. Right here are the roots to contemporary American fare and the meeting place for international cuisines.

When you choose to study culinary arts in the Boston area you open doors to some of the best ingredients in the nation. This region has a long seafood history and the local restaurants and markets underscore that history. Learn how to choose the freshest local catch, cut it, clean it, prepare it and finally present it to your guests, whether you work in a small kitchen or are expected to cook for an army.

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The Woman's Educational Association of Boston founded The Boston Cooking School in 1879. In 1902 the famed school became part of Boston's Simmons College.

Becoming a chef in Boston means one foot in Colonial New England and one in contemporary culture. Master chefs are adept at pairing unique flavor combinations that often underscore their regional tastes with newer international flavors and ingredients. This type of innovation is nurtured when you attend a culinary arts program—you become a chef, not just a cook, but a leader and innovator.

Leading area chefs include Todd English and Jasper White.

Local Culinary Schools

Holyoke Community College

Provides a culinary arts certificate program accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Certificate holders may obtain their AS Degree in Food Service Management.

Holyoke Community College
164 Race St,
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 552-2321

Boston University

Intensive, semester-long certificate program developed in 1989 by Programs in Food & Wine Founding Director Rebecca Alssid along with legendary chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pépin,.

Boston University Programs in Food and Wine
808 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

Provides private events, recreational classes & professional training programs in the culinary arts. Chef Roberta Dowling founded the school with her husband Robert in 1974.

2020 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-2020

Bunker Hill Community College

Provides courses which teach students culinary & baking skills along with food sanitation, menu design & ingredient purchasing.

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 228-2000

Middlesex Community College

Offers five degree and certificate programs for people specializing in hospitality and culinary arts. Courses are offered on the Lowell & Bedford campuses as well as online.

Students interested in hospitality can take the following courses

  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Travel Services Management
  • Convention and Event Planning

Students interested in culinary arts can take the following courses

  • Culinary Theory
  • Culinary Skills
  • Bakery and Pastry Skills
  • Sanitation / Serv Safe Training
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Food and Beverage Revenue and Cost Control

Program participation requires an internship which gives the student real world experience.

Middlesex Community College
591 Springs Road,
Bedford, MA 01730

Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square,
Lowell, MA 01852

Kim Morrissey, Program Coordinator
(978) 656-3170

Other Local Culinary-related Training Programs

Simmons University

Provides two educational tracks

  •  Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food program: Food Service Management
  • Nutrition, Wellness, and Health Promotion

New England Center for Arts & Technology

NECAT helps unemployed adults build a pathway to a stable, long-term employment in the food service industry.

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