Culinary Arts Schools in the Houston Area

Houston, Texas is home to an impressive array of restaurants. Flavors go well beyond the traditional southwestern steakhouse that is often considered the cornerstone to the Texas culinary world. The culinary schools alone are symbolic of the sophistication of the Houston palate.

Houston is a key industrial port with a business heritage nearly unrivalled even among the top metro areas in the U.S. The city is most known for its oil heritage, top-notch medical centers and the Johnson Space Center, a key component in the NASA Space program. Thanks to these industries the economy continues onward and upward and the population builds with increasing diversity. Where there is world-class business and commerce comes a demand for good food and talented well-trained chefs.

Houston Skyline.

With the Houston skyline as a backdrop you can study to become a chef or restaurant manager, even master cook, at an excellent culinary program. Externships, a key part of most cooking programs, put you into restaurants where you learn from some of the best chefs in the Houston food and wine scene.

Whether you’re fresh out of high school or a career changer pursuing your true career passions you’ll find full-time and part-time programs that give you the skills and savvy you need to carve out a niche in the Houston food industry. Check out the Houston culinary schools.

Local Community Schools

Culinary Institute Lenotre

The Elite Diplôme de Cuisine program is carefully designed for beginners with little or no skills. In 50 weeks, you will be introduced to classic and innovative French, Italian, Regional American, Asian (including sushi), and spa cuisines.

You will learn techniques of garde manger, rotisserie, sauces, stocks, charcuterie, plating, buffet, cooking in low and high temperatures, smoking and curing, and will also learn how to accomplish advanced techniques and skills in innovative ways of cooking such as “sous vide”.

You will gain valuable experience through a 10 week Practicum at either Culinary Institute LENOTRE’s™ Restaurant (Le Bistro) or an external establishment. There are opportunities to do externships in France, if qualified.

Culinary Institute Lenotre
7070 Allensby St.
Houston, TX 77022

Art Institute of Houston

The International Culinary Schools are some of the most well-known in the country with a couple dozen locations in major metro areas. The schools offer challenging and aggressive culinary arts and pastry and baking programs. An innovative regional competition—Best Teen Chef-- and courses taught by master chefs help fuel this very popular cooking school and provide vital financial aid to area students passionate about cooking. Degree programs include Associates and Bachelors degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Culinary Management, and Restaurant and Catering Management. Fast-track a general Culinary Arts degree with an abbreviated diploma program, as well.

Art Institute of Houston
4140 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Houston Community College

Specialized classroom and practical laboratory work experiences in the preparation and cooking of a variety of foods are included in the Culinary Arts program.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Certificate Level 2

Houston Community College
3100 Main Street,
Houston, TX 77002

San Jacinto Community College

Provides basic education and training for cooks and apprentice chefs; and places emphasis on the development of technical food preparation and service skills, understanding of the principles of food composition, experience in the use of maintenance of professional food service equipment, and basic supervisory skills.

Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.

San Jacinto Community College
8060 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505

Lee College

The Culinary Arts program is comprised two certificates of completion. The Basic Culinary Arts certificate requires 15 semester credit hours of course-work while the Advance Culinary Arts certificate requires 29 credit hours.

The hours earned towards the two certificate programs can be applied towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts.

Lee College
2665 Prison Road #1,
Lovelady, TX 75851

Alvin Community College

ACC’s culinary arts program will prepare you for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the food service industry. The program includes a core of culinary arts courses that develop cooking skills and provide instruction in purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision. In addition, you’ll receive a well-rounded academic experience including business, computer, and liberal arts courses preparing you for a successful career as a culinary professional.

Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road,
Alvin, Texas 77511

Non-accredited Cooking Schools in Houston

Well Done Cooking Classes

The classes are for those who are serious about learning how to cook. They offer 20 different courses to choose from throughout the year that can be taken in any order (except Knife Skills 2, which must be taken after Knife Skills 1).

They provide you with a relaxing and warm environment for learning and have the best instructors who are passionate about teaching. For those who complete the necessary 20 courses, they will give both a Certificate of Completion in the Culinary Arts as well as a chef jacket embroidered with your name on it. This certificate proves your completion and can be used to gain employment, should you choose to follow a career in food.

Well Done Cooking Classes
2811 Airline Drive, Suite 5
Houston, TX 77009

Main Course Cooking School

Demonstration experiences offer relaxed discussions, tastings, fun question-and-answer segments and well-chosen recipes you’ll be confident preparing at home. Hands-on cooking experiences give you an opportunity to get your hands dirty. Learn by doing as you’re guided by instructors through all the techniques you need to prepare your class menu. All classes limited to 24 students unless otherwise noted.

Main Course Cooking School
18750 Interstate 45
N. Spring, TX 77373

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