Los Angeles Culinary Schools Turn Out Top Chefs

Los Angeles is home to some of the most diverse cooking schools in the country. Hollywood, celebrity, tourism, and a rich cultural fabric are all factors that drive the food industry in L.A.

Hollywood is a Mecca for budding movie stars, but it is the same for new and experienced chefs. This huge metro area has needs for master chefs, apprentices, specialty cooks and a corps of private chefs in a market that boasts an elite population of celebrities and wealthy business owners and entertainment moguls.

With busy Hollywood as a backdrop explore the various cuisines and cooking schools available in the area. You’ll have the opportunity to train as a chef or cook among some of the most celebrated chefs in America and in famous L.A. kitchens.

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Local Community Schools


Los Angeles Trade Technical College

The Culinary Arts Pathway (CA) offers programs of study that enable students to gain the competencies needed to build credentials for lifelong career success as they prepare to enter the workforce in Food Service Industry. LATTC Culinary Arts programs host external accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), at graduation with your AA degree you may apply for you first level of industry certification with the ACF.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 West Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-763-7000

Los Angeles Harbor College

An Associate Science Degree in Culinary Arts is designed to prepare & qualify students for a career in the rapidly expanding Hospitality & Food Service Industry. This unique program provides students with concept theory and full-production practical experience. Upon completion of the program, students can begin their culinary careers as cooks in restaurants, catering companies, hotels, schools, hospitals & institutions or as purchasing agents, food sales representatives or consultants. The career possibilities are limitless. The Associates Degree consists of general education core components, 18 units in the major and additional elective units to meet the minimum compulsory 60 unit total.

Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place,
Wilmington, CA 90744
310-233-4000

New School of Cooking

Their award-winning professional Culinary Arts program provides you with hands-on intensive instruction from industry-experienced chef instructors. From classic cooking techniques to intricate culinary skills, they will teach you the skills needed to be successful in a professional culinary arts environment.

They also provide you with relevant business classes and career development services to support you in any field of the culinary industry. Whether you are interested in a restaurant career or an alternate food-career path, you will find that their Culinary Diploma programs are designed to prepare you for success in the world of food today.​

New School of Cooking

Pasadena Campus
525 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Culver City Campus
8690 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

844-895-4224

Glendale Community College

Culinary Arts 111 provides an introduction and application of the principles of food preparation for the consumer by professionals. The course emphasizes hands-on cooking, tasting and evaluation to teach professional culinary techniques. The course also stresses how ingredients and culinary processes affect product outcome.

Glendale Community College
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208
818-240-1000

Mt San Antonio College

Capstone culinary work experience course that will challenge students to use knowledge learned in prior coursework and apply it to the day-to-day operations of a student-run restaurant. Students will understand and utilize food and beverage principles, practices, philosophies, and systems in managing a full-service restaurant, through planning, managing and evaluating the daily operations. This course will provide knowledge and skills necessary to manage and make intelligent business decisions within a food and beverage operation or department. A minimum of 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Work experience placement is guaranteed at the student-run restaurant.

Mt San Antonio College
1100 N. Grand Ave.,
Walnut, CA 91789
909-274-7500

College of the Canyons

At the Institute for Culinary Education (iCUE), they offer 3 certificates: a Baking & Pastry Certificate, a Culinary Arts Certificate, and a Wine Studies Certificate as well as an AS Degree in Culinary Arts (coming soon).

College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA
661-259-7800

Cerritos College

Cerritos Culinary Arts offer Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, and Culinary Management programs. They provide students culinary education and 800-hour kitchen laboratory training. Their state of the art production kitchen operates three on-campus food outlets: a fine dining restaurant, a high-volume cafe, and banquet and catering services.

Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
562-860-2451

Long Beach City College

The Culinary Arts Department welcome those who have a passion for food and preparing it. The department offers intensive professional and practical experience through hands-on instruction in the daily operation of a professional kitchen. Courses focus on kitchen safety and sanitation, food preparation and production, menu and event planning, catering and budgeting, international cuisine, and problem-solving in the dynamic culinary environment. The department offers associate degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts, preparing students for higher-level education, advanced training, and careers in a lifelong profession.

Long Beach City College

LAC Campus
4901 East Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808
562-938-4111

PCC Campus
1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90806
562-938-4111

Cypress College

The Culinary Arts Program engages students in a hands-on, state-of-the-art learning environment designed to prepare students to become leaders in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Dedicated culinarians and hospitality professionals guide students through the Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts program offerings. Associate of Science Degrees and Certificates in Hotel Management, Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry prepare students for a challenging career.

Cypress College
1830 W. Romneya,
Anaheim, NOCCCD
714-484-7000

Los Angeles Mission College

The program is designed to train and prepare students for careers in all aspects of the culinary arts and hospitality fields. The design of the program is balanced between developing the culinary tactile skills of food preparation and the management qualities necessary for career growth.

Successful students will be prepared to work as prep cooks, line cooks, sous chefs, and kitchen managers, restaurant managers in a wide range of food service settings, such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, and institutional kitchens. The program will focus on cooking skills development, problem solving, supervision, kitchen management skills and challenging students to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of culinary operations and identify entrepreneurial approaches to restaurant operations.

Los Angeles Mission College
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
818-364-7600

Orange Coast College

​​​​​​The Advanced Culinary programs at Orange Coast College provide an in-depth course of study in their respective areas. The Advanced Certificates in both Culinary Arts and Baking/Pastry are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission and students may earn ACF Certification upon graduation. The Advanced Certificates may be paired with the general education requirements (see catalog) for the Associate in Science degree (s).

Orange Coast College
10880 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1101
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
714-432-5072


Non-accredited Cooking Schools in Los Angeles


Cozymeal

Offers the best in culinary experiences by pairing local consumers and companies with some of the nation's top chefs for cooking classes, food tours and culinary team building events.

Consumers as well as small and large companies use them regularly for all the culinary needs, from celebrations with family and friends to team building events to office meal delivery.

Cozymeal
999 18th St #3000,
Denver, CO 80202
720-464-6911

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom

Chef Eric teaches hands-on cooking classes and gives you a technical education as a European-trained professional chef.

Many students are aspiring professional chefs or current chefs who are seeking to improve their skills. Others just want to learn to cook and bake with a Pro! Since 2003 Chef Eric has been teaching thousands of students just like you to cook in his professionally designed kitchen, with high-end equipment, and a great calendar of professional programs and recreational classes to tempt your palate. Come take a class with him in his West Los Angeles Cooking School.

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom
2366 Pelham Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-470-2640

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