Phoenix Culinary Arts Schools: Cooking Careers

Phoenix is a bustling southwestern city with strong growth in tech and medical/healthcare sectors. Add more and more sophisticated businesses and you have increasing demands for great food and the well-trained chefs to prepare it. But with the increase in business and industry a region will also gain ground in hospitality, primarily hotels, resorts and convention centers, all of which must have crews of chefs and cooks able to cook for an elite few or for an army at a moment’s notice.

Explore the various cooking schools in the area. You’ll find a few of the leading programs in the country, as well as a couple of local programs that focus more on cooking for the serious enthusiast versus college-bound pro chef. Keep in mind the various jobs in Phoenix you could be working in when you graduate: restaurant chef or cook, resort or convention center chef or line cook, hospital and medical center cook, or food and beverage management.

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Check out the leading culinary schools in your area


Local Community Schools


Arizona Culinary Institute

Located in Scottsdale, in the Northeast Phoenix Valley, the Arizona Culinary Institute’s program is made to be efficient. The culinary school experience is designed to make good use of your time and resources in an 8 month diploma program. Their philosophy is simple: students learn best in small groups, receiving personal attention from seasoned instructors. And with ongoing events and happenings, they’ve built a real community of people passionate about cooking. With a variety of financial aid options available, they encourage prospective students to take a tour and apply to join them at the Arizona Culinary Institute.

Arizona Culinary Institute
10585 North 114th St.
Suite 401
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
866-294-2433

Scottsdale Community College

The Culinary Arts Block Program is designed to train students who wish to become culinary industry professionals for diverse food service operations. The program focuses on the preparation of casual and upscale cuisine for a variety of services, including full-service, buffet, banquet, and a la carte. Students rotate through all areas of food preparation and apply their knowledge and skills during lunch and dinner service aimed at their contemporary continental on- campus restaurants.

Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2626
480-423-6000

Central Arizona College

The Culinary Arts program offers training in basic and advanced culinary skills and includes a practicum experience within a local commercial kitchen. Several degrees and certificates can enhance job skills and increase employment possibilities. The Culinary Arts program prepares students for positions as professional chefs, cooks, and entry-level management. Arizona is one of the top tourism states in the nation offering many exciting places to work upon completion of a Culinary Arts or Hotel and Restaurant Management certificate or degree program. Through hands-on lab work and lecture classes, students will gain a practical real world understanding of the Culinary Arts and Hotel Restaurant Management industry.

Central Arizona College
8470 N. Overfield Road
Coolidge, AZ 85128
800-237-9814

Estrella Mountain Community College

The Culinary program at EMCC provides students with the creative and technical skills leading to a rewarding career in food service. EMCC offers several certificates and an associates focusing on different aspects of the art. Successful students will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Studies or a Certificate of Completion in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Principles or Culinary Studies.

Classes are taught by instructors who have worked within the industry, using the latest tools and trends, sharing their personal knowledge and experience to prepare you to work in this very diverse field that blends creativity and cuisine.

Estrella Mountain Community College
000 North Dysart Road
Avondale, AZ 85392
623-935-8000


Non-accredited Cooking Schools in Phoenix


Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

Sweet Basil Cooking School started out small in 1993. They’ve grown since then, but the focus is still the same: offer mostly hands-on recreational cooking classes that are both fun and informative in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Their professionally trained chefs with lots of cooking experience and also great teachers who not have the ability to teach cooking but enjoy doing so.

Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
10749 N. Scottsdale Rd., #101
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
480-596-5628

Classic Cooking

After 10 years of operation, Classic Cooking Academy has become one of the most popular cooking schools in metropolitan Arizona.

Their professionally trained instructors will guide you through your experience and there are multiple options to choose from. Their Practical or Pastry Series is for the serious in mind or attend one of their single cooking classes that were designed to balance hands-on learning and fun. Private and professional groups may also reserve their own cooking classes.

Classic Cooking
10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480-502-0177
info@ccacademy.edu

Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School

Teaching people how to improve on their outdoor cooking experience. Classes are most every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from late October to mid-May. Take a 6 hour class and learn BBQ magic ~ become the person on your block that is the expert when it comes to BBQ.

Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School
100 W Hoover #3,
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-285-7661

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