San Francisco Culinary Schools: Chef Training, Restaurant Management

Culinary arts is a passion and whether you are looking for a degree program right out of high school or taking a leap from another career this is a creativity driven industry. San Francisco is the dynamic backdrop for a number of popular culinary academies and cooking schools. Combined with breathtaking scenery, one of the most diverse populations in the country and a cultural smorgasbord, you can’t go wrong learning the ropes as chef, professional cook or restaurant manager in this world famous city. AND you get the chance to work in some of the most well-known restaurants and hotels in the world.

San Francisco Fog.

Food Service is Always In Vogue

Food and comfort are basic human needs, which means the culinary arts never go out of style even in the face of serious economic downturn. People still turn to food for comfort and satisfaction. Carve your niche.

Pursue a degree in culinary arts, cooking, or management right out of high school or take the leap as a second career. San Francisco culinary colleges offer top-notch faculty chefs, challenging curriculums, state of the art kitchens and equipment and provide job placement assistance.

Studying in SF

The city is extremely navigable via BART or taxi and many of the neighborhoods are walkable. And don’t forget the temperate Bay Area weather.

Imagine yourself as Executive Chef, Sous Chef or pastry chef in one of the leading San Francisco restaurants or hotels:

  • The Fitzgerald Hotel
  • Nob Hill Hotel and Colombini Bistro
  • Scala’s Bistro

Imagine the hundreds of restaurants, bistros, bakeries and hotels in which you may apprentice or learn the real ins and outs of your chosen trade. The surrounding countryside offers up some of the richest produce and fruits of the Earth particularly the amazing selection of fine California wines.


Local Community Schools


City College of San Francisco

Degree and certificate programs are rigorous, 5 day a week, full day programs, with classes offered both during the day and evenings.

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies program at the Ocean campus is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

City College of San Francisco
50 Frida Kahlo Way,
San Francisco, CA 94112
415-239-3000

Laney College

The two certificate programs (majors) in this department are Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts Restaurant Management. They provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience that will enhance successful employment in the various career paths available in the Culinary Arts industry.

In addition to the two certificate programs, they offer a one year Culinary Foundations Certificate of Achievement in cooking for only 16 units!

Laney College
900 Fallon St
Oakland, CA 94607
510-834-5740

Contra Costa College

At CCC, you’ll learn the ins and outs of many different cuisines and styles hands-on in their amazing facilities. Their kitchen is new, beautiful and equipped with everything you’ll come across in a modern restaurant. Their teaching restaurant, Aqua Terra Grill, is an upscale, fine-dining experience lauded by the community. And their takeout counter Pronto is a popular destination for students looking for something tasty on-the-go.

Contra Costa College
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA. 94806
510-215-3877

Diablo Valley College

Students have the opportunity to pursue an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry or Restaurant Management, in addition to Career Technical Certification in all three areas, and to continue their education to four year schools.

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus
321 Golf Club Road,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
925-685-1230

San Ramon Campus
1690 Watermill Road,
San Ramon, CA 94582
925-866-1822

San Francisco Cooking School

Their rigorous curriculum is exclusively a hands-on program. You won’t spend time in lecture halls and demonstration kitchens. Instead, you’ll be on your feet cooking everyday in an intimate private-school experience with small classes limited to 14 students.

San Francisco Cooking School
690 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-346-2665


Non-accredited Cooking Schools in San Francisco


First Class Cooking

Offers hands-on cooking classes in a casual, supportive, and fun environment. All classes feature uncomplicated recipes and everything is made from scratch using top-quality, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Classes are designed to appeal to the most novice of cooks while also offering lots of information, kitchen tips, and culinary advice to more experienced chefs. Instruction is truly hands-on and class size is limited to 12 people to insure personalized instruction. Questions are welcomed at any time.

First Class Cooking
1 Bluxome St
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-573-2453

San Francisco Baking Institute

Learn how to understand and control the pastry making process instead of just using the recipes. An introduction to many of the basic techniques necessary to make delicious pastries. This course covers creaming, blending, scones, pie dough, pate a choux, angel food cake, and custards. Hands-on: cookies, muffins, scones, cheese cake and more.

San Francisco Baking Institute
525 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
650-589-5784

Jordan's Kitchen

Their goal at Jordan's Kitchen is to create the highest quality, most personable cooking and dining experience in the Bay Area. Through the immense joys of cooking and eating together, they are making the world a better place.

Jordan's Kitchen
413 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-872-9160

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