Washington, DC Cooking Schools for Student Chefs and Cooks

The DC area is about as diverse an area as you can get in the country. Here are diplomats from all over the world and top-level dignitaries. The nation’s number one Executive Chef commandeers the White House kitchen. And in D.C. there is as much an emphasis on hospitality professionals as there is on chefs. The city, due to its huge visitor population, relies on scores of excellent hotels, each with a fine restaurant and dozens of chefs, line cooks and food prep assistants.

Unlike a few other regions of the country the food service and hospitality industries in DC are not slowed in periods of recession. Politicians continue their daily grinds and visiting dignitaries and diplomats are still in town. Celebrities also frequent the area. Demand for good food continues unabated in DC.

Washington D.C. Skyline at Night.

A few award-winning celebrity chef-owners have well-established restaurants in D.C., including Todd Gray’s Equinox and Jeffrey Buben’s Vidalia and Bis restaurants.

Growing a Culinary Career in DC

Find out what career opportunities are available to you when your passion for food goes beyond simple enjoyment to the creation of amazing dishes and the drive to cook no matter what. The culinary industry, despite economic hard times elsewhere, continues its uphill climb. The advent of food television has made it possible to recreate the image of a chef, even cast it as a competition that pits wit, skill, and physical endurance—witness the popular Iron Chef programs.

If you imagine yourself the next Iron Chef then find out what it takes to study for a degree in the culinary arts at one of DC’s popular schools.

Local Community Schools

Virginia Community College

Covers the historical perspective of the cooking and hospitality industry. Includes career paths and opportunities for culinarians, culinary professionalism, people skills, motivational and organizational skills.

Virginia Community College
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 819-4901

Stratford University

The Culinary Arts seeks to prepare students for the evolving demands of the hospitality and culinary arts professions, by providing them with a framework for the lifelong learning required for career advancement. Their faculty bring their students the world of hospitality from a global perspective. The Stratford University Culinary Arts Degree empowers students with the hands-on skills to realize tangible improvements in craft and career, alike.

Virginia Community College
3201 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, VA
(703) 721-4126

Prince George's Community College

The Culinary Arts Center provides three specialized kitchen labs and a spacious community kitchen where students learn to cook and serve what they make. Professional chefs, home cooks, and foodies are welcome to try any of their classes.

Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774

L'Academie de Cuisine

The Professional Culinary and Pastry Arts Programs and administrative offices are at their Gaithersburg campus. They also offer recreational cooking classes at L'Academie Kitchen, just steps from the metro in Bethesda, MD.

L'Academie de Cuisine
16006 Industrial Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Non-accredited Cooking Schools in Washington


Offers cooking instruction to enthusiasts of all skill levels, whether you wish to learn basic techniques or more intensive culinary skills. Their beautiful state-of-the-art kitchens are equipped for the optimal experience in cooking and learning, with sleek commercial equipment and flat-screen televisions for ease of viewing.

1131 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 587-5674

Blue Ribbon Cooking

All classes are hands-on, include a full dinner with wines and beverages and are 3 hours in length, unless otherwise specified. Reservations required and must be prepaid with a credit card.

Blue Ribbon Cooking
2501 Fairview Ave.
E. Seattle, WA 98102

ACF Accredited Programs

Certificate & Job Training Programs

Potomac Job Corps Center
1 Dc Village Ln SW
Att: Finance Department
Washington, DC 20032-5206

Phone: (202) 373-3095
Contact: Paula Lesko - lesko.paula@jobcorps.org

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