Located in a city renowned for its unique food culture, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas, offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience designed for up-and-coming chefs.
Known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, retailers and restaurants, Austin offers a lively, thriving community in which to live, work and study.
Agricultural Learning Center
The Agricultural Learning Center at our Austin culinary school is just steps away from our professional kitchens. As a student, you’ll grow, cultivate and harvest a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs to use in classroom. The Center is an illustration of our commitment to the farm-to-table philosophy, localism, seasonality and sustainability. Take a virtual tour of our Agricultural Learning Center.
Take your culinary cue from a town rich in foodie culture. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts' Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in Austin is a 60-week, hands-on exploration of food service preparation and management and operations. In Austin, you can have a classroom-within-a-classroom learning experience through this city’s contemporary heritage of food trucks and locally sourced ingredients that can enhance your coursework and your industry externship and farm-to-table experiences. Learn more about our AAS degree in Culinary Arts.
Marcus McMellon, President, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Austin
Marcus McMellon’s culinary journey began in east Texas, where he grew up working in his grandparents’ vegetable gardens and accompanying them to farmers’ markets on the weekends. Marcus turned this early interest into a variety of positions in several restaurants. In 2001, Marcus began his career in Culinary Education with Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Schools, serving as Vice President of Finance and Operations during the construction and start-up phase of the Austin Le Cordon Bleu Campus. Additionally, Marcus held the positions of Campus President and Chief Financial Officer for two other Proprietary Education providers in the Dallas area.