Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate in Escoffier Online Culinary Arts

Is the program done 100% online?

Yes, the program is 100% online with a hands-on externship, making it the perfect fit for those with families, jobs, or other circumstances that don’t allow the student to attend a physical campus.

Are there certain times I have to participate in live class time?

Yes. There are scheduled live discussions each week of the program. In addition, the discussions are archived so students are able to use them for reference in the future.

How do I learn the culinary arts online?

Each week you will have a topic that will be broken down into 3 stages.

  • Step 1: Research- Each week will begin with your assigned chapters that you will read pertaining to the featured technique. You will also participate in discussion boards where you interact with other students like a classroom environment.
  • Step 2: See it- You have the opportunity to do this in various ways. First, you will have access to the step-by-step videos that are archived in your online campus. You will also have access to your weekly live sessions.
  • Step 3: Cook- With all your preparations done, you can now execute the technique by following our production sheet from start to finish, taking photos where instructed to.

How do I get graded on my cooking assignments if the instructor is not there to see it or taste it?

Each of your cooking assignments will contain 3 steps (see below). These steps ensure you are getting accurate feedback and grading. Your chef will include voice feedback with each assignment.

  • Step 1: Narrative- Submit a brief summary of the assignment (lessons learned, insights gained, triumphs and problems)
  • Step 2: Submit Pictures- Each technique will have a list of pictures that you will submit with each assignment. Example: your mise-en-place, a close up picture of your carrots showing proper knife cuts, a picture of your food plated.
  • Step 3: Flavor Journal- Our program trains you extensively on creating your flavor memories so you understand things like tastes, consistencies, textures, and aromas. For that reason, each submitted assignment includes a detailed explanation of the above characteristics of your dish.

How do I enroll?

If you are ready to get the application process started, please contact our Admissions Department at 855-983-5997 and one of our admissions advisors will walk you through the short application process. You can also apply online.

How much time per week is required to be successful in the program?

Our students require 15 hours per week to be successful in our program. This includes your studies as well as cooking assignments.

Is the Professional Program accredited?

Yes. Escoffier is proud to be the only nationally accredited online culinary program in the United States.

How long does it take to complete the Professional Program?

The online program is an accelerated program. With normal progression, you can complete the program in 13 months. 


What will I learn in the Professional Program?

In our program you will be extensively trained in culinary techniques, learn the basics of the pastry arts as well as acquire knowledge in entrepreneurship and business management. We teach you how to run a kitchen as an executive chef as well as how to start and run a successful food operation.

How many cooking assignments will I complete in the program?

Throughout the 13 months you will perform 150 cooking assessments while learning and practicing over 300 techniques

Does your program include an industry externship?

Yes, the last class of the program will be your 150-hour industry externship. Our Career Services Department will work with you to find an establishment in your surrounding area where you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with a chef, applying everything you learned in the program in a professional kitchen.

How much does the Professional Program cost?

Tuition: $14,945

Application Fee (non-refundable): $50


Total tuition cost: $14,995

The tuition costs listed are for the entire program and inclusive of the books and supplies issued by the School. The Application Fee is a one-time fee paid at the time of enrollment. 

Do you offer financing?

Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals offers Financial Aid for those who qualify.  Our Financial Aid Department will work with you to determine your eligibility