ONLINE PROGRAMS

CULINARY SCHOOL ONLINE

Earn a culinary arts degree or diploma at one of the best culinary schools in the USA.*

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Next start date: Jul 10

Overview

Online Culinary School Can Help You Gain a Professional Edge

By enrolling in Escoffier’s online culinary arts degree or diploma program, you can gain a foundational understanding of culinary techniques, the art of gastronomy, and practical business skills that can set you apart from your peers.

With more than 100 professional Chef Instructors, Escoffier’s online programs can prepare you for an exciting career at venues such as:

  • Restaurants
  • Dinner clubs
  • Country clubs
  • Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Catering companies

If you dream of working in fine dining, improving your career options, or even starting your own restaurant or other cooking business, Escoffier can can help you create a roadmap.

Learn more about online culinary school, the curriculum, the Farm To Table® Immersion, an industry externship, and what makes Escoffier unique.

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complete your training in

60 weeks

Escoffier’s online culinary arts programs are designed to work with your schedule. In a little more than a year, you could earn a diploma or degree that sets you apart.

GRANT OR SCHOLARSHIP AID

54%

The percentage of Escoffier Boulder students (including online programs) who received an income-based federal Pell grant and/or a grant or scholarship from another source, per National Center for Education Statistics.

Average federal STUDENT Loan Award

$7,663

For all students, the average amount of aid awarded in the form of federal student loans in 2022-23 was $7,663, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Courses

Professional Online Cooking Classes Plus Culinary Business and Career Training

Escoffier’s online curriculum is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge to help you pursue your dream culinary career.

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Now you can attend an accredited culinary institution with a national reach right from the convenience of your own kitchen.

Our online programs offer a culinary education that includes cooking techniques and business principles, just like our on-campus programs.

Keep reading to learn more about the curriculum, our online culinary classes, and even lesson examples for the culinary arts degree and diploma programs.

  • Attend or review recordings of weekly virtual classes
  • Receive personalized feedback from professional Culinary Arts Chef Instructors
  • Earn your online culinary arts degree or diploma from almost anywhere in the world
  • Get culinary arts job search, interview, and career preparation assistance
  • Access to alumni mentorship and employer partner network
Culinary Foundations

The Culinary Foundations class begins with course work concentrating on food safety and sanitation in the professional kitchen. The class focuses on the importance of proper hygiene, food handling, food storage, cleaning, pest control and HACCP in a food service operation are explored.

Additionally, the historical background of the culinary arts profession is studied, and students will gain an introduction to the professional kitchen by tracing the origin of classical cuisine and gaining an overview of the development of modern foodservice. Students also start to become acquainted with tools, utensils, and equipment and discuss kitchen layout.

Basic cooking techniques, culinary terminology, equipment operation, the use and effect of heat, and seasoning principles are taught in this course. This course also includes fundamental knife skills, cutting techniques, and the concept of mise en place. Conversion methods and standard measurements, as well as yield cost analysis; portion sizing and food costing are covered.

Foodservice Management

This course covers the different types of commercial food service operations, and how to manage each using the principles of good service. Students study the hierarchy of management in food service, and the skills needed to succeed as a manager: training employees, motivating them, disciplining them, and creating a safe and positive work environment. The course also explores how to act responsibly and make decisions that benefit the company.

Menu Design and Management

This course explores different types of menus and their applications. The course covers all aspects of menu planning and design, ranging from visual design to price analysis to making use of available resources. The menu is both a financial tool and a communication tool, and its use as both is explained. Students learn about both food and beverage menus.

Culinary Arts and Patisserie

In the Culinary Arts and Patisserie course, students build upon the foundations taught in Culinary Foundations. The course begins with an overview of breakfast cookery including classical American breakfast items such as egg cookery, quick breads, muffins, biscuits and breakfast meats.

Students will study the art and science of baking and pastry arts and learn to prepare items ranging from bakeshop staples to international restaurant quality desserts covering the theory and chemistry of the pastry arts. Cakes, tortes, icing and decorating techniques are also covered.

Charcuterie and Garde Manger are also covered in this course. Classic charcuterie includes items such as pâtés and terrines, and Garde Manger will cover buffet presentations and the preparation of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

World Cuisines

In this course, students will take an in-depth look at a variety of cuisines from around the world. Students will take a global journey by studying the classical cuisines of France and Italy, and exploring a variety of regional cuisines from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. For each region, students will learn about the history and culture of the people, key ingredients and cooking styles that characterize the cuisine, and how to produce some of the region’s signature dishes. This course will also prepare students for the workforce by teaching them how to research the dishes and flavors of a specific cuisine for any culinary venture.

The Farm to Table Kitchen

This course provides the students with a hands-on experience on a working farm/ranch or vineyard/orchard. The Instructor conducts the lecture and lab activities to coincide with the harvested item(s) for a catered event executed by the students. Students in the residential delivery of the course, under the direction of a Farmer/Rancher collect or harvest foods and/or proteins for the students’ lab activities.

This class also focuses on the ever-growing relationship between the chef and the farm/factory/ranch. This course will result in a daily lab menu production of selected sustainable and/or organic foods. Also presented will be concepts of traditional and nontraditional farming and sourcing for vegetables, as well as the impact of land and sea animal-based food sourcing as practiced globally.

Purchasing and Cost Control

Three out of five foodservice operations fail within five years of opening, often due to money mismanagement; this course gives students the skills to not only keep their restaurant in business but also turn a profit.

This course introduces students to purchasing, receiving, inventory management and menu pricing. Students learn how to minimize costs and maintain a full range of customer services.

The course progresses from the fundamentals of culinary math into an overview of storeroom operations, inventory, portion control, as purchased and edible portions, ingredient conversions, and recipe costing.

Culinary Entrepreneurship

This course is a culmination course in entrepreneurship. This course covers such topics as business planning, pricing, credit management, government regulation, legal concerns. Business ethics and the crucial role and importance of management and leadership are also covered. For the final project for this course, the student will complete and present a business plan for a food service operation.

Culinary Industry Externship I

This course provides opportunities for real life experiences in an operational restaurant or related business and builds on the skills and techniques covered in previous courses. Externship courses are specific to the area of program concentration and must be completed for each concentration in which a student is enrolled. Externship must be completed for each new program enrollment.

Culinary Foundations

The Culinary Foundations class begins with course work concentrating on food safety and sanitation in the professional kitchen. The class focuses on the importance of proper hygiene, food handling, food storage, cleaning, pest control and HACCP in a food service operation are explored.

Additionally, the historical background of the culinary arts profession is studied, and students will gain an introduction to the professional kitchen by tracing the origin of classical cuisine and gaining an overview of the development of modern foodservice. Students also start to become acquainted with tools, utensils, and equipment and discuss kitchen layout.

Basic cooking techniques, culinary terminology, equipment operation, the use and effect of heat, and seasoning principles are taught in this course. This course also includes fundamental knife skills, cutting techniques, and the concept of mise en place. Conversion methods and standard measurements, as well as yield cost analysis; portion sizing and food costing are covered.

Restaurant Operations

Three out of five restaurants fail within five years of opening, often due to money mismanagement; this residential program course gives students the skills to not only keep their restaurant in business but also turn a profit. In this course, students study the hierarchy of management in food service, and the skills needed to succeed as a manager: training employees, motivating them, disciplining them, and creating a safe and positive work environment.

This course explores different types of menus (including both food menus and beverage menus) and their applications. Aspects of menu planning and design, ranging from visual design to price analysis to making use of available resources are covered.

Business and Professional Communications

The Business & Professional Communications course emphasizes the principles and practical application of effective professional communication behaviors within professional, business, and organizational contexts. In addition to identifying the importance of effective communication skills to the hospitality industry, communication styles and effective listening methods are addressed.

Students will create and present oral presentations including cooking demonstrations, and special occasion speaking. Listening skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict resolution, cultural differences in communication, and debate techniques are also covered.

World History and Culture from the Culinary Perspective

Throughout history, food has done more than just provide nourishment. From prehistoric times to the present day, food and the pursuit of it has had a transformative role in human history. Food has impacted societal organization, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. As epicure and gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin stated, “Gastronomy governs the whole of human man.” In addition, food also serves a role in the cultural development of religion, economics, and politics. This course examines the role of food and its contribution and influence over history, culture, religion, economics, and politics. Food customs and attitudes are also explored, as well as, the social awareness selected food patterns and customs.

Culinary Arts and Patisserie

In the Culinary Arts and Patisserie course, students build upon the foundations taught in Culinary Foundations. The course begins with an overview of breakfast cookery including classical American breakfast items such as egg cookery, quick breads, muffins, biscuits and breakfast meats.

Students will study the art and science of baking and pastry arts and learn to prepare items ranging from bakeshop staples to international restaurant quality desserts covering the theory and chemistry of the pastry arts. Cakes, tortes, icing and decorating techniques are also covered.

Charcuterie and Garde Manger are also covered in this course. Classic charcuterie includes items such as pâtés and terrines, and Garde Manger will cover buffet presentations and the preparation of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

Foodservice Math & Accounting

Foodservice Math & Accounting introduces students to managerial accounting concepts and explains their applications to specific operations within the hospitality industry. Emphasis is placed on how to administer accounting procedures to minimize costs and maintain a full range of customer services.

After summary of the fundamentals of culinary math, an overview of basic business accounting transactions is covered including asset/liability accounts such as accounts receivable and payable, ledgers, balance sheets, payroll and financial statements.

Technical Writing for the Hospitality Industry

Technical Writing for the Hospitality Industry, prepares students to write in the hospitality and foodservice professions. In a professional setting, writing provides readers information they need in a format they can understand.

Unlike most academic writing, in which students demonstrate their learning to a professor who already knows the subject, in technical communication the writer is the expert, and the readers are the learners. In the hospitality and foodservice industries, students and professionals write a variety of documents for supervisors, colleagues, and customers such as explaining a problem or product, preparing a proposal, or illustrating a project. This course teaches students to adapt their writing to different audiences and purposes.

This course outlines strategies for making subjects clear to readers who need to understand them. To communicate effectively with an audience, writing must meet rigorous editing standards, in addition to writing in a clear, concise style and presenting information logically.

World Cuisines

In this course, students will take an in-depth look at a variety of cuisines from around the world. Students will take a global journey by studying the classical cuisines of France and Italy, and exploring a variety of regional cuisines from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. For each region, students will learn about the history and culture of the people, key ingredients and cooking styles that characterize the cuisine, and how to produce some of the region’s signature dishes. This course will also prepare students for the workforce by teaching them how to research the dishes and flavors of a specific cuisine for any culinary venture.

The Science of Nutrition

In the Science of Nutrition course, the basic principles of nutrition are investigated. Emphasis is placed on the nutrients, food sources, and their utilization in the body for growth and health throughout life. Contemporary and global nutritional issues are also discussed.

Culinary Entrepreneurship

This course is a culmination course in entrepreneurship. This course covers such topics as business planning, pricing, credit management, government regulation, legal concerns. Business ethics and the crucial role and importance of management and leadership are also covered. For the final project for this course, the student will complete and present a business plan for a food service operation.

Farm to Table® Experience

This course provides the students with a hands-on experience on a working farm/ranch or vineyard/orchard. The Instructor conducts the lecture and lab activities to coincide with the harvested item(s) for a catered event executed by the students. Students in the residential delivery of the course, under the direction of a Farmer/Rancher collect or harvest foods and/or proteins for the students’ lab activities.

This class also focuses on the ever-growing relationship between the chef and the farm/factory/ranch. This course will result in a daily lab menu production of selected sustainable and/or organic foods. Also presented will be concepts of traditional and nontraditional farming and sourcing for vegetables, as well as the impact of land and sea animal-based food sourcing as practiced globally.

Culinary Industry Externship I

This course provides opportunities for real life experiences in an operational restaurant or related business and builds on the skills and techniques covered in previous courses.

Externship courses are specific to the area of program concentration and must be completed for each concentration in which a student is enrolled. Externship must be completed for each new program enrollment.

Culinary Industry Externship II

This course provides additional opportunities for real life experiences in an operational restaurant or related business and builds on the skills and techniques covered in previous courses.

Externship courses are specific to the area of program concentration and must be completed for each concentration in which a student is enrolled. Externship must be completed for each new program enrollment.

Farm To Table® Immersion for Online Students*

Escoffier hosts a quarterly Farm To Table® immersion, where online students have the option to visit the Boulder residential campus for an in-person, hands-on experience to work directly with farmers. Learn more about upcoming events.

Possible farm experiences and observations may include:

  • Harvesting
  • Livestock
  • Dairy
  • Planting
  • Cheese making
  • Biodynamics
  • Permaculture
  • Hydroponics
  • Greenhouses
  • Composting and preserving
*Not required for graduation. Does not lead to academic credit. Optional for students to attend. See upcoming events for additional details including costs and schedule.
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Get assistance landing an industry externship in a professional kitchen for mentorship and hands-on experience in the culinary arts

Escoffier’s career services can assist you with finding an externship in your culinary program areas of interest. Consider training for culinary jobs such as line cook, recipe developer, food stylist, and more.

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[Career Services department] sent over my application and my resume, and assisted me with setting up the [externship] interview. Within a week, I had an externship placement, and I was figuring out the logistics. That wouldn’t have even been a possibility for me if it had not been for the Chef Instructors and the support staff at Escoffier.”*

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Chris MarhevkaCULINARY ARTS GRADUATE
*This information may not reflect every student’s experience. Results and outcomes may be based on several factors such as geographical region or previous experience.
Cost & Time

Your Options to Help You Afford Pursuing a Diploma or Degree in the Culinary Arts

Most Escoffier students received financial assistance in 2022-2023.* Financial Aid is available to students who apply and qualify.
Federal Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to students who apply and qualify. Get our student aid guide, or speak with a financial aid representative to learn more.
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Learn about scholarships and federal financial grants for those who apply and qualify.
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Eligible active duty, veterans, and their family members have specific grants available to help them reach their educational goals.
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Escoffier’s online programs are available through the Boulder, Colorado, campus. The average net price was $11,554 after grant or scholarship aid for students in the largest
program for the time in academic year 2022-23.*

*College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Online Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts

Program Cost: $33,035
Program Length: 60 weeks

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Online Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations

Program Cost: $21,751
Program Length: 60 weeks

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The total program cost listed above encompasses tuition (which includes the tool kit and uniform), a non-refundable application fee, and an optional non-refundable technology fee if you do not already have a computer. As textbooks are all delivered electronically, the cost of any books used in the program and available online to the students are included in the tuition cost. For more cost details, refer to our catalog catalog.

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60 weeks

Academic weeks required to complete the online degree or diploma program.

15-23 hours

Hours per week recommended for academics, depending on the student’s learning style.*

*Approximately 15-23 hours per week is spent on school-related activities depending on program, credential, and personal pace.
10 minutes

Approximate time required to complete an online application. Apply today!

Flexible Learning

A proven, flexible way to reach your culinary dreams for students with busy lifestyles

Online culinary school offers a flexible and modern approach to culinary education, allowing aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts to develop their skills without the constraints of a traditional classroom setting.

Utilizing a blend of video tutorials, interactive assessments, and videos from professional Chef Instructors, our culinary programs cover a wide range of topics from basic knife skills and ingredient sourcing to techniques in various international cuisines.

The online culinary format allows you to receive the same core training as you would on-campus from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

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The online programs at Escoffier allow students to develop the same skills as ground campus students, but you complete the program in your own kitchen.”

LUKE SHAFFERESCOFFIER CHEF INSTRUCTOR

Escoffier’s Online Learning Model Explained

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts pioneered the online learning model for the culinary arts. Here’s how it works:
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step 1:

LEARN

Read assigned texts, watch technique videos, do additional research, and complete knowledge checks.
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step 2:

DISCUSS

Participate in discussion boards with your classmates and instructors about topics related to your coursework, the industry, and more. Join live lessons held virtually each week for a real classroom experience.
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step 3:

EXPERIENCE

It’s cooking time! Execute your practical assignments, documenting the process along the way through a production sheet and taking photos when instructed to.
Instructors

Meet Your Online Culinary Arts Chef Instructors

Your online culinary degree or diploma journey starts here, guided by those who are passionate about helping you turn your culinary dreams into a reality. From basic knife techniques to nuanced cooking concepts, our instructors are dedicated to your success.

More than just mentors, Escoffier Chef Instructors are enthusiastic guides who recognize the unique potential in students. They understand that achieving culinary dreams is not only about honing techniques but also about fostering a supportive learning environment. With personalized encouragement and mentorship, our instructors empower you to set ambitious goals and navigate the path to culinary excellence with confidence.

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Chef Albert Schmid
Chef Albert Schmid
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Etouffee
Award-winning Chef Albert holds extensive ACF certifications. He has authored numerous books and cooked for U.S. Senators, the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, State Governors,…
Chef Eric Jenkins
Chef Eric Jenkins
Favorite Dish: Pork Scallopini
Chef Eric has worked as White House Kitchen Chef, in addition to Executive Chef roles. He is an Advisory Board Member of The Culinary Institute of America’s Alumni Magazine, Mise En Place. He’s won such…
Chef Cesar Herrera
Chef Cesar Herrera
Favorite Dish: BBQ Ribs
While working as the Sous Chef at Pub at the Square, a fine-dining restaurant located in Woodstock, Illinois, Chef Cesar had the opportunity to cook for Bill Murray and all the actors in the movie Groundhog Day, an…
Chef Jey Kempin
Chef Jey Kempin
Favorite Dish: Seared Black Sea Bass and Oysters
Chef Jey has worked as an Executive Chef, a Sous Chef, a Catering Manager, and a Restaurant Manager. They catered for celebrities and professional athletes for New Year’s Eve 2016 in Rhinebeck, New York. They…
Lesson Examples

Get a glimpse into the topics taught in online culinary school

Here are some examples of the many lessons that our online culinary courses have to offer.

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Receive culinary training to create new recipes that build on classic techniques

  • Design and experiment with your own unique blend of ingredients.
  • Begin to develop your palate through culinary arts courses that expand your sensory awareness and enhance your ability to create innovative flavor pairings.
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Learn effective communication skills that can help you succeed as a culinary professional

  • Discuss the importance of effective communication styles and listening methods in the culinary industry.
  • Learn techniques for conflict resolution and cultural differences in communication.
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Gain an understanding of the science behind learning to cook nutritious dishes

  • Discover nutrients, food sources, and their utilization in the body for growth and health throughout life.
  • Study nutrition issues to keep up-to-date with the current nutritional climate.
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Practice math and accounting skills for a professional culinary career in hospitality

  • Learn restaurant accounting procedures that minimize costs and maintain a full range of customer services.
  • Gain an understanding of liability accounts such as ledgers, balance sheets, payroll, and financial statements.

Accredited and Respected Worldwide

The reputation of the institution where you earn your degree or diploma is an important measure of value. Escoffier is recognized industry-wide as a leader in culinary education. The Boulder, Colorado, campus develops and delivers Escoffier’s online programs. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) and is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools.

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#1 in the USA

Ranked best culinary school in the USA by Chef’s Pencil 2022

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LARGEST IN THE USA

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TOP 10 SCHOOLS

Top 10 culinary schools in the United States – USA Today 2019

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BEST ONLINE SCHOOLS 2023

*Based on comparable student population data for Austin and Boulder as currently reported in Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

My education with Escoffier has really given me a good foundation. It has filled a resume gap; it’s filled a professional gap and a skills gap. It has helped me in all aspects of my culinary career.”*

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LANCE MCWHORTERExecutive Chef/Owner at Culture ETX restaurant, Food Network “Chopped” Contestant, Online Culinary Arts Graduate

*This information may not reflect every student’s experience. Results and outcomes may be based on several factors such as geographical region or previous experience.

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Career Outlook

Unlock a diverse range of job opportunities with an online culinary arts degree or diploma

Embarking on a culinary arts degree or diploma journey can open the door to a world of exciting and fulfilling career possibilities. Our program is meticulously designed to equip graduates with the essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the dynamic culinary landscape.

As alumni of our culinary arts degree, you could find yourself well-prepared to step into coveted roles in top-notch venues including prestigious restaurants, resorts, or even your own restaurant if that is your dream.

Employment for cooks is projected to grow 6% from 2022 to 2032, twice as fast as the average growth for all occupations.*

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*Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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563,500

new restaurant jobs

will be added to the economy between 2020-2030, a total increase of 48.9%.*

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EXAMPLE Job Titles

EXAMPLE Employers

  • Fine Dining Restaurants
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Catering Companies
  • Cruise Lines
  • Private Clubs
  • Food Styling Agencies
  • Food Trucks
  • Resorts & Spas
  • Retirement 
Communities
  • Corporate Dining
  • Supermarkets

EXPLORE CAREERS AND EXTERNSHIPS IN OUR CAREER CENTER WITH THE HELP OF OUR CAREER SERVICES SPECIALISTS

Get “insider knowledge” on how you can uncover career opportunities with our employer partners.

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Career Planning

Get clear on your goals and understand career options. Use your externship to explore and experiment.
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Resume and Portfolio Assistance

Build a resume and portfolio that can catch the attention of employers in the niche where you’d like to work.
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Interview Preparation

We can help you practice your interview skills to be ready for questions that come your way.
Admissions

Escoffier’s Admissions Requirements

To enroll at Escoffier and get started in the culinary arts degree or diploma program, you must show proof of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). You do not need any specific work experience, nor do you have to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to any program at Escoffier. For more information, see our catalog.

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Get a step-by-step guide to enrolling at Escoffier.
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Get Your Questions Answered

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Online Culinary Arts Programs

How much does online culinary school cost?

Total program costs for the online diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations is $21,751, and the total program cost for the online Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Culinary Arts is $33,035.* See the costs for all programs here.

*The total program cost listed above encompasses tuition (which includes the tool kit and uniform), a non-refundable application fee, and an optional non-refundable technology fee if you do not already have a computer. As textbooks are all delivered electronically, the cost of any books used in the program and available online to the students are included in the tuition cost. For more cost details, refer to our catalog.

Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.

You can learn more about the financial aid process and speak with a financial advisor to help guide you through the process.

Are Escoffier’s culinary arts programs 100% online?

Escoffier offers both online and on-campus culinary arts programs. The online culinary arts degree and diploma programs are completed fully online, which also includes a hands-on industry externship where they gain real world experience in an operational restaurant or related business.

If you are interested in studying culinary arts at a ground campus, see more information here about our campuses in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado.

Is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts accredited?

Yes! Escoffier is one of the only U.S.-accredited institutions offering 100% online degrees with culinary classes and hands-on industry externships.

Our online programs are available through the Boulder campus. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

It is also approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Division of Private Occupational Schools. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Boulder, CO) has been approved by CDHE to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Escoffier earned this accreditation by designing the entirety of the curriculum, and hiring faculty that fully supports online learning. This is particularly important due to Escoffier’s culinary arts programs being offered 100% online with an in-person industry externship.

How do I enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier?

Thinking about attending an online cooking school? Enrolling in online culinary school at Escoffier takes place on our convenient online platform and typically requires only about 10 minutes to complete the application.

Our guide “How You Can Get into Culinary School” can provide an overview of the steps that you may need to take to enroll in Escoffier. You can also reach out to the Admissions Department for assistance during the process. Applications are accepted continuously for programs.

When you apply, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Your location and demographics
  • Emergency contact information
  • Program of interest
  • Proof of graduation
  • Valid driver’s license, passport, or photo I.D.

After completing the application, you will be prompted to review and submit it along with a $25 application fee. You will then receive an enrollment agreement packet through DocuSign.

Once your application is complete, a representative from the Admissions Team will reach out to discuss the next steps.

This is also an opportunity to consult with the Student Finance Department to explore various financing options. Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify, and many of our students utilize financing options to fund their education.

Is financial aid or scholarships available to attend online culinary school?

Yes! Financial aid is available to students who apply and qualify.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the majority of first-time postsecondary education students at Escoffier who applied and qualified received some form of financial assistance.*

*59% of Boulder students (including online programs) who entered postsecondary education for the first time received some financial assistance in 2022-23 for those who applied and qualified, per College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

If you’re a student, we encourage you to contact our Financial Aid Department to explore your eligibility for grants or federally-backed loans.

Scholarships are also available for online Escoffier students who apply and qualify, including Work & Learn Scholarships, the Student Veteran Scholarship, and merit-based scholarships.

Learn more about the scholarships that you may qualify for.

How does online culinary school work?

Online culinary school at Escoffier works through a combination of digital resources and hands-on experiences. Each week, students engage with assigned readings and video content to learn new culinary terms and techniques. They also participate in live virtual sessions led by professional Chef Instructors and complete weekly assignments in their own kitchens, documenting their progress with photos and written summaries. Some education takes place outside the kitchen, as well, where students take business-related classes that may have non-cooking assignments.

The online format can provide flexibility and allow students to study from home (except the externship) and complete coursework around their schedules.

If you would like to learn more about the process, please check out: How Online Culinary School Works.

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

At Escoffier, even though your instructor isn’t physically present to observe or taste your cooking assignments, you can still expect to receive feedback on your dishes. Assignments are evaluated based on comprehensive documentation, including detailed photos and written summaries, which demonstrate your techniques, presentation, and adherence to recipes. Tools like the Escoffier flavor wheel can help you articulate the taste of your dishes. Your Chef Instructor will review your work, offering feedback and tips to refine your skills.

If you would like to learn more about the process, please check out: How Online Culinary School Works.

How much time per week is required for classes at the Escoffier online culinary school?

The time commitment for classes at Escoffier’s online culinary school typically ranges between 15-23 hours per week spent on school-related activities depending on program, credential, and personal pace. This includes time spent on reading assignments, watching video content, participating in live virtual sessions, completing cooking assignments and other tasks, and engaging in discussions with fellow students. The flexibility of online culinary classes allows students to fit their coursework into their schedules, making it a viable option for those with other commitments, such as work or family responsibilities.

Read more about the length of our programs here: How Long Does It Take to Finish Culinary School?

Note: All clock hours are based on average or expected time to complete an activity or category of activities. Some students may require more or less time to complete course requirements.

How long does it take to complete online culinary school on average?

The online Culinary Arts and Operations Diploma program’s 59 quarter credits can be completed in 890 clock hours over 60 weeks. Similarly, the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts consists of 90 quarter credits, and is estimated to take 1,340 clock hours over 60 weeks. Time to completion for the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts might be contingent upon previously completed, qualifying credits from specific diploma programs.

Read more about the length of our programs here: How Long Does It Take to Finish Culinary School?

Note: All clock hours are based on average or expected time to complete an activity or category of activities. Some students may require more or less time to complete course requirements.

Is online culinary school worth it?

Online culinary school could be a worthwhile investment for many students. It can offer flexibility, allowing you to study from almost anywhere with internet and kitchen access and fit your education around other commitments. Culinary programs like those at Escoffier can provide a comprehensive curriculum, including hands-on industry externships that can prepare students for a variety of careers in the culinary field.

Culinary school can also offer several advantages over just learning on the job. In a professional kitchen, cooks may be responsible for executing predetermined recipes repeatedly, which can limit their exposure to different techniques and cuisines. In contrast, culinary school can provide the opportunity to explore a wider variety of food styles and culinary traditions from around the world. Additionally, Chef Instructors may be able to explain the science behind ingredients and techniques, helping students develop a deep understanding of the culinary arts.

A culinary degree or diploma may also show a candidate’s commitment to the profession, which can be crucial in the hiring process for employers. Recruiting and training new cooks or chefs is a time-consuming and costly process, often running into the thousands of dollars. Therefore, executive chefs are seeking dedicated employees who are committed to staying with the organization for the long term. A culinary degree can demonstrate that the candidate is serious about the kitchen and is not just looking for a temporary job.

Culinary schools can also be valuable for networking. When an employer has a position to fill, they often think about their network and who they know that might be a good fit. They’ll then reach out to their industry connections to see if they know of any good candidates. Having a solid network of cooks and chefs that you’ve built from your time in culinary school could be critical during a culinary career.

Check out our article on the pros and cons of attending culinary school for help deciding if it’s right for you.

Is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts the best online culinary school in America?

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts has been recognized by Niche as one of the leading online culinary schools in the USA in 2024.

It is known for its experienced Chef Instructors, innovative online curriculum, and emphasis on sustainable and farm-to-table practices. The curriculum can cover a wide range of topics, from basic cooking techniques, menu design, world cuisine, business skills, to advanced culinary concepts. Additionally, Escoffier’s online programs include hands-on industry externships, which can provide valuable real-world experience for students in a professional kitchen setting.

In addition to its online culinary programs, Escoffier also offers online programs in Baking and Pastry Arts, Food Entrepreneurship, Plant-Based Culinary Arts, Holistic Nutrition & Wellness, and Hospitality & Restaurant Operations Management.

If you are considering a career in the culinary arts, Escoffier’s online culinary school can be a great choice for your education.

Check out our article on what you need to know about culinary school at Escoffier to learn more about what makes our school stand out.

Is online culinary school hard?

While online culinary school at Escoffier can at times be challenging, it’s designed to be an engaging and rewarding experience. While it requires commitment and hard work, many students find the challenge exciting and fulfilling. The curriculum is structured to build your skills progressively, starting with foundational techniques and advancing to more complex concepts. Additionally, Escoffier provides support through Success Coaches, Chef Instructors, and a flexible online format that can allow you to study at your own pace within the weekly deadlines.

Read more about how full-time, working adults can succeed in online culinary school.

Is Escoffier’s online culinary school considered a college?

The definition of a college or “culinary college” is open to interpretation and there is not a singular definition. At Escoffier, we feel that the most accurate term for our type of accredited, skills-based programs would be a culinary trade school.

Not all colleges and universities are accredited, and neither are all trade or technical schools.

Escoffier’s Boulder campus, which offers online programs, is an accredited, degree-granting institution.

Many students are drawn to this trade school approach because it can typically offer a shorter completion timeline compared to many traditional colleges. This can enable graduates to join the workforce more quickly with industry-specific expertise.

Read more about whether culinary school is considered a college.

Note: Escoffier’s online programs are available through the Boulder campus. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). It is also approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Division of Private Occupational Schools. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Boulder, CO) has been approved by CDHE to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Which online diploma or degree do I need to become a chef?

Escoffier offers an online Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations and an online Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts, which are both designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in the culinary industry.

However, it’s important to note that while these programs can enhance your qualifications, they do not guarantee a position as a chef. Success in the culinary field can also depend on factors like experience, skill development, and networking among other criteria. You can explore more information in these helpful articles:

Does Escoffier’s online culinary school include an internship or externship?

Yes, Escoffier’s online culinary school includes a hands-on industry externship as part of the curriculum. This externship provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in a real-world kitchen environment, gaining valuable experience and networking with professionals in the field.

Do I need a GED or high school diploma to go to an online culinary school?

Yes, to qualify for Escoffier’s online culinary arts programs, you must provide proof of completing high school or its equivalent before the anticipated start date. This can be achieved through one of the following methods:

  • High school diploma or transcript
  • High school equivalency exam: GED, HSED, HiSet, or TASC
  • Documentation demonstrating that the student has passed a state-authorized examination that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma
  • Official college transcript from a completed Associate or higher degree program from an accredited institution
  • 60 completed college semester credits or 90 completed college quarter credits from one accredited institution
  • State-recognized homeschool certificate of completion
  • Homeschool documentation as required by local and or state agencies, not limited to the following: notification to the required agency, academic transcripts, and proof of graduation
  • DD-214 for U.S. veterans, which reflects high school equivalency

Does my GPA matter for culinary school admissions?

No, your past GPA is not factored into the admissions decision for attending culinary school at Escoffier.

Are SAT scores required to attend Escoffier’s culinary school online?

No, SAT scores are not required to attend the online culinary school at Escoffier.

What do I need to have at home to complete online culinary school?

When students enroll in an online culinary program at Escoffier, they are provided with a standard toolkit tailored to their specific program, which can include various utensils and tools, as well as a chef’s uniform.

I’m not very comfortable with technology. Is technical support available for online culinary school?

You don’t need special technological skills to participate in the online programs! The online programs are designed to be accessible to almost everyone, regardless of their technical expertise. You can receive technical support by calling our support team at (877) 224-8576.

We want to make sure that you have a positive experience with our online programs. If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team. We’re here to help!

Escoffier online student placing cooked zucchini on a white plate

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