Culinary or Pastry Arts can be an exciting career choice for those who have a passion for cooking or baking. As the restaurant and hospitality industry begin to slowly rebound post-pandemic, it might be time to consider entering the industry. Earning a diploma or degree can help set you apart in this growing field.
So why attend culinary school at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin? Well, there are many compelling reasons.
“I didn’t want to go to a school where I would get lost in a class of 40 students. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts was smaller, which meant more interaction with my Chef Instructor. Not only was the school perfect, but it was in a city I had always wanted to explore – Austin, Texas. At that point my decision was made.”
Antoinette Williams, Austin Culinary Arts graduate
A Solid Foundation
Learn from supportive chef educators who understand the culinary world and bring years of experience into the classroom and kitchens. Our student-centered approach provides mentoring and one-on-one coaching from industry professionals to help you succeed. Our well-rounded program combines modern methods and techniques with a solid business foundation to help prepare our graduates for a variety of opportunities in the field.
Career Advancement and Opportunity
Employers tend to prefer that employees, in particular managers, have some type of certification.* A degree can demonstrate commitment and dedication in addition to the skills and knowledge that comes with formal training and education.
Farm to Table® Experience
Sustainability has become an increasingly important focus in the industry. Our 6-week farm to table course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of where food comes from, the advantages of buying local, various farming and production methods, and how to continue to make the best sustainable and ethical ingredient choices throughout their culinary careers. It’s a unique exploration created by Escoffier chef educators and is exclusive to Escoffier students.
“My favorite course at Escoffier has to be the Farm to Table® Experience. I feel it provides the knowledge that allows chefs to be more imaginative and creative. In fact, in warmer weather, Anise has a vegetable garden on the back patio that we use in preparing our menu. Inspiration derived from this course.”
Quyen Trinh, Owner of Anise-Modern Vietnamese Eatery; Escoffier Culinary Arts graduate
Industry Leading Education
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is consistently ranked among the top in the nation.
“Attending Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts has directly contributed to my success. For me, the chef educators and courses built a foundation of knowledge, confidence and creativity. By working with people who did not attend pastry school, I have found that my experience at the school really did prepare me for my career. Other schools don’t offer students the ability to try different flavor profiles, work on the presentation aspect and bringing your own personality into it. Because I had the opportunity to try anything in school, I was more confident in bringing different flavor profiles to my cakes and pastries in the shop. My coworkers would also look to me for on the job insights and information because of my schooling.”
Lezlie Mills Gibbs, Head Pastry Chef & Co-Kitchen Manager, La Pâtisserie by Luxe Sweets; Austin Pastry Arts graduate
High Profile & Unique Career Opportunities
Our Austin campus has worked with high-profile companies such as Disney Culinary. Students have had the opportunity to interview for an externship with the Disney Culinary Program as well as obtain full-time positions after graduation. Take a look at what former students have to say about the program: Student Testimonials.
Fun and Exciting Ways to Engage in Your Community
Austin is one of the trendiest destinations for food and entertainment. There is so much to do (and eat!) in Austin that you are never left wondering where to go next. Check out some of these amazing events and places to eat:
- South by Southwest
- Austin City Limits Music Festival
- Austin Food & Wine Festival
- The 30 Most Essential Food Experiences in Austin
Interested in culinary school, but not able to attend via the Austin campus? We also offer online programs powered by our Boulder campus so you can gain an education while working or without relocating.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about our Austin campus and how the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts can help you achieve your culinary or pastry dreams. Ignite your passion and contact us today to find out more!
Interested in learning more about culinary school student life? Check out these articles:
- How to Get into Culinary School
- Culinary School Pros and Cons
- Reflections of Our 2020 Austin Campus Graduates
*Oliver Wyman Study 2020
This article was originally published on January 15, 2020, and has since been updated.