October 3, 2019
Formal culinary arts schools weren't always an option for prospective chefs.

Formal culinary arts schools weren’t always an option for prospective chefs.

Historical chefs like Auguste Escoffier, Antonin Carême, Fernand Point and others have had a major effect on modern cuisine. These chefs laid the groundwork for culinary arts and their work is the basis for most of culinary arts education.

Although culinary apprenticeships have existed for several hundred years in Europe, the U.S. still has an interesting and rich history of culinary education.

As the only accredited institution offering 100% online programs in culinary & pastry arts with an industry externship, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts has done much to advance modern culinary education.

But for culinary aficionados and students, it’s important to understand the origins of culinary education in the United States and how American culinary arts has been deeply influenced by the rest of the world.

The First U.S. School in Boston

Founded in 1879, the Boston Cooking School was the very first school in the U.S. devoted specifically to the cooking of food. The school was a Women’s Educational Association of Boston creation with the purpose of giving women cooking skills that they could use both in and out of the home. This school helped standardize cooking practices and recipes, and laid the foundation for the culinary arts schools that would come after it.

The First American Cookbook

A student, and later the principal, of the Boston Cooking School, Fannie Merritt Farmer, was the first person in the U.S to write a cookbook. Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cookbook included over 1,000 recipes and plenty of tips and tricks of the trade. Farmer’s book was a major success has since been considered an essential reference for any in-home chef. The book brought many of the lessons that the Boston Cooking School was teaching to their students into the home of thousands of Americans.

The American Culinary Federation

In 1929, the American Culinary Federation was created. The federation was created by three different organizations that wanted to come together and build one strong organization for chefs and cooks. Since then, the ACF has always worked to support and promote the professional image of chefs and cooks.

Cooking Classes Via TV and Radio

After WWII there was a demand for culinary arts and to help educate people, television and radio shows were broadcast. In the 1940s, James Beard hosted a cooking show that was extremely popular, and in the 1960’s Julia Child brought French cooking practices to America via radio and television. These shows and the many others that existed helped to educate people and popularize the education of culinary arts.

Culinary Arts Schools Across the Nation

Today, prospective culinary arts students have many options when it comes to gaining an education. There are numerous books and shows that people can learn from. While these options are great, many people still prefer to get a formal education.

Advance your culinary education with the speed, flexibility, and affordability of Escoffier’s online programs and learn more about the vast number of scholarships and financial aid packages available to those who qualify.

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