Earn an online culinary degree or diploma from Escoffier by training in your own kitchen, plus a hands-on externship in a professional kitchen.* Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.

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*Escoffier’s online diploma and degree culinary programs are available through Escoffier’s Boulder, CO campus.


Attend culinary school while living in Phoenix from your own home with Escoffier’s flexible online programs

Are you considering culinary school in Phoenix but prefer the convenience of learning from home? Escoffier’s online culinary degree or diploma programs could be the solution for you! Escoffier is the largest culinary school brand in the USA* and #3 Best College for Culinary Arts in America in 2024.

By attending online culinary classes at Escoffier, you can earn a culinary degree or diploma that covers everything from basic knife skills to culinary techniques or even strategies for starting your own business. Of course, you can also be immersed in the Phoenix food scene, where you can experience the vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary cuisines of the Southwest firsthand while gaining experience in an externship in a professional kitchen.

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

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Escoffier is Nationally Accredited

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

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Escoffier has been providing accredited online culinary education since 2015, when our first non-degree online program was established.

Next start date: August 21, 2024


Enroll in Online Cooking Classes from Phoenix While Gaining Essential Hands-On Skills

Escoffier’s online culinary curriculum, available through its Boulder, Colorado campus, is designed to equip you with the skills and experience you need to thrive professionally.

Taking online culinary classes at Escoffier while living in Phoenix offers practical training in cooking and business skills, taught by experienced Chef Instructors. The programs cover a wide range of techniques, from basic to advanced culinary skills, and include lessons on the business aspects of the industry. This well-rounded approach can help prepare you to better understand kitchen management, how to prepare yourself to advance to higher positions, and the principles of entrepreneurship.

Earning your culinary degree or diploma online lets you dive into Phoenix’s unique and vibrant food scene. With its mix of authentic Southwestern eateries, innovative farm-to-table restaurants, and varying seasonal experiences, Phoenix offers a rich array of dining experiences.* Through our online programs, you can experience this culinary diversity while taking advantage of the flexibility and convenience of virtual learning.

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Business-Focused Curriculum

Entrepreneurship & food management business skills
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Personalized Feedback

Support from professional Chef Instructors
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Farm to Table® Coursework

Our programs include a farm-to-table course that focuses on sustainability
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Career Assistance

Culinary arts job search, interview, and career preparation assistance
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Networking Opportunities

Access to alumni mentorship and employer partner network
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Flexible Learning

Earn your online culinary arts degree or diploma from almost anywhere
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Our Online Culinary Programs Cover the Same Curriculum as Our In-Person Programs

Students living in Phoenix can attend our culinary arts programs from home while studying under professional Chef Instructors. Here’s how it works:

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Read assigned texts, watch technique videos, do additional research, and complete knowledge checks.
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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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It’s cooking time! Execute your practical assignments, documenting the process along the way through a production sheet and taking photos when instructed to.

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.”

Cost & Time

Online Culinary School Tuition & Financial Aid Opportunities

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.
Military Benefits
Eligible active duty, veterans, and their family members have specific grants available to help them reach their educational goals.

Escoffier’s online programs are available through the Boulder, Colorado, campus. The average net price was $11,554 for 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: $35,170
Program Length: 60 weeks

Online Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations

Program Cost: $23,297
Program Length: 60 weeks

The total program cost listed above encompasses tuition, tool kit, uniform, a non-refundable application fee, and an optional non-refundable technology fee if you do not already have a computer. As textbooks are delivered electronically, the cost of 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.

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The cost for Escoffier is substantially less compared to the other schools I researched. As far as the cost, Escoffier was definitely worth it. You can’t put a price tag on knowledge and education.”*

Brent UnruhEscoffier Culinary Arts Graduate & Executive Chef, Target Hospitality

*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.

Hands-on learning while living in PHOENIX

Gain hands-on, practical experience with Escoffier’s online culinary arts programs while living in Phoenix

At Escoffier, studying online in Phoenix, AZ connects you to a multicultural food scene influenced by Southwestern and Mexican cuisines, giving you the practical experience necessary for professional success. This externship allows you to apply classroom skills in real-world kitchens with seasoned culinary experts.

  • Networking opportunities with culinary professionals
  • Real-world kitchen experience
  • Professional skill development
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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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“The externship class allows students-even those with no prior experience-to get their foot in the door. Once they gain that valuable experience, it is easier for them to determine which path they want to take with their careers.”*

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“All the puzzle pieces are starting to come together because of the real world experience that I now have, which I didn’t have before. It was hard to see these issues in place since I’ve never worked in a restaurant. Now [after my externship], I can see it.”*

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MICHAEL HARDENESCOFFIER graduate & food enthusiast

*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.

Phoenix: A Dynamic Fusion of Southwestern and International Flavors

Pursuing a culinary degree or diploma online while living in Phoenix could provide you with valuable hands-on experience in the city.

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9 James Beard Award-Winning Chefs & Restaurants*

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Top 30 Best Foodie City in america in 2023*

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home of top pizzerias in the U.s. & worldwide*

Career Outlook

Earning an online culinary degree or diploma while living in Phoenix can open up career opportunities

Attending culinary school while living in Phoenix can provide you with the skills you need for a wide range of culinary jobs. Through applying the skills you learned in the classroom to a hands-on externship, you can build connections and gain experience in local restaurants, helping you get closer to your dream career.

With the combination of practical learning and industry-focused training, graduates can be well-prepared to thrive in various roles in Phoenix’s food scene. From studying different cuisines to working in neighborhood spots or top-rated restaurants, a degree or diploma while living in Phoenix can set the stage for an exciting culinary career.

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Phoenix has seen a post-COVID restaurant boom, with the number of new restaurant listings in metro Phoenix rising 12% between 2019 and 2023.*


Frequently Asked Questions About Online Culinary School in Phoenix

How do I enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier from Phoenix?

Enrolling in online culinary school from Phoenix, Arizona only takes about 10 minutes on Escoffier’s user-friendly online platform. For a comprehensive look at the enrollment steps, you can refer to our guide, “How You Can Get into Culinary School,” or reach out to the Admissions Department for personalized assistance.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. To apply, you’ll need to provide:

  • Your location and demographic information
  • Emergency contact details
  • The program you’re interested in
  • Proof of graduation
  • A valid driver’s license, passport, or photo ID

After filling out your application, you’ll need to review and submit it along with a $25 application fee. Following this, you will receive an enrollment agreement packet via DocuSign.

Once your application is reviewed, an Admissions Team member will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps. This is also a good time to speak with the Student Finance Department to explore financing options. Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify, which can make education accessible to many students.

Do I need a GED or high school diploma to enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Phoenix?

Yes, to enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Phoenix, you need to provide proof of high school completion or an equivalent qualification before your planned start date.

Phoenix residents can meet the requirements through one of the following options:

  • A high school diploma or transcript
  • Passing a high school equivalency exam such as the GED, HSED, HiSet, or TASC
  • Documentation showing you have passed a state-authorized examination that is recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma
  • An official college transcript from an accredited institution showing completion of an Associate degree or higher
  • Completion of 60 college semester credits or 90 college quarter credits from an accredited institution
  • A state-recognized homeschool certificate of completion
  • Homeschool documentation required by local or state agencies, which may include notification to the required agency, academic transcripts, and proof of graduation
  • A DD-214 form for U.S. veterans, indicating high school equivalency

Are SAT scores required to attend Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts from Phoenix?

No, you do not need to submit SAT scores to attend online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Phoenix.

What GPA do I need to attend online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Phoenix?

Your past GPA does not impact the admissions decision for enrolling in online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Phoenix.

How much does it cost to go to culinary school in Phoenix?

Whether you are living in Phoenix or elsewhere, see the costs for all programs here. Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.

To learn more about the financial aid process and speak with a financial advisor for guidance, you can contact us.

Is financial aid or scholarships available to attend culinary school in Phoenix?

Yes, financial aid is available for students who apply and qualify from Phoenix.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the majority of first-time postsecondary students at Escoffier who qualified received some form of assistance. We encourage students to reach out to our Financial Aid Department to determine their eligibility for grants or federally-backed loans.

Escoffier offers scholarships for online students who qualify, including the Work & Learn Scholarships, the Student Veteran Scholarship, and various merit-based scholarships.

Explore the scholarships available and see if you might qualify.

How long is online culinary school for students living in Phoenix, Arizona?

For students living in Phoenix, Arizona and elsewhere, the online Diploma Program in Culinary Arts and Operations requires 59 quarter credits and is designed to be completed in 890 clock hours over a span of 60 weeks. In comparison, the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts includes 90 quarter credits and generally takes 1,340 clock hours to complete, also over a span of 60 weeks.* The duration can vary depending on any previous diploma program you have completed.

For more information on program lengths, refer to our guide: “How Long Does It Take to Finish Culinary School?”

*Time to complete may be extended due to Distance Education course sequencing.

Note: The clock hours mentioned are estimates based on the average time expected to complete activities or categories of activities. Individual completion times may vary.

Is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts accredited in Phoenix?

It is! Escoffier stands out as one of the few U.S.-accredited institutions offering fully online degrees that encompass culinary classes and hands-on industry externships.

Our online programs are administered through the Boulder campus. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado holds national accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

Additionally, the school is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Division of Private Occupational Schools. The Boulder campus is authorized by the CDHE to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

This accreditation was earned through careful curriculum development and the hiring of faculty experts in online education. This is crucial for Escoffier’s culinary arts programs, which are offered entirely online and include an in-person industry externship.

Is a culinary school considered a trade school in Phoenix?

Yes, at Escoffier, we identify as a “culinary trade school” due to our being an accredited institution with skills-focused programs for a particular trade.

If you’re living in Phoenix, Arizona, it’s important to note that not all educational institutions, whether they are colleges, universities, or trade and technical schools, are accredited. However, Escoffier’s Boulder campus, which administers our online programs, is an accredited institution authorized to grant degrees and diplomas.

Many students are drawn to the trade school model because it often allows for faster program completion compared to traditional colleges, enabling graduates to join the workforce sooner with specialized industry skills.

Discover more about the distinctions between culinary schools and traditional colleges.

Note: Escoffier’s online programs are offered through the Boulder campus. The 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. The Boulder campus is authorized by CDHE to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Do I need to be an Arizona resident to attend online culinary school at Escoffier?

No, you don’t need to be an Arizona resident to enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier. Escoffier’s culinary arts programs are offered entirely online, except for hands-on industry externships. This setup allows students to complete their coursework and earn their degrees and diplomas from almost any location globally.

What culinary job opportunities are available in Phoenix?

The Phoenix culinary scene is thriving, with the establishment of new restaurants, bars, and hotels contributing to the city being labeled one of America’s best under-the-radar destinations.

For graduates with a culinary arts degree or diploma in Phoenix, the city’s growing culinary landscape can lead to many job opportunities. Here are some potential job opportunities in Phoenix:

Chefs and Kitchen Staff: Phoenix’s dining scene, especially along Central Avenue, is bustling with new and established restaurants. This vibrant culinary landscape can offer numerous job opportunities for graduates, spanning a wide range of cuisines, from burgers and fusion to elevated desert cuisine.

Pastry Chefs: Specialty bakeries and cafes in Phoenix, particularly those focusing on artisan and high-quality baked goods, often seek creative pastry chefs. The city’s thriving bakery scene can provide an excellent platform for pastry chefs to showcase their talents.

Catering and Event Chefs: Phoenix’s active social and corporate event scene may offer numerous opportunities for chefs who specialize in catering. These roles typically require expertise in menu planning, large-scale food production, and client service.

Food and Beverage Managers in Hotels: As a major tourist destination, Phoenix has many luxury hotels that may need experienced food and beverage directors to oversee their dining establishments, including hotel restaurants and room service operations.

To learn more about the culinary job opportunities that might be available to you, check out our article, 13 Great Culinary Careers in the Food Industry.

How do I become a chef in Phoenix?

A combination of culinary education and hands-on experience can help equip you with the tools and experience needed to pursue a career as a chef in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some key steps that can help you further your culinary career:

Culinary Education: The online culinary arts program at Escoffier offers a comprehensive education in culinary techniques and kitchen management. This program allows you to learn essential skills and advance your education from almost anywhere, potentially opening up future opportunities in the culinary field. It also includes an in-person industry externship, which is invaluable for gaining practical experience as an aspiring chef.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culinary Scene: It’s important to complement your online studies by gaining hands-on experience in Phoenix’s booming culinary scene. Phoenix boasts a diverse range of restaurants, from Southwestern cuisine to fine dining establishments. Externships in these settings can provide necessary hands-on experience and help reinforce the skills learned in your online courses.

Start with Entry-Level Positions: Starting as a line cook or prep cook in Phoenix’s restaurants can help solidify your basic skills and expose you to the real-world pressures and demands of a professional kitchen. This experience can be extremely important for building a career in culinary arts.

Network in Phoenix: Leveraging Phoenix’s culinary scene for networking can significantly enhance your career prospects. Networking opportunities can include engaging in local food festivals, culinary competitions, and industry conferences in the city. Additionally, joining professional associations, such as the American Culinary Federation’s Arizona chapter, can provide valuable connections with local chefs and restaurateurs. Following these steps and taking advantage of both online education and local experiences can help you effectively prepare for a successful career as a chef in Phoenix.

For a detailed guide on pursuing this career, check out our Essential Guide to Becoming a Chef.

What is the median salary for chefs and head cooks in Phoenix?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in the United States, the median salary for chefs and head cooks in Phoenix is approximately $69,280 per year as of May 2023.

Which culinary degree is best for high-paying chef jobs in Phoenix?

Both the Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations and the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts at Escoffier offer a wide range of skills that could help set you up for success in a high-paying culinary career. Neither diploma is necessarily better than the other for attaining a high-paying chef job; rather, they can offer different advantages depending on your career and educational goals.

Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations: This program emphasizes foundational skills required to work in a professional kitchen. It covers essential cooking techniques and basic management skills, typically taking less time to complete than an associate degree. This diploma is ideal if you want to quickly enter the workforce and start gaining practical experience in the culinary field.

Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts: This degree offers a more comprehensive curriculum, including both culinary skills and a broader education in culinary arts management. In addition to culinary techniques, it covers restaurant operations, foodservice accounting, and business communications. These courses can be particularly beneficial for those considering management positions or planning to run their own culinary business.

Both of these programs can help provide you with the necessary tools and training to succeed at attaining a high-paying chef career. You can improve your chances for success by networking in Phoenix’s thriving culinary scene, participating in externships that equip you with practical experience, and continuously honing your skills through practice.

Does Escoffier’s culinary school provide job search assistance after graduation for students in Phoenix, Arizona?

Yes, online culinary school at Escoffier can help provide job search assistance to students in Phoenix after graduation.

The Career Services team provides counseling and tools to help students reach their career goals and connect with employers that align with their professional aspirations.

Students at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts receives Career Services support throughout their academic journey and can continue to receive this support even after graduation.

Is Escoffier the best culinary school in Phoenix?

Niche has ranked Escoffier as one of the best colleges for culinary arts in America, and by conclusion one of the best culinary schools you can attend if you are living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Our school is acclaimed for its Chef Instructors, comprehensive curriculum, and commitment to sustainable and farm-to-table practices. The coursework covers a wide range of topics, from fundamental cooking techniques and foodservice management to business skills and various culinary concepts.

Moreover, our programs feature hands-on industry externships, providing crucial practical experience in a professional kitchen setting.

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

If you’re considering a culinary arts career in Phoenix, enrolling in online culinary school at Escoffier could be an excellent educational choice.

Learn more about what distinguishes our school by reading our article on what you need to know about culinary school at Escoffier.

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