ONLINE CULINARY SCHOOL AVAILABLE IN ATLANTA

Earn an online culinary degree or diploma while living in Atlanta, from the comfort of your own home.* Gain practical experience with 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.

Overview

Study the culinary arts while living in Atlanta, Georgia with the convenience of Escoffier’s online programs

Interested in attending culinary school while living in Atlanta but don’t have the time to drive to a traditional brick-and-mortar school? Online culinary school just might be the way to launch your dream career. Escoffier is the largest culinary school brand in the USA* and #3 Best College for Culinary Arts in America in 2024.

With flexible online cooking classes and a curriculum that emphasizes important business and career skills, you can prepare yourself for a career that could help you join the vibrant Atlanta food scene as a professional cook.


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

2024 Best Colleges for Culinary Arts in America (#3 nationally), Niche

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60 weeks

Hands-on Atlanta area

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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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Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

Yes! Online Culinary School at Escoffier Really Works.

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

COURSES

Take Online Cooking Classes While Living in Atlanta & Gain Hands-On Career Training

Escoffier’s online culinary curriculum, available through its Boulder, Colorado campus, is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge to pursue your dream career.

Online culinary classes at Escoffier offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers practical cooking skills, management, and mentorship from professional Chef Instructors. The programs cover a wide range of culinary techniques, from basic knife skills to cooking methods, all while proving insight into the business aspects of the industry. This balanced approach can help you gain a deeper understanding of kitchen management, may prepare yourself for advancement to higher positions, and grasp the principles of entrepreneurship.

Studying online while living in Atlanta also provides the added benefit of being immersed in one of the most dynamic food scenes in the United States. Atlanta’s unique culinary landscape, with its blend of Southern tradition and global influences, provides a diverse setting for culinary education.* You have the opportunity to draw inspiration from the city’s innovative restaurants and food markets, making your online learning experience even more relevant and exciting.

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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
Flexible learning

Attend Online Culinary School while Living in Atlanta and Gain the Same Skills as On-Campus Students

Atlanta-area residents can learn online with live classroom discussions and support from professional Chef Instructors. 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.

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
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.
Scholarships and Grants
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 Atlanta

Train in a professional kitchen with Escoffier’s online culinary arts programs while living in Atlanta

At Escoffier, studying online while living in Atlanta, GA provides you with the opportunity to participate in an externship in the city’s thriving food scene, providing valuable hands-on culinary experience. This externship can allow you to apply the skills learned online in an operational restaurant or related business, working alongside seasoned professionals.

  • 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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CHRIS MARHEVKAESCOFFIER CULINARY ARTS GRADUATE

“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.”*

Escoffier Chef Instructor Vicki Berger
VICKI BERGERESCOFFIER Hospitality & Restaurant Operations Management Instructor

“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.

Atlanta: The Heart of Indulgent Southern Comfort Food

Pursuing a culinary degree or diploma online while living in Atlanta could lead to an exciting career in a great city renowned for its thriving food scene.

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10 James Beard Award-Winning Chefs & Restaurants*

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Top Food CiTY in the U.S.A.*

*Best Food Cities in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report

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2 Forbes Travel Guide Ranked Restaurants*

Career Outlook

Explore Opportunities in Atlanta’s Dynamic Culinary Scene

Attending culinary school online while living in Atlanta can be a great way to prepare for the city’s thriving culinary job market. Our comprehensive curriculum covers both traditional and contemporary techniques, equipping students with the skills to excel in the city’s diverse food scene.

With a focus on hands-on learning and industry-relevant training, graduates could be well-positioned to pursue careers in various culinary establishments. The dynamic Atlanta job market offers opportunities in settings ranging from upscale dining to casual eateries and specialty food shops, making it an ideal place to start a culinary career.

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The Atlanta culinary scene is rapidly expanding, with more than 150 new restaurants and bars expected to open between 2023 and 2024.*

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Culinary School in Atlanta

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

Registering for online culinary school when you live in Atlanta takes approximately 10 minutes to complete on Escoffier’s convenient online platform. For a detailed overview of the enrollment process, check out our guide, “How You Can Get into Culinary School,” or you can contact the Admissions Department for personal assistance.

Applications are accepted year-round. When applying, you’ll need to provide:

  • Your location and demographic details
  • Emergency contact information
  • Your program of interest
  • Proof of graduation
  • A valid driver’s license, passport, or photo ID
  • After completing your application, you will be prompted to review and submit it with a $25 application fee, followed by receiving an enrollment agreement packet through DocuSign.

Once your application is processed, a member of our Admissions Team will contact you to discuss the next steps. This is also a good opportunity to consult with the Student Finance Department to explore various financing options. Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify, and it can help many students fund their education.

Do I need a GED or high school diploma to enroll in Escoffier’s online culinary school while living in Atlanta?

Yes, to enroll in online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Atlanta, you must provide proof of high school completion or its equivalent before your intended 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

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

No, SAT scores are not required to attend online culinary school at Escoffier while living in Atlanta.

What GPA do I need to attend Escoffier’s online culinary school while living in Atlanta?

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

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

See the costs for all programs for students in Atlanta. Financial aid is also 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.

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

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

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.

Specifically, 59% of new Boulder students received financial assistance in the 2022-23 academic year, according to data from College Navigator at the National Center for Education Statistics.

Additionally, 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 Atlanta, Georgia?

The online Diploma Program in Culinary Arts and Operations consists of 59 quarter credits and is designed to be completed in 890 clock hours across 60 weeks. In contrast, the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts includes 90 quarter credits and typically requires 1,340 clock hours to complete over 60 weeks.* The duration may vary depending on the specific diploma program you have completed previously.

For further details 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 Atlanta?

Escoffier is accredited in Atlanta! Escoffier stands out as one of the only U.S.-accredited institutions that offer completely online degrees, featuring culinary classes and real-world 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, it is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Division of Private Occupational Schools. The Boulder campus is also authorized by the CDHE to engage in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

This accreditation was achieved through careful curriculum development and the recruitment of faculty that supports online learning. This is particularly important for Escoffier’s culinary arts programs, which are offered entirely online and supplemented by an in-person industry externship.

Is a culinary school considered a trade school in Atlanta?

Yes, at Escoffier, we believe that “culinary trade school” accurately describes our skills-focused programs.

It’s important to note that not all colleges, universities, or trade and technical schools are accredited. However, Escoffier’s Boulder campus, which offers its online programs, is an accredited institution authorized to grant degrees and diplomas.

Many students are attracted to the trade school model because it often allows for quicker program completion than many traditional colleges. This enables graduates to enter the workforce sooner, equipped with specialized industry knowledge.

Learn more about whether a 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).

Do I need to be a Georgia resident to attend online culinary school at Escoffier from Atlanta?

No, you do not need to be a resident of Georgia to attend Escoffier’s online culinary school from Atlanta. Escoffier’s online culinary arts programs are completed entirely online, except for a hands-on industry externship. This allows students to take classes and earn a degree from almost anywhere in the world.

What culinary job opportunities are available in Atlanta?

The Atlanta culinary scene is rapidly expanding, with more than 150 new restaurants and bars expected to open between 2023 and 2024.

For graduates with a culinary arts degree in Atlanta, job opportunities are influenced by the city’s diverse and dynamic culinary scene. Here are some potential job opportunities in Atlanta:

Chefs and Kitchen Staff: Downtown Atlanta offers a robust job market with over 300 restaurants. This area is ideal for chefs and kitchen staff who excel in high-energy environments and are eager to demonstrate their culinary skills in a variety of dining establishments.

Pastry Chefs: Specialty bakeries and cafes, particularly those focusing on artisan and high-quality baked goods, often look for creative pastry chefs. Atlanta’s thriving café scene is a great platform for pastry chefs to showcase their skills.

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

Food and Beverage Managers in Hotels: A major hub for tourism, Atlanta has numerous luxury hotels that require experienced food and beverage managers 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 Atlanta?

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

Culinary Education: Escoffier’s Online Culinary Arts program can offer a comprehensive understanding of culinary techniques and kitchen management. This program helps you learn essential skills and further your education from anywhere, potentially setting you up for future opportunities in the culinary field. It also includes an in-person industry externship, which can be invaluable for gaining practical experience as a chef.

Gain Local Experience: It’s important to complement your online studies by gaining hands-on experience in Atlanta’s diverse culinary scene. Atlanta offers a plethora of restaurants ranging from Southern comfort food spots to high-end 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: Initially working as a line cook or prep cook in Atlanta’s restaurants can help solidify your basic skills and expose you to the real-world pressures and demands of a professional kitchen. This experience is crucial for building a career in culinary arts.

Network in Atlanta: Leveraging Atlanta’s expansive culinary scene for networking can significantly enhance your career prospects. This can be done by engaging in local food festivals, culinary competitions, and industry conferences that the city frequently hosts. Additionally, joining professional associations such as the American Culinary Federation’s Atlanta 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 Atlanta. For a detailed guide on how you can pursue this career, check out our Essential Guide to Becoming a Chef.

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

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in the United States, the median salary for chefs and head cooks in Atlanta is approximately $58,240 per year as of May 2023.

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

When choosing between the Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations and the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts at Escoffier, it’s important to understand that neither degree is inherently better or worse for securing a high-paying job in the culinary field. The key to choosing the right program depends on your career goals, the depth of education you seek, and the specific culinary skills you wish to explore.

Diploma in Culinary Arts and Operations: This program focuses on the foundational skills needed to start working in a professional kitchen. It covers essential cooking techniques and basic management skills, and it usually takes less time to complete than an associate degree. This diploma might be the right choice if you’re looking to enter the workforce quickly and start gaining practical experience in the culinary field.

Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts: This degree offers a more expansive curriculum that includes both culinary skills and a broader education in culinary arts management. Along with courses on culinary techniques, it includes courses on restaurant operations, foodservice accounting, and business communications. These courses can be especially helpful for those who are considering management positions or eventually running their own culinary business.

In terms of securing high-paying jobs, both programs provide valuable education and training. The more important factors often include how you leverage networking opportunities in Atlanta’s culinary scene, your personal drive, and how you apply your skills in real-world settings. Additionally, gaining experience through externships and ongoing professional development can be crucial, regardless of the degree you choose.

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

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

Counseling and tools from the Career Services team can help students achieve their career goals and find employers that fit their professional preferences.

Students at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts receives Career Services support throughout their academic journey and beyond, extending into their post-graduation endeavors.

Is Escoffier the best culinary school in Atlanta?

Escoffier has been recognized by Niche as one of the best colleges for culinary arts in America.

Our school is renowned for its skilled Chef Instructors, comprehensive curriculum, and dedication to sustainable and farm-to-table practices. The curriculum spans a broad spectrum of subjects, including fundamental cooking techniques, foodservice management, business skills, and a variety of culinary concepts.

Additionally, our programs include hands-on industry externships that can offer essential practical experience in a professional kitchen environment.

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’re exploring a career in culinary arts in Atlanta, online culinary school at Escoffier can be an excellent educational choice.

Discover more about what sets our school apart by reading our article on what you need to know about culinary school at Escoffier.

To learn more about what sets our school apart, read our article on what you need to know about culinary school at Escoffier.

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