Dallas, known for conservatism and oil millionaires, also hosts a vibrant culinary industry. Texas culinary students enjoy learning about Tex-Mex cuisine at the source—Mexicans began cooking fusions of Mexican cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, and the concept became enormously popular during the 1970s, spreading throughout the world. Texas also appreciates its chili and barbecue recipes with nearly religious fervor, so spicy foods and preparations that use classic barbecue smoking techniques and slow-cooking enjoy great popularity.
Culinary students can choose from professional and amateur cooking venues such as the Blissful Chef, Cake Carousel, Central Market Cooking School, Milestone Culinary Arts Center, the Art Institute of Dallas, Le Cordon Bleu, and Remington College.
1. Blissful Chef and Cake Carousel
These cooking schools offer classes in specialty areas such as healthy raw foods, vegetarian cuisines and healthier eating or baking and cake decorating for amateurs and professionals. The vibrant Dallas culinary scene provides some exciting catering opportunities, but these tend to cater to clients at the wealthy end of the economic spectrum. Major weddings and social events need spectacular cakes and special cuisines to accommodate discriminating guests.
2. Central Market Cooking School and Milestone Culinary Arts Center
These venues offer training in market-driven menus that dominate the culinary environment nationwide. Central Market Cooking School offers classes and wine workshops taught by celebrity chefs from all around the world. Take classes in making cookies or preparing game and fish.
Enjoy team-building exercises or view television shoots at SVM Productions, parent company of The Viking Cooking School and Milestone Culinary Arts Center.
- Over 77,000 students take courses or participate in team-building exercises.
- The cooking school offers programs designed for entertaining professionals, learning culinary basics, or three-hour workshops designed to teach specific skills.
- Enjoy classes that teach how to make spectacular desserts or festive holiday meals.
3. The Art Institute of Dallas
The Art Institute of Dallas offers certificate, associate and bachelor’s degrees. The school offers local contacts in the culinary scene in thriving Dallas, and students graduate with the skills needed to land a successful position locally or nationally.
- Culinary Arts
- Baking and pastry
- Culinary Arts
- Baking and pastry
- Culinary Management
4. Le Cordon Bleu
Students at world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu learn basic restaurant and catering skills, pastry skills and the important business side of culinary careers—purchasing and portion control. Chef instructors offer hands-on training to master the classic French culinary stations and make adjustments for modern cuisines.
5. Remington College Culinary Program
Remington College offers a strong culinary education with professional instruction, practical experience and fully equipped labs for learning culinary science. Students work in a commercial kitchen with all the tools and appliances for mastering modern culinary best practices.
The Curriculum includes culinary and general education courses such as Kitchen Essentials, Food Service Nutrition and Introduction to Bakeshop.
The Culinary Scene Explodes with Market-driven Menus
Renowned for beef, Texans also appreciate game treatments in upscale restaurants. Texans eat out frequently, and Dallas has more restaurants per person than New York City. Dallas has experienced explosive growth upscale New American Cuisine at restaurants like New American, contemporary french menu at Bijoux and the famous Mansion on Turtle Creek. Market-driven menus offer sustainable cheese from Ellum’s Mozzarella Company and artisan breads baked at Empire Bakery.
Dallas forms a true melting pot of vegetarian cuisines, classic love affairs with beef, Tex-Mex fusions and classic chili and barbecue recipes. Dallas culinary students and staff enjoy upscale shopping, local sports teams and superior parks and recreational opportunities.