San Antonio obviously celebrates the rising influence of Tex-Mex cuisine in world culinary circles, but an increasing number of talented chefs have caused the city to attract adventurous gastronomes who seek to sample the latest food trends. San Antonio chefs capture national awards and praise for adventurous choices, diversified cuisines and mobile-vending gourmet options.
The River Walk and Southtown Fuel Avant Garde Cuisines
The city offers eclectic food fusions, artsy neighborhoods, elegant river cruises and dozens of bistros, cafés and restaurants along the San Antonio River. The world-famous River Walk attracts millions of tourists, and the city draws more visitors than any city in Texas. The Pearl Brewery complex features great restaurant choices, a popular Farmers Market and a vibrant cooking school that operates its own Bakery Café.
The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
The Culinary Institute of America, a trusted cooking school that has operated since 1946, offers study opportunities for culinary arts degrees in San Antonio at the popular Pearl Brewery complex. Set along the vibrant San Antonio River, the school offers modern kitchens and real-world training among welcoming communities of instructors, tourists and food enthusiasts. Graduates of the school work locally at top restaurants and tourists destinations, and many of the school’s graduates have made their marks on the world’s culinary stage. Famous graduates include Cat Cora, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Chiarello, Sara Moulton and Roy Yamaguchi.
Students operate the Bakery Café to showcase their baking and culinary skills, and students can find externships among more than 1,200 affiliated food service venues around the world. Financial aid packages include the El Sueño Scholarship, federal student aid and special $1,000 first-year scholarships for students referred by CIA graduates. The school offers the following professional and amateur degree and certificate programs:
- Baking and Pastry Associate degree
- Baking and Pastry diploma
- Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management
- Culinary Arts Associate degree
- Culinary Arts diploma
- Restaurant and Catering Management
- Food and Beverage Management
- Latin Cuisines Certificate Program
- Food Enthusiast Program
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute’s San Antonio, Texas, Campus
This campus serves as an affiliate of The Art Institute of Houston, which offers a range of dynamic programs in food and beverage management, culinary arts and baking and pastry. The city famous for The Alamo makes a popular tourist destination, and the city has the second largest population of cities in the state. Degree programs focus on farm-to-table experiences that include emphasis on humane harvesting and organic produce. Students can take classes during the evenings and weekends to fit their work and personal schedules more efficiently. Programs include the following courses and classes:
- Baking and Pastry Arts
- General Culinary
- Culinary Management
- Restaurant Management
- Hospitality Management
Central Market Cooking School
This school offers specialty classes for amateurs and professionals to refine their skills. Classes include demonstrations, hands-on instruction, basic skills and developing better wine-appreciation and pairing skills. Students can choose from day or evening classes, and specialty classes for children are available. Adult classes require that students be 18 years of age or 21 years for wine-tasting classes.
St. Philip’s College
This popular community college, part of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, offers technical and academic programs that include associate degrees in the culinary arts. Texas students qualify for lower tuition costs and fees. The program meets American Culinary Federation accrediting standards, and the school partners with local businesses to offer internships to qualified students. Students learn critical thinking skills in addition to developing their culinary knowledge and skills.