Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Nob Hill, cable cars and picturesque street villages give San Francisco an inimitable charm. Tourists flock to the city in record numbers to sample unique seafoods like the city’s favorite cioppino, the classic seafood stew that includes the freshest fish and shellfish in a fusion of Italian and local cuisines. Chez Panisse’s trendy interpretations of culinary culture, the Haight-Ashbury’s classic appeal to counterculture and the Fillmore’s dedication to rock sensibilities make San Francisco the unsurpassed diva of modern culinary trends.
San Francisco’s proximity to vineyards and farms make its farmers markets and food sources some of the best in the world. Cooks and students visit local farms to inspect growing condition personally. Once the source of organic influence, many local farms skip the expensive certification process while still maintaining the basic goals of organic farming. Sustainability takes on a personal touch in this forward-thinking city, and entrepreneurs craft their own standards for superior food sourcing.
California Culinary Academy – Le Cordon Bleu Program
This academy focuses on the same fundamental cooking skills that Le Cordon Bleu offers in its Paris school, which originated culinary training over 100 years ago. Students work with commercial grade-tools and fine ingredients, learning the basic skills needed to create any style of cuisine. The Culinary Academy offers baking and pastry and culinary arts programs under the guidance of master chef instructors. San Francisco boasts world-class tourism and one of the world’s largest collections of celebrated restaurants where students can apply their skills after graduation.
Tuition expenses run less than many students expect, and they can complete their training quickly because the school concentrates on developing practical kitchen skills. Programs include:
– Certificate in Culinary Arts
– Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking
– Associate in Occupational Studies
The Art Institute of California – San Francisco
Students earn diplomas, certificates and associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry. Students develop their practical skills to enter professional positions. Argosy University schools offer programs that help students mature into superior culinary artists through hands-on cooking experiences, online classroom options and flexible schedules. Art Institute graduates get the skills to enter the dynamic culinary field in coveted positions.
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
America’s premier cooking school promotes an amazing synthesis of tourist destination, culinary equipment supplier, open teaching kitchen and artisan-food producer. Located in an amazing 19th-century building in Napa Valley wine country, the CIA at Greystone offers wine education programs, accelerated Culinary Arts and Wine and Beverage programs, and continuing-education classes for food service professionals. The Spice Islands Marketplace offers retail products for tourists in wine country, and the school brings a revolutionary approach to celebrity chef training. Graduates have opened world-famous restaurants, and courses include showcase studies in Latin American, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.
The Oleoteca® Villa Campestri offers premium olive oils harvested at their peak from neighboring groves and premium chocolates handcrafted from a single-source cacao crop. The Chocolate Laboratory creates amazing confections and Greystone Chocolates in an open-production facility. The CIA experience includes guided tastings, dining in the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant and Bakery Café and cooking demonstrations.
Students gain an educational experience unlike any other in the country at an historic and majestic property that resembles a European castle in the lush Napa Valley.
The San Francisco Cooking School
The latest addition to the cooking-school scene, the San Francisco Cooking School begins classes ion January of 2013, and Hayes Street Grill chef Catherine Pantsios will instruct an exclusive group of students in preparing food to Bay Area standards. This school offers a full-time, six-month instruction course that emphasizes cooking in the Cal-Med bistro style, taking advantage of trendy molecular elements of forward-trending fusions. Initially, classes will be limited to 14 students.
These privileged students have preferential access to celebrity food artisans, top restaurants, city food events and top organic suppliers. Externships take advantage of the outstanding area restaurants, so students gain valuable mentoring experiences that are unparalleled in the culinary landscape. The school also offers a part-time baking course.
Tante Marie’s Cooking School
The favorite aunt of cooking professionals, Tante Marie’s offers intimate classes, friendly kitchens and participation courses for professional culinary students and serious home cooks. Programs include cooking demonstrations, one-day workshops and a Culinary Course that examines the techniques of French cuisine and pastry preparation.