St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis Community College Culinary Arts Program is 15th in Nation

St. Louis, MO/October 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Hungry St. Louisans already know this is a great culinary city.  The chefs, restaurants, and food vendors in the Gateway City offer something for every appetite.  So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that St. Louis is also home to one of the best culinary training centers in the nation.  According to, which develops rankings of trade schools, colleges, and universities, the culinary programs at the St. Louis Community College are among the top 30 in the United States. just released their updated list “The 30 Best Culinary Schools.”  St. Louis Community College ranked at 15th in the nation.  The article cited the school’s high quality of education and career training coupled with its low cost, even for out-of-state students, as elements that make it “an affordable, attractive option.”  Editors also praised SLCC’s Career and Employment Services offices on each campus as helpful with career placement and advancement, through resume and cover letter assistance, networking, and more.

SLCC offers two culinary degree programs including an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, and an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts.  They also offer a Certificate of Specialization in Food and Beverage Management.  All of the culinary programs at St. Louis Community College are accredited by ACF (American Culinary Federation). SLCC itself is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  More information about Culinary Arts at St. Louis Community College is available online:

According to, this ranking of culinary arts schools is based on the quality of the program(s) offered, the types of courses provided, the strength of the faculty, school awards, other rankings, and the program’s reputation.  In updating their rankings this time around, they weighed general culinary excellence and gave additional consideration for cost and degree offerings through the schools and/or their partnerships with universities.

St. Louis Community College was the only culinary arts program in Missouri to make the top 30.  The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park took top honors.  Here is the complete list in order of ranking by

1. Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park (Hyde Park, NY)
2. Institute of Culinary Education (New York, NY)
2. International Culinary Center (New York, NY)
4. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Austin, TX)
5. L’Academie de Cuisine (Gaithersburg, MD)
6. Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI)
7. Metropolitan Community College Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
8. Kendall College of Culinary Arts (Chicago, IL)
9. New England Culinary Institute (Montpelier, VT)
10. Sullivan University National Center for Hospitality Studies (Louisville, KY)
11. The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA)
12. Culinary Studies Institute at Oakland Community College (Farmington Hills, MI)
13. San Diego Culinary Institute (San Diego, CA)
14. Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (Philadelphia, PA)
15. St. Louis Community College (Saint Louis, MO)
16. The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
17. Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
18. Secchia Institute for Culinary Ed. at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI)
19. Pierpont Community and Technical College (Fairmont, WV)
20. The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY)
21. College of Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas, NV)
22. Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
23. Hudson County Community College (Jersey City, NJ)
24. Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AK)
25. Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
26. Anne Arundel Community College–Hotel, Culinary Arts, & Tourism Inst. (Glen Burnie, MD)
27. Delgado Community College (New Orleans, LA)
28. Boston University Metropolitan College (Boston, MA)
29. The French Pastry School at Kennedy–King College (Chicago, Illinois)
30. Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI)

The editors also offered Honorable Mentions to two schools: The Culinary Institute of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) and San Francisco Cooking School (San Francisco, CA).


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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