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The 10 Best Culinary Schools in America


In partnership with Voss Water, The Daily Meal ranks the best professional cooking schools in America

Every aspiring chef wants the best education possible to, of course, become the best chef possible

Working in a restaurant is simply nothing like cooking at home for friends and family, and for even the most passionate of cooks, a life in a professional kitchen may not be the right choice. Many don’t realize or understand the extraordinary dedication, time, and hard work it takes to become a real cook — let alone a real chef.

Consider these 10 things before applying to culinary school, and if you still dare to submit yourself to the intensity of the culinary industry — or if you are burning with a passion that simply cannot be extinguished — getting the right education is key.

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Every aspiring chef wants the best education possible to, of course, become the best chef possible. There are numerous educational options available to young future chefs, but where do you start? Which schools are the best?

For the answer, The Daily Meal teamed up with Voss Water to present the 10 best culinary schools in America.

Facilities and instructors, degree programs, reputation and notable alumni, the length of study, and finally, the cost of tuition were all evaluated in the ranking process.

Although many schools offer pastry programs, bachelor’s degrees, and hospitality management courses, for comparison purposes — specifically in regard to cost and length of study — associate and certificate degree programs were primarily appraised.

So if you imagine yourself to be the next Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, or Daniela Soto-Innes, start with this list and choose the right school for you.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.


Our top 10 American recipes for 4th July

Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.