Top 10 culinary schools in the world

Updated April 17, 2017

With so many different cooking styles and continental foods, the study of cuisine and the culinary arts is a worldwide tradition. Famous celebrity chefs, such as Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay, have studied at technical colleges and cooking schools and are both now famous brand and restaurant owners. By looking overseas for culinary learning, you may find the next step in moving into gastronomical success and acclaim.

Lenôtre: France

Lenôtre University is one the most prestigious and respected culinary schools in Europe and was founded in 1971 by Gaston Lenôtre. The university prides itself on teaching classic culinary tradition alongside new and modern techniques. They have "respect for produce, passion for one's work, rigour, desire and commitment--- these are the values of the Ecole Lenôtre."

Ecole Lenôtre

40, rue Pierre Curie---B.P. 6

78375 PLAISIR Cedex



New England Culinary Institute (NECI): United States

The NECI prides itself on pure one-to-one training as students have the opportunity to cook alongside some of the world's most experienced chefs. What makes the Institute particularly renowned is that the students are expected to learn in the actual restaurant; cooking dishes for real customers and clientele.

New England Culinary Institute

56 College St.

Montpelier, VT 05602


Hattori Nutrition College: Japan

Hattori Nutrition College is led by Yukio Hattori, who is best known for his role on Japan's popular television program Iron Chef. Interestingly, students at the college have the incredible opportunity to assist competitors of the show in creating their culinary masterpieces on television.

Hattori Nutrition College

5-25-4 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku,




Le Cordon Bleu: France

Le Cordon Bleu is actually more of a network of institutions rather than just one. The gastronomy college teaches not only French culinary technique but also restaurant and hospitality management. The teaching staff is made up of Master Chefs, and every student gains an insight into the culinary world through a world-famous, hands-on teaching syllabus.

Le Cordon Bleu: Paris

8 Rue Léon Delhomme

75015 Paris, France


Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School: Australia

Savour is a specialist culinary school that focuses on the creation of pastries and chocolates and is led by award-winning chefs Kirsten Tibballs and Paul Kennedy. The school even imports internationally-famous Callebaut chocolate from Belgium for use in their lessons.

Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School

22 Wilson Ave.

Brunswick, VIC, 3056



The French Culinary Institute (FCI): United States

The FCI is based in New York City and blends classic French cuisine with traditional American cooking. Master Chefs such as Alain Sailhac, Jacques Pépin, André Soltner and Jacques Torres currently teach there and famous graduates include Bobby Flay. The school also has a trademarked curriculum named Total Immersion: an intense, six-month hands-on teaching experience.

French Culinary Institute (FCI)

462 Broadway

New York, NY 10013


Academia Barilla: Italy

More of a centre than a college or school, the Academia Barilla is located in Parma and houses cutting-edge facilities for the study and appreciation of Italian cuisine. There is a 100-seat auditorium on the 27,000-sq. ft. site and even a gastronomic library that houses 6,500 books and 4,750 historic menus.

Academia Barilla

Largo Piero Calamandrei, 3/A

(c/o Barilla Center)

43121 Parma, Italy


Tante Marie Cooking School: England

Run by the Gordon Ramsay group, Tante Marie has a maximum student size of 10 people per class and prides itself on sourcing some of the freshest and most local produce that the U.K. has to offer. Gordon Ramsay says that "with the most amazing teaching staff, Tante Marie is the ultimate launch pad for a career in cooking."

Tante Marie School of Cookery Limited

Woodham House

Carlton Rd.


Surrey GU21 4HF



The Culinary Institute of America: United States

Named by Paul Bocuse as "the best culinary school in the world," the Culinary Institute of America is based in New York and offers two professional programs: Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. The Institute is particularly proud of the fact it offers more teaching time per course (1,300 hours) than any other culinary school.

The Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY Campus

1946 Campus Dr.

Hyde Park, NY 12538


The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

St. Helena, CA Campus

2555 Main St.

St. Helena, CA 94574


Superior Center of Hospitality and Tourism: Spain

Based in Valencia, the EHTV (Escuela de Hostelería y Turismo de Valencia) is a professional body that offers hospitality training services in various fields including cuisine. The centre is also accredited by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and their restaurants include Ben Fet, Phileas Fog and La Sidrería del Carmen.

Correjería, 28º

46001 Valencia



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