Cooking Classes in Austin
published on May 22, 2012
Julia Child helped make the Paris Le Cordon Bleu cooking school famous, and Austinites can learn their own kitchen skills at the Austin campus of Le Cordon Bleu, or choose from several other local culinary programs. Austin cooking schools cater to both chefs and home cooks, so whether you want to learn to serve a restaurant sized crowd or make a delicious meal for yourself, you can find the right class to take at one of the schools listed below:
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, not far from Lake Travis and Avery Ranch neighborhoods, combines classic culinary techniques with modern innovationsand the latest in global cuisine. At the Austin campus, students can develop a focused theoretical foundation and learn essential technical skills that can be applied to the finest in culinary traditions, methods, and industry-current technologies. Students in the Culinary Arts and Pâtisserie and Baking programs can learn everything from basic cooking and pastry skills to purchasing and cost control along with essential business know-how. The instructors in the culinary programs represent a broad spectrum of the food service industry, and provide students with hands-on, quality instruction that will translate into real world employment.
The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, close to Barton Creek neighborhoods, offers a plant-based culinary education, one of very few in the country. The Natural Epicurean offers a comprehensive professional chef training program that focuses on the theory and practice of meal planning for plant-based diets, training future chefs in the disciplines of macrobiotic, vegetarian, vegan, ayurvedic, and raw & living foods. Students are also trained to develop their skills so they may transcend these categories and make sound dietary decisions by preparing a wide range of delicious, health-supportive foods. In particular, the school emphasizes the preparation of locally-available, seasonal, natural foods to delight the senses and promote good health. Students are also trained in the business skills and ethics necessary to prepare them for rewarding culinary careers, and public classes are available for those wishing to learn to cook better for themselves or their family.
The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes is America’s largest system of culinary programs offered at over 35 Art Institutes schools, including an Austin campus close to Falcon Pointe homes. The international culinary programs are designed to teach classical cuisines from the chefs who developed them – Escoffier, Carême, Verge, Bocuse, and others. Students explore the world of international cuisines and use ingredients and techniques from around the globe. In addition to international and American cuisines, the culinary arts programs give aspiring chefs the opportunity to delve into specialty areas like baking and pastry, garde manger, and à la carte. Students can prepare for entry-level positions like assistant baker, grillardin, line cook, pantry cook, or prep cook at places like caterers, resorts, hotels, and restaurants.
Silver Whisk is central Texas’ premiere and state of the art cooking school, located on Highway 620 not far from Lakeway, for everyday people looking to refine their skills in the home kitchen. All classes are 100% hands-on, interactive, and taught by accomplished chefs. The school also offers youth and family classes, private events, corporate events, and chef prepared meals and meal plans.
Many other places in Austin also offer one-time cooking classes for the novice to the skilled. Consider Whole Foods, Central Market, and UT Informal Classes for even more choices!
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