10 Reasons to Attend

The Culinary Institute is more than a cooking school; it is an accredited management program that combines the passion of the culinary arts with the skills needed to be a successful leader, restaurant manager, caterer, private chef and overall business entrepreneur, all at a reasonable cost. The program combines elements of artistry, business, and leadership skills that leading food service employers are looking for in employees.

  1. Affordability – 1/3 the cost of private institutions

    One of the most affordable culinary educations is well within your reach. The Culinary Institute is extremely affordable, especially when compared to the costs of private culinary schools. Financial aid is available to those who are eligible and meet financial aid deadlines.

  2. Small Student to Chef/Instructor Ratio

    Imagine a learning environment where an experienced chef instructor is right by your side, giving you the personalized attention you need to master culinary techniques. Small class sizes allow each and every student to get the hands-on, experiential learning needed for success in the industry. At The Culinary Institute , you start and finish the program with the same small co-hort of students, acquiring the essential teamwork skills you need in the workplace. Our small classes (typically no more than 18 students per lab class) enable you to learn better, faster and smarter.

  3. Versatility – Degree leads to more career opportunities

    So many more career doors open for someone who holds a degree in Restaurant Management with a culinary arts specialty compared to others who simply have a degree in culinary arts. You can apply your skills in a variety of industry settings such as restaurants, cruise lines, resorts/private clubs, corporate food service establishments, research & development, and many more.  Graduates from the Culinary Institute are prepared for both “front of the house” and “back of the house” positions. Click on our Job Outlook section for all the versatile culinary fields a Culinary Institute graduate can go into.

  4. Personal attention – personalized registration, guidance, and career planning

    We get to know you as an individual student in order to nurture your success while you are here and after you graduate. Our instructors are available during scheduled time outside of the classroom to assist and guide you with academics, support and career discussions. As a student in The Culinary Institute , you won’t have to wait to see a counselor to register for classes. The program’s Academic Coordinator provides exclusive advisement, registration, and educational counseling for all students enrolled in The Culinary Institute .

  5. Curriculum is leadership driven with strong emphasis on management and entrepreneurship

    Today’s food and beverage industry is a challenging career path and employers are looking for people to lead their kitchens and establishments, not just cook well. At The Culinary Institute, we pride ourselves on offering a program which not only focuses on the classical culinary training techniques, but also incorporates invaluable instruction in modern cuisine, leadership, management, and entrepreneurship.

  6. Hands-on training

    In your future food and beverage career, you may play the role of Sous chef, maitre d’, or restaurant manager just to name a few. Thanks to various events that The Culinary Institute hosts and participates in each year, students get many hands-on training opportunities as well as the unique opportunity to have their culinary creations savored by others.

  7. National certifications

    Think you have to graduate before you have something to put on your resume? At The Culinary Institute students start building their professional portfolios in their first semester enrolled in the program. The Sanitation and Safety class prepares students to sit for the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) ServSafe certification exam. This is a highly sought-after credential in the culinary industry and gives potential job applicants an edge on other applicants. In addition to the ServSafe certification, students can obtain certification in supervision and nutrition to apply for the (ACF’s) American Culinary Federations status as a certified cook upon graduation.

  8. Flexible internship and networking opportunities

    Most private culinary schools require students to complete a 3-month, unpaid internship in a culinary establishment before a student can graduate. We understand that today’s college student has many personal demands and responsibilities from family, work, financial obligations, etc., so our internship is designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. Once enrolled in The Culinary Institute, students can immediately start working on required internship hours and take the entire time enrolled in the program to complete – all while doing it at a place of employment so you’re getting paid simultaneously. Should students need to volunteer at local establishments to obtain internship hours, the networking and future employment opportunities that are created under such conditions are immeasurable.

  9. Academic support through the college’s Academic Support Center (ASC)

    Free tutoring services and assessments are available to enrolled students at all five of Indian River State College’s campuses through the Academic Support Centers (ASC). Assessments and assistance are conducted and provided in English, reading, math, and science, as well as support for daily assignments and specific assignments based on instructors’ referrals. Walk-ins are welcome during normal operating hours.

  10. Regionally accredited

    Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award  Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of IRSC.