Which Culinary Schools Are in the Houston, TX Area?

Learn about culinary schools in the Houston, Texas, area. Get details about programs available and their requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

If you're interested in becoming a cook, baker, restaurant manager or other culinary arts professional, you'll find several Houston-area schools offering short-term training programs that can help you meet your career goals. Program options at three of these schools are profiled below.

What You Should Know

Culinary programs in and around Houston, TX, are typically offered through 2-year schools. You could complete a baking, pastry or cake decorating marketable skills program in just 1 semester. You might also earn a culinary arts or culinary management certificate, often choosing from a variety of specializations, in 1 to 1.5 years. Additionally, associate's degrees are available in culinary arts, baking & pastry and chef training. Practicums are offered in many programs for hands-on experience. Keep reading to find a school that fits your needs.

Culinary Marketable Skills Achievement Award Programs in Houston

Houston Community College - Central College

Houston Community College - Central College (HCC) offers a variety of culinary arts options, including marketable skills achievement awards (MSAs), which are groupings of courses that focus on a specific skill set. In any of these programs, you'll take a sanitation and safety course followed by courses specific to your specialization area, such as breads and dough, baking and cakes or pastries and desserts. These MSAs can be combined (with the addition of a few classes), if you plan to continue on to receive a certificate in baking and pastry arts.

  • Program Name: Marketable Skills Achievement Award
  • Specialization Areas: Baker, cake decorator, pastry cook
  • Program Length: 1 semester, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,632 per year for in-district students, $3,360 per year for in-state students, $3,756 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent or 18 years old with satisfactory placement test scores
  • Admission Requirements: Reading, writing and math placement exams, pre-enrollment session, orientation, meningitis vaccination
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 58,000 students (all undergraduate)

Culinary Certificate Programs in the Houston, Texas, Area

San Jacinto Community College

San Jacinto Community College (SJCC) offers culinary programs at both its North and Central campuses. The school has been accredited by the ACF and graduates can earn the title of Certified Culinarians. You can enroll in one or more of the several certificate programs to gain skills and knowledge in a particular area of food preparation or food management, such as baking, healthy cooking, pastries or food management. SJCC also offers an MSA in Pastry and Garde Manger.

  • Program Name: Certificate, Certificate of Technology, Occupational Certificate
  • Specialization Areas: Culinary arts, chef training, healthy cuisine, pastry chef, cook specialty, food specialty, baker specialty, restaurant food manager
  • Program Length: 1-1.5 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,408 per year for in-district students; $2,416 per year for in-state students; $3,688 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: English, math and writing placement testing (or qualifying SAT, ACT or TAKS scores), orientation, meningitis vaccine, advisor meeting (recommended)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 28,000 students (all undergraduate)

Alvin Community College

The certificate programs at Alvin College are designed to prepare you to either work in, or manage, food service operations. The CA program includes culinary arts coursework, such as baking fundamentals, regional cuisine and nutrition. It also includes hospitality management coursework, a computer class and a semester-long practicum. The CM program involves coursework in culinary management, such as food planning and production, food and beverage controls, sanitation, safety and human resources management.

  • Program Name: Certificate
  • Specialization Areas: Culinary arts (CA), culinary management (CM)
  • Program Length: 1 year, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,514 per year for in-district students, $2,594 per year for in-state students, $3,794 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Placement test, advisor appointment (for first time students), orientation, meningitis vaccine, uniform, knife set
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,000 students (all undergraduate)

Culinary Associate's Degree Programs in the Houston, Texas, Area

Houston Community College - Central College

HCC's associate's degree programs include broad, general education coursework, in areas such as math and science. Coursework in the culinary arts program includes classes in sauces, garde manger, plated desserts and advanced food preparation. In the baking and pastry program, you can take classes in chocolates and confections, breads, baking, pastries, laminated dough and wedding cakes. Both degree programs include coursework in topics such as purchasing, sanitation and food service operations. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a practicum course, working in a restaurant or bakery.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science
  • Specialization Areas: Culinary arts, baking and pastry
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,632 per year for in-district students, $3,360 per year for in-state students, $3,756 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Reading, writing and math placement exams, pre-enrollment session, orientation, meningitis vaccination
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 58,000 students (all undergraduate)

San Jacinto College

SJC offers several associate's degrees which contain core culinary curricula. Culinary arts coursework covers topics such as food preparation, the fundamentals of baking and garde manger. The pastry chef program focuses on cakes, baking and pastries. The chef-training program includes courses on food preparation, kitchen and restaurant management and food equipment and planning. In all programs, later terms focus on fulfilling general education requirements. Every program also requires you to complete a practicum experience in a food preparation setting coordinated by SJC and a local employer.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science
  • Specialization Areas: Culinary arts, chef training, pastry chef
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,408 per year for in-district students; $2,416 per year for in-state students; $3,688 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: English, math and writing placement testing (or qualifying SAT, ACT or TAKS scores), orientation, meningitis vaccine, advisor meeting (recommended)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 28,000 students (all undergraduate)

Alvin Community College

The associate's degree program at Alvin College seeks to prepare you to work in a variety of entry-level culinary jobs, and the school requires that you follow its program exactly during the first year. Initially, you'll take classes in food preparation, nutrition, sanitation and varying regional cuisines. You'll then move on to general education coursework, as well as classes that cover restaurant management and the production, planning and control of food and beverages. The program also includes 2 semesters of practicum coursework, allowing you to gain experience in a professional kitchen.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,514 per year for in-district students, $2,594 per year for in-state students, $3,794 per year for out-of-state students (as of 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Placement test, advisor appointment (for first time students), orientation, meningitis vaccine, uniform, knife set
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,000 students (all undergraduate)

There are several Houston-area schools that offer awards, certificates and associate's degree programs in culinary arts, many of which can prepare you for a career in two years or less.

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