Which Illinois Schools Offer Cooking Classes?

Find out which Illinois schools offer cooking classes. See requirements and school information, and learn about admissions and costs for a cooking education in Illinois. Schools offering Art of Cooking degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Whether you are searching for a specific cooking course or an entire certificate or degree program, you have many options in Illinois. Schools offer programs that include general cooking techniques and food preparation, in addition to other hospitality, management and business coursework.

What You Need to Know

Cooking classes available in Illinois can range from adult enrichment offerings to courses within associate's degree programs and can be found at both 2- and 4-year schools. You might enjoy a variety of cooking classes that last from 1 day to several weeks and teach targeted skills. You could also earn a culinary arts certificate in approximately 3-4 semesters, in which you could learn basic cooking and baking skills, in addition to a variety of international cooking techniques. You might also pursue an associate's degree in culinary arts, where internship and study abroad options are available in some cases. General education courses are also required in associate's degree programs. Explore the following options to read more details about cooking classes and programs in Illinois.

Adult Enrichment Programs in Illinois

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage offers a variety of adult education cooking classes that change every semester. Course topics may include chocolate delicacies, Chinese cuisines, Italian gourmet food, French food and wine, wine tasting, baking, basic cooking skills, intermediate cooking skills, bartending skills and more. Because each class is unique, you will have to check the college's catalog to see specific tuition fees and course length.

  • Program Name: Adult Enrichment Program
  • Program Length: Varies for each class
  • Tuition and Fees: Varies by class
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; open enrollment
  • Requirements: 18 years of age for open enrollment, 21 years of age for classes that include alcohol
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 29,500 undergraduate students

Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College's programs provide adults with the opportunity to participate in cooking workshops, demonstrations, day trips and special events. ICC offers a variety of courses that range from bread baking and pie making to gluten- and dairy-free cooking to Mediterranean food (and more) at its Dogwood Hall kitchen. Prices vary depending on the course.

  • Program Name: Adult Community Programs
  • Program Length: Usually one day
  • Tuition: Varies by program
  • Requirements: 18 years of age
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,300 undergraduate students

Certificate Programs in Illinois

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage offers a certificate program in which you will learn how to prepare food, understand nutrition and adhere to sanitation standards. This program includes courses like international cuisine, baking, patisserie, beverage service, nutrition and hospitality. In addition to tuition fees, you would also need to purchase a uniform for cooking labs. A uniform consists of closed-toe black shoes, an apron, skullcap, black/white checked pants, neckerchief, chef coat and a pocket thermometer.

  • Program Name: Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Program Length: 46 credits
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,275 per year for in-district IL residents, $10,885 per year for out-of-district IL residents, $12,985 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; open enrollment
  • Requirements: 18 years of age for open enrollment, food class uniform
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 29,500 undergraduate students

Illinois Central College

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation is partnered with Illinois Central College's certificate program in culinary arts. This certificate of completion program can prepare you for working in a restaurant, cafeteria and catering setting. The certificate program includes cooking courses like baking, garde manger, beverage management, nutrition and more. You must also complete at least nine credits of liberal arts courses, such as composition, hospitality and mathematics.

  • Program Name: Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Program Length: 3 semesters (37 credit hours)
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,050 per year for in-district IL residents, $8,700 per year for out-of-district IL residents, $10,050 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Academic placement test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 10,300 undergraduate students

Cooking Associate's Degree Programs in Illinois

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage's associate's degree program can help prepare you for work in the field of hospitality. This program may also help you jumpstart your own food business or work in a restaurant. The associate's degree program provides coursework in food preparation, food purchasing and the hospitality industry. In addition to these vocation-specific courses, the curriculum includes general education courses like communication, mathematics, sciences, humanities and social sciences.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Program Length: 64-68 credits
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,275 per year for in-district IL residents, $10,885 per year for out-of-district IL residents, $12,985 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; open enrollment
  • Requirements: 18 years of age for open enrollment, food lab uniform
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 29,500 undergraduate students

Robert Morris University Illinois

Robert Morris University Illinois offers an associate's degree program in which you can receive a formal education, a culinary internship and on-the-job training. The college also offers an opportunity for students to study culinary arts in Italy and at the school's own restaurant. The program splits up into cooking courses and general education courses. You can also study specialized demonstration topics such as ice carving, fabricating lamb and Italian cuisine. The program covers how to prepare food according to sanitation laws and codes, as well as how to design menus and manage the costs of food production.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Program Length: 93 quarter hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $25,200 per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; standardized test scores
  • School Type: 4-year, private nonprofit; nearly 2,800 undergraduate and 400 graduate students

Adult education programs and certificate programs can be found at the College of DuPage and Illinois Central College and degree programs can be found at the College of DuPage and Robert Morris University Illinois.

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