1900 Yorktown St. – Houston, TX 77056
Start your culinary school education in Houston, Texas
Houston, with its multicultural, international population, is an ideal place to start your culinary career. It is the largest city in Texas, with a population of over 2 million. If you ever thought about going to cooking school in Texas, you’ll want to learn more about The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston.
Why Choose The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston?
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston trains you in culinary arts as well as restaurant & catering management. The school was founded in 1965 but joined The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes schools in 1978. In 1990, they moved to its current location at 1900 Yorktown in the Galleria area.
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston occupies 76,000 square feet with state of the art classrooms, three teaching kitchens, a bakery and an al la carte kitchen. The school also runs its own restaurant, Courses and deli called Grab-N-Go run by the aspiring chef students under the watchful eye of the chef instructors.
Programs of Study
Associate of Applied Science and Diploma in Culinary Arts: This degree program builds on the material covered in the certificate course and through experienced instruction gives the student a foundation in hand and knife skills as well as a more in-depth study of baking and pastry preparation. The student will also learn about pantry cooking, American and international cuisines.
There is a focus on the development of presentation, teamwork, and time management skills. Instructors will also give an advanced course in food preparation that will also you to create delicious dishes from even the most basic ingredients. Graduates from this program will be able to join the food service industry in entry-level positions such as line cook, prep cook and first cook in food service facilities such as hotels the world over.
Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts Management: This program is geared to give the student the necessary skills to enter the business end of culinary arts. Students of this program will be given a foundation in such skill areas as personnel management, accounting, financial management, cost control and facility design.
This rigorous program led by seasoned instructors will prepare its graduates to enter the food service industry in entry-level positions such as restaurant manager and catering manager in such facilities as hotels the world over.
Associate of Applied Science and Diploma in Baking & Pastry: If you want to learn how to make assorted desserts from custards to cakes, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston Culinary Arts diploma program is what you want to look at. Here you will be trained by professional bakers the techniques to create pastries, frozen desserts, meringues, chocolate as well as artisan bread.
Baking & Pastry making is a demanding part of the culinary industry you will have an opportunity to develop the creative expressions necessary to compete in this field. Besides learning techniques, you will be trained to use the professional equipment that goes with the territory.
Combining a combination of lecture and hands on instruction, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills you need to go out and find an entry level job in pastry arts.
Associate of Applied Science in Restaurant & Catering Management: With an emphasis on food service management skills, your focus will be human resources, accounting, finance, technology, leadership and communications. If you are interested in managing a restaurant or catering company, this may be a good program for you.
Bachelor of Science in Food & Beverage Management: This 12-quarter program prepares students for employment in food and beverage management in restaurants, hotels, resorts, casinos, cruise ships and more. Courses offered in this program range from catering and event management to introduction to culinary skills to viticulture and vinification.
This diverse and popular program is great for students looking to become managers of bars, wineries, gourmet boutiques, supermarkets and other businesses with food and beverage services.
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management: This 12-quarter program prepares students for entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry in venues such as restaurants, catering companies, hotels and more.
The program will focus on these key areas: professionalism, communication, problem solving and critical thinking, management and finance, and context. At the end of the program, students create a career portfolio.
Read, Read and Read Some MoreOne of the best suggestions I have for anyone thinking of going to culinary school or just getting into the restaurant industry is to read everything you can get your hands on. Learn from professional chefs who have worked in the industry and those who have taught in culinary schools.
There are many great books available to get you started in your culinary education and I suggest you read as much as possible before making that big decision to make sure this is the right move for you. Below is just a sample of books you might be interested in checking out.
For a much more comprehensive list of books for aspiring culinary, baking and restaurant management students, I suggest checking out my post on books for future culinary students and chefs.
The City of Houston, Texas
Houston has always had a thriving economy. Initially it was a seaport and railroad center. It is still one of the largest ports in the world. After oil was discovered in 1901 it became and still is a petroleum production center. It has the worlds largest healthcare and medical research center, Texas Medical Center, and Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center leads the space and technology industry in the area.
Houston has scattered neighborhoods and business centers instead of a central business hub surrounded by suburbs. This enhances the diverse culture and helps a large city feels surprisingly neighborly and friendly. You’ll find plenty of parks and outdoor activities, lots of museums, visual and performance arts, and wonderful music of all kinds. It’s a great place to live, work and go to school.
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