Located in Baton Rouge since 2003, Louisiana Culinary Institute offers leisure classes to the public as well as an accredited Associate in Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts. Prospective students must have a high school diploma in order to apply, but the program is also well-suited for college graduates.
This degree is earned over a 16 month period during which students must choose to pursue the Advanced Culinary Arts (Savory) Concentration or the Advanced Baking and Pastry Concentration. The Advanced Culinary Arts Concentration classes are scheduled on Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:45pm, and the Advanced Baking and Pastry Concentration classes are scheduled on Monday-Thursday from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. The curriculum within each concentration is designed to prepare future chefs for all aspects of the the food industry. Classes include Food Safety & Sanitation, Nutrition, Professional Cooking, Restaurant Management, and many more unique subjects, such as Cake Methodology, Cajun and Creole Cuisine, and Wine Fundamentals. In total, this degree costs $34,075, which does cover all necessary lab, equipment, and book fees. Financial aid, financial plans, and scholarships are available upon inquiry and qualifications.
Staff and Student Body:
There are currently 12 highly-experienced faculty chef and pastry instructors at LCI. As of last year, there were 140 full-time students enrolled, maintaining a 15 to 1 student instructor ratio. 79% of these students were Louisiana residents while 21% were out of state. LCI is housed within a 40,000 square foot facility with several demonstration and baking labs, a restaurant grade kitchen, and high quality cooking equipment. No room or board is available to students.
Sharing the city with Louisiana State University provides many unique opportunities to cater for events and get positive public exposure. During their at time LCI, students are also encouraged to hone their skills by participating in culinary competitions within the school, such as The Home Plate Classic Competition where teams must create create a dish from a mystery basket of ingredients. LCI is also well-known for wining many competitions that are offered within the food-conscience community of Baton Rouge.
In 2011, LCI was ranked 5th in Chef 2 Chef’s “10 Best Culinary Schools.” 3 LCI graduates were recently nominated for Best Chefs America in 2013, and many other graduates have gone on to start their own successful restaurants. Students leave thoroughly prepared for their cooking career.