L’ecole Culinaire

If you are an aspiring career minded chef, you should consider L’Ecole Culinaire. L’Ecole Culinaire is a culinary college that offers many educational opportunities. L’Ecole has several campuses in the US. One campus is located in a gorgeous, western suburb of St. Louis, MO., and another is located in Kansas City, MO. A third campus is located in the middle of Memphis, TN.

The curriculum at L’Ecole Culinaire is designed to give students a well- rounded background in both the hospitality and food and beverage industry. The students spend 100% of their time in a chosen field. The curricular schedule is made up of a ten week phase and not the traditional college semesters and quarters. Each phase focuses on one major cooking course.

Diploma in Culinary Fundamentals


L’Ecole offers a Diploma in Culinary Fundamentals. This diploma is earned after a forty week program that prepares you for the essential tasks in the food service industry. At L’Ecole you begin with hands-on kitchen training from the first day of class. You will learn skills needed for entry-level employment positions such as station chef, short-order cook or institutional cook. The total of tuition and fees for the forty week program is $19,900. The cost for books and supplies needed for the program is $2,200. In 2013 year, 100% of the students finished this program. 100% got jobs too.

Restaurant Management Degree

L’Ecole also offers a Culinary and Restaurant Management Associate of Occupational Studies Degree. In this seventy week program, you will be trained in all the areas offered in the Diploma in Culinary Fundamentals program. This associate degree will also focus on the knowledge needed and the development of skills for restaurant business management and administration. It will give you proper training in marketing, food safety, customer service, legalities and leadership. The total tuition and fees for the associate degree program is $33,700, and the cost of books and supplies is $3,600. In the 2012-2013 year, ten students finished this program. Student graduates of this program may earn a salary of $76,380.

Further Information

L’Ecole offers an online companion as a supplement to classes. The online companion provides announcements for students, opportunities to submit homework, chat sessions to join, and an opportunity to view grades.

L’Ecole is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Gateway Gourmet states that L’Ecole is a leader in culinary arts training. American School Search and Best Culinary Colleges.com both gave L’Ecole an overall rating of three out of five stars.

Other Locations

  • Missouri 310 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
  • Tennessee 1245 N Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN