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Arizona is home to the gila monster, saguaro cactus, red-rock canyons -- and host to a rich culinary tradition and trade schools that offer classical cooking education.

Arizona Culinary Schools

Arizona is home to the gila monster, saguaro cactus, red-rock canyons -- and host to a rich culinary tradition and trade schools that offer classical cooking education. Right here, in the middle of the desert, you can take your diploma in traditional baking and pastry or an associate's degree in culinary arts that qualifies you to work in the heart of Arizona's booming food service industry.

One vocational school in Phoenix, for example, offers a culinary curriculum steeped in classical French cuisine mixed right in with technical courses in American regional cuisine and Spanish language education. The school's baking and pastry diploma program can prepare students for vocational opportunities at four-star as well as family-run restaurants, hotel kitchens, and resort dining rooms.

Trade schools honor Arizona cuisine and wine

Today's Arizona cuisine is a unique, rich mixture of Native American foods, Mexican cooking, classical Continental menus, as well as the latest Tex-Mex, Fusion, and Southwest Neo-cuisine. And, more recently, Arizona vintners grow, sell, and serve award-winning varieties of Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

The state's vocational and culinary trade schools offer programs that prepare you to work as a well-informed wine steward and front-house manager. Southern Arizona and Sonora cuisine is based on hearty beef and red chile combinations -- foods typically integrated into the region's culinary trade school curriculum.

Arizona chefs are proud of their historical as well as contemporary menus. They share it with restaurateurs, culinary trade students, and the public annually at the Phoenix-based West of Western Culinary Festival, known the world over for its innovative cuisine.

Arizona culinary schools' vocational focus

Culinary trade school classes aim to get you up and cooking in no time. Grads from the baking and pastry diploma programs receive fundamental instruction leading to positions as production bakers, pastry cooks, and catering bakers. You'll master rudimentary vocational kitchen management, nutrition, sanitation, food safety, budgeting, and temperature control skills.

An Arizona-based associate degree program in applied sciences (culinary arts) offers trade-specific learning in kitchen management, culinary theory, food and beverage management, and classical French cuisine. As part of the vocational program, students participate in externships with Arizona restaurants or hotels.

If you've dreamt of a life-long vocation in the culinary arts, there are culinary schools right here in Arizona. You can contact them immediately by email and look over their curriculum. If you have a desire to get into culinary school and have not finished your high school degree, consider earning an online high school diploma to speed up the process.

Sources:

  1. West of Western Culinary Festival, http://www.foodreference.com/html/arizona-march-festivals.html
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