Following are some of the top culinary arts schools and colleges in America:

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) - Is is rated as one of the Top 10 culinary schools according to the CookingSchoolsCompared.com survey of the top rated cooking schools in North America (USA and Canada). The Culinary Institute of America holds an Absolute Charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents and is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill of Rights. The curricula are registered by the New York State Education Department.

California Culinary Academy - It has been providing high standards of culinary arts, pastry chef and personal chef training since 1977. Student will receive a comprehensive education in classic culinary techniques combined with modern innovations and the latest in global cuisine. They learn through demonstration by chef instructors followed by hands-on, practical application.

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) - Students can receive two culinary degrees in four years: an Associate in Science (AS) degree after the first two years and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree after the second two years. Within the traditional BS degree, candidates can concentrate in Baking & Pastry Arts, Beverage Service Management, Culinary Capstone Labs, Contemporary Pastry Arts, Sommelier, and Wellness & Sustainability.

New England Culinary Institute - NECI is one of the most highly regarded culinary arts schools in America. Programs of study include Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts; Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts degree; Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts degree; On-Line Bachelors Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management; etc. NECI graduates are the most sought after in the industry.

The French Culinary Institute - The FCI is situated in the heart of SoHo, one of the most popular and dynamic neighborhoods in New York. Students will be trained in a curriculum designed by some of the most famous chefs in the world.

Culinary Institute of Virginia -  In 1.5 years, a student can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts. Culinary Institute of Virginia is the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology.

Robert Morris University (RMU) - The Institute of Culinary Arts at RMU offers an accredited degree program that provides the skills and hands-on experience needed to succeed in any culinary field. Robert Morris University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Sullivan University - The University is home to the renowned National Center for Hospitality Studies, one of the leading Culinary Arts, Professional Catering, Baking & Pastry Arts, Hotel/Restaurant Management, and Hospitality Management programs in the country.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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