Culinary Arts
 

It's the Way We Cook.

Technique. Ingredients. Passion. It's the way we cook and it’s the way you’ll cook as a culinary arts student at the Culinary Institute of St. Louis at Hickey College. As a culinary arts student, you’ll have 3 hours a day of hands-on kitchen instruction from our chef instructors.  Most days, you will be challenged to prepare a serving to be tasted and critiqued by an instructor, your fellow students, and even yourself.  We don’t do anything half-way, and neither will you.

Culinary Institute of St. Louis offers an 18-month specialized associate degree and a 12-month diploma option. Our culinary students graduate from both programs with an employer-ready package of cooking and business skills. 

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Historically, a chef had 100 pleats in his hat to signify the 100 ways he knew how to prepare eggs.

I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. 

-Jacques Pepin

 
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HIGHLIGHTS

Beginning in your first week as a culinary school student, you’ll be working shoulder to shoulder in the kitchen with your fellow culinary students—just like you would in a professional kitchen.


 

 

During the culinary arts program, you will:

  • Master culinary foundational skills, like proper knife techniques and proper seasoning
  • Gain a broad knowledge base of both classical and contemporary cooking methods and techniques
  • Understand the business side of the culinary industry, including menu development, cost control, and professionalism
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills through class buffets, served to other students
  • Express your culinary creativity through artful plating of your meals
  • Finish the associate degree program with an 8-week externship, designed to put your new skills to the test and help you make valuable industry contacts
 

CAREERS

By the end of Culinary Institute of St. Louis' diploma or degree program, you will have been exposed to a variety of cuisines, learned a variety of culinary techniques, and be ready for a variety of career options.

As a Culinary Institute of St. Louis graduate, you’ll have the support of our career services department to help you get started on the right culinary path for you. Career services are available to our graduates throughout their careers.

 

 

 

Culinary school graduates can:

  • Work for hospitality-related companies, including caterers, restaurants, and entertainment venues or even become a personal chef
  • Advance in the kitchen from food preparer, to cook, to sous chef, to executive chef
  • Follow your dream and open your own restaurant
  • Use your artistic side as a food stylist
 

CURRICULUM

Culinary Institute of St. Louis offers an 18-month associate degree and a 12-month diploma option. Our curriculum is intended to be hands-on and career focused, with most classes specific to your culinary development. You’ll spend 3 hours per day in hands-on kitchen instruction.

To read the course descriptions, download our school catalog.

 

 

Concentration Courses 

  • Commercial Kitchen Skills and Procedures 
  • Soups, Starches and Sauces 
  • Meat and Poultry Arts 
  • Fish and Shellfish Arts 
  • Breads, Cakes and Pastry Arts 
  • Garde Manger and Charcuterie* 
  • Safety, Sanitation and Kitchen Design 
  • Wines, Spirits and Beverages 
  • Computer Applications for Foodservice 
  • Dining Room Service and Management 
  • Purchasing and Storeroom Procedures 
  • Classical Cuisine
  • International Cuisine* 
  • Food and Beverage Management 
  • Culinary Externship* 

    *18-month Associate Degree Program Only 

     
 

COSTS

Associate Degree Program
TUITION (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017)
 
Tuition Per Semester*
Final half-semester of Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program
$6,960
$300
Culinary Arts Lab Fee (per semester) $250
ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017) 
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Residence Reservation Fee $75
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $2,610
HOUSING 
Residence Fees Per Semester $2,980

*Associate Degree Program is 4.5 semesters long

**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.

Diploma Program
TUITION (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017)
 
Tuition Per Semester* $6,960
Culinary Arts Lab Fee (per semester) $250
ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017) 
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Residence Reservation Fee $75
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $2,070
HOUSING 
Residence Fees Per Semester $2,980

*Diploma program is 3 semesters long

**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

Catalog

Potential applicants may find the following information at www.hickeycollege.edu/catalog.pdf: institutional accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.

Credit Transfer From Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student's program. Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Transfer Committee to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Hickey College. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other approved colleges provided the grades received for the courses were "C" or better. Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Hickey College. Because programs at Hickey College are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. Credit is not granted for advanced placement or experiential learning.

Credit Transfer to Another School

The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Hickey College are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Hickey College are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Hickey College nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. Hickey College will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program.