Pros: Affordable. Online. Excellent chef mentors just a phone call away.
Cons: Home kitchen experience will not equal professional restaurant kitchen experience.
I enrolled with Escoffier Online several months ago after looking at two culinary schools (one at a community college), both of which were a 35 to 40 minute drive away. As someone working full-time in a job that doesn't always have a reliable schedule, plus a spouse working full-time and a family, I have found Escoffier Online to be a worthwhile option. I have had a great experience so far. Would I have rather went to a brick & mortar culinary school? Of course, but the cost, distance and inflexible schedule made that an impossibility. I have had enjoyed the curriculum, and the at home cooking assessments. The chef mentors have been great to work with. I have learned a lot.
The only thing that I think Escoffier could do better, is to network with restaurants (even chain ones like Applebees or O'Charley's) to make it possible for students to gain real world professional kitchen experience. Or, offer some kind of week long intensive that would allow students to practice knife skills and working with real kitchen equipment.