I personally think that SCI is the better choice, but then again it is just me. The reason I think it is better is the fact that although it is a longer program, SCI is an actual degree, whereas Arizona Culinary Institute is only a certificate. I have a heard that ACI is a great school, it is run by former instructers and students from SCI. I have had a great experience at SCI, I just started the first class of my final block at school which is Advanced Operations. This past year I have learned not only an unbelievable amount of information about the industry and cooking, but also about myself and the decision that I have made to pursue a career in the culinary industry. Whatever choice you make it should be your own. I had a simular problem in culiary school choices, but i had to figure out which school met my needs as a student. I do believe I made the right choice.