If you don't want to be a chef, then MCTC or another community college is definitely the way to go. Bear in mind, of course, that these are 2 year programs. Do you want to spend that much time learning how to cook? Or would you rather just take some classes casually, at night or on weekends, for instance? If the latter appeals to you, then I might suggest taking recreational cooking classes as an alternative to a degree program.
For instance, I work at a kitchen store here in Minneapolis (www.kitchenwindow.com
) that has a cooking school attached to it. They offer great classes all year round, including some basics, like a 4-part Intro to Cooking series, along with a 2-part Knife Skills series. There are all sorts of other classes, too...like sushi, indian cuisine, cake decorating...you name it. Classes are about $60-$70 each and are about 3-4 hours long. Just something to think about.
Regarding St Paul College & Hennepin Technical College, I don't really know anything about those schools, so I can't comment.
Yes, I do love living in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis specifically. It's just a great place to live. There's a lot of culture and the great rewards that come with city living (good food, theater, etc) but also is small enough that its not overwhelming. It's also extremely clean and really beautiful. Spring, Summer & Fall here are just amazing. I've lived here 4 years and really do love it.
The only downside is the winter, of course. We really get our behinds kicked every winter, so keep that in mind. Winters are long and very cold. They can be hard to get through. That's basically Minnesota's major downfall. But if you don't mind the cold, you'll be fine.
Why are you moving to the Twin Cities? If you have any questions I'm happy to answer them.
Best of luck,