I am looking for a pastry school next year in the Los Angeles area, I saw a lot of posts about le Cordon Bleu and the Art Institute but what about the Cypress College?
Does anyone know about the Culinary Art Program at Cypress College in Anaheim?
Cypress College is located in Cypress California, not Anaheim (unless they have some sort of extension program that I am unaware of.) The school is on Valley View just outside of Buena Park, Cerritos, and Los Alamitos.
Also in that same general area (and I use that term loosely), you could also look at Orange Coast College (or was it Coastline?)
I participated in a community college culinary program in Las Vegas, NV. The benefits of a community college program are that the overall prices are SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER than you would pay at LCB, for example. When you are done, you will have the same piece of paper that LCB graduate will have and for 1/4 of the cost. My experience has been that kitchens/chefs will not value one cooking school over another. If you are fortunate enough to find a restaurant that are hiring people with culinary degrees, then a lower cost school will NOT be a strike against you and may even help you (since they will know that large student loans are not hanging over your head...resulting in you needing more money quickly.)
The risks of community college culinary programs are, especially in CA and NV both, that budget cuts are really felt in the culinary programs. Required classes do get cut or postponed, not to mention the occasional limited access to food items that you should probably get some hand-on exposure to (e.g. fabricating a fish.)
good luck in your decisions!
I concur with BenRias, that attending a private cookery school is a waste of money. Besides, if you were to study for a B.S. degree in Bakery Science & Management, you could transfer the credits earned at a community college, but you might not be able to transfer those credits earned at a private cookery school.
According to ShawGuides, and CC HRC, they do not offer a Baking & Pastry Arts Program. You could check Shaw Guides for a community college in California.
Baking Programs in southern California:
Edited by TheUnknownCook - 12/16/10 at 11:44am