Hello. I'm a prospective student trying to research programs in the Bay Area. Unfortunately I'm not living in the Bay at the moment (I moved to Hawaii to attend college and have stayed since graduation and I'm planning to move back later this year), so I cannot do any campus tours or anything so I want to ask here. Any recommendations on good baking and pastry arts programs in the Bay Area?
I've read good things about the California Culinary Academy, but I've also read a lot of negative things from current and former students saying that the place has changed for the worse since it changed ownership around 1999 or 2000 (some going as far to say Chefs are leary to even hire CCA grads because of their lack of education). So I'm not quite sure who to believe. I was wondering if anyone here is a student or chef in the Bay Area and if they had any insight whether the CCA is worth going to or if I should look elsewhere. And if so, what other programs are there? Thanks for any help.