I'm struggling to find a culinary school/community college to study baking and pastry arts and really just want to start with it ASAP. I'm in that part where there are no culinary schools, hence I definitely WILL need to move. I cannot figure out where just yet.
I was considering going to Ferrandi French School of Culinary Arts, Paris but they are full for the February 2015 intake and the next available intake is September 2015 which is way too far.
After thorough research I found another culinary school/institute in London, England- Chef Academy of London. They seem to be having a great certificate course with 1060 hours, far more than any college I have come across for a certificate. It costs £15,000 which is okayish. I would love to go here but there aren't reviews anywhere about this institute or for any of the courses that it provides, hence apprehensive about going for it. The website says that it's for three months but I'm sure that's a mistake. The link is-http://www.chefacademyoflondon.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=446&catid=47&Itemid=427
French Pastry School in Chicago, USA seems good too, for some reason not too sure about it as it costs same almost same as Chef Academy of London, around $23,000.
I'd love to go to international culinary centre in New York but its ridiculously expensive, at $47,750 just for the tuition fees.
My priority would be going to anywhere in Europe and preferably London as I have lived in London for three years and I love the city 😍. However as a back up, I have applied for baking and party arts certificate at Algonquin college in Ottawa, Canada, if all else fails. Also wouldn't mind exploring professional baking and pastry on the eastern side of the world that provide quality hands on education.
I would really appreciate the input by Cheftalk community members.