In The Classroom...
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From Our Deans...
The best thing a culinary school can do is to train their students to be smart cooks. Students at SFCS will learn methods of cooking, what it means to taste and season food, and how to work efficiently in a kitchen. Cultivating an instinctive knowledge of the how’s and why of food is what’s lacking in many of the traditional programs that exist out there today.
Chef/Owner, Coi, Plum and Plum Bar
SFCS will give students a thorough understanding of what it takes to succeed in the business.
Chef/Owner, Delfina Restaurant Group
We need a culinary school that fosters connections between students and chefs in the industry in order to produce cooks who understand and can maneuver within the current culture of the modern kitchen.
Executive Pastry Chef, Absinthe
Made in San Francisco.
San Francisco Cooking School offers fresh, new certificate programs in culinary and pastry arts driven by California cuisine and its progressive food values.
Designed to propel you into your optimal food career, our rigorous curriculum is taught by experienced chef instructors. SFCS delivers an intimate private-school experience with small classes limited to 14 students that are taught in our brand new, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. The program runs six months (or you can do it twelve part-time).
SFCS is not a cookie-cutter program. Whether you’re interested in a restaurant career or another food-career path such as food media, catering, or food entrepreneurship, our curriculum will support your personal career goals by giving you 30 free elective hours to pick from a roster of specialty coursework.
Based in the heart of San Francisco - one of the United States’ true culinary epicenters - your academic foundation will be supplemented with a culinary experience that can only be obtained in the groundbreaking food scene of the Bay Area. As a student of SFCS, you will have exclusive access to trend-setting artisans, Citywide food events, award-winning restaurants and bakeries, progressive organic farms, and the City’s best chefs. On top of the educational and technical skills gained through the kitchen classroom, these connections and experiences will impart the tools you need to embark on this inspiring new chapter of your life.
Externships are an integral part of your learning at SFCS. No matter what your plans are post-graduation, we believe that the practical learning experience of working in the kitchen of a restaurant is invaluable. SFCS has secured prized externships working under award-winning chefs in San Francisco’s top kitchens. You will not be dispatched to a factory externship in a large hotel kitchen to cut carrots for two months. Your externship will be mentored, managed, and meaningful.
Externship placements at the following restaurants have been secured for SFCS students:*