San Francisco Cooking School

Inspired Professional Training

Made in San Francisco

Our certificate programs are designed to maximize educational value and propel you into your optimal new food career.

Our rigorous curriculum is exclusively a hands-on program. You won’t spend time in lecture halls and demonstration kitchens. Instead, you’ll be on your feet cooking everyday in an intimate private-school experience with small classes limited to 14 students.

SFCS is not a cookie-cutter format. Throughout the program you will be mentored by a highly qualified chef instructor who is in the classroom with you everyday and personally invested in your educational experience from the first day of school to graduation.

Based in the culinary epicenter of San Francisco, your academic foundation will be supplemented with industry access. From connecting with food insiders through class field trips to in-class workshops taught by award-winning chefs, you’ll be exposed to a wide diversity of food careers that only a teaching campus like the Bay Area can provide.

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 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 the dinner buffet. Your externship will be mentored, managed, and meaningful.

Many chefs have told us SFCS students are the most prepared culinary and pastry graduates they’ve seen from any school. But we know the truth – creating high-performing graduates begins with admitting the best students into your program.

So it’s really not about us. It’s all about you.

Learn more about Culinary Arts and Pastry & Baking Arts.

Externship Placements

Prized Placements in Top San Francisco Kitchens

* Externships are only available to students who meet graduation requirements.

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"Our SFCS Extern shouldn’t have been able to keep up but she did! Anytime she wants a job here she can just walk on in."

Laurence Jossel Executive Chef/Owner NOPA