Le Cordon Bleu vs the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) the Hyde Park one?

Which one would be the best to go to

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  • 5 years ago
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    I'd looked up CIA of Hyde Park (NY), and they're apparently regionally accredited, which is the preferred accreditation for a school. It's categorized as a private, not-for-profit school, but the website looks similar to a for-profit due to having to contact them for additional info.

    The Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in NY is apparently *only* nationally accredited, which is basically a worthless accreditation :) Just an fyi that according to their website, "le cordon bleu" in Chicago is the only regionally accredited learning institution among the group of schools. It's a for-profit school.

    Please look into ACF-accredited schools for culinary education. In NY, there are a few different community colleges that offer culinary arts with that accreditation, and the community college is usually more affordable (and reputable) than for-profit school.

    ** To search for ACF-accredited culinary schools:

    http://www.acfchefs.org/ACFSource/Education/Postse...

    You may want to take a look at this article titled "the scandal of $50,000 culinary degrees" (and how community colleges are a fraction of the price and still reputable):

    http://crosscut.com/2010/08/the-scandal-50000-culi...

    For U.S. colleges (including community colleges and state-public universities):

    http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/

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