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L'Ecole Culinaire


L'Ecole Culinaire is a system of culinary arts schools which provide career training for future chefs and entry level positions within the food service industry. The school has three campus locations -- two in Missouri (St. Louis and Kansas City) and one in Tennessee (Memphis). Programs include a Diploma in Culinary Essentials and an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Culinary & Restaurant Management. L'Ecole Culinaire runs its course schedule on a 10-week cycle. Flexible scheduling includes morning, afternoon and evening classes. Financial assistance is available for students who qualify.

L'Ecole Culinaire is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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Cooking And Related Culinary Arts, General
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Points of Distinction

  • Three locations in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Memphis
  • New classes start every 10 weeks
  • Limited class sizes
  • New classes start every 10 weeks
  • Diplomas and associate degrees available
  • Student operated fine dining restaurant


The faculty at L'Ecole Culinaire is made up of industry professionals living near each campus location. Instructors combine classroom instruction with hands-on training to give students a thorough working knowledge of the food service industry. Each of the campus-based courses are supplemented with an online "eCompanion" course used for study outside the classroom environment.

Student Life

L'Ecole Culinaire is a commuter school and does not offer on-campus housing for students. Campus locations are equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory kitchens for training. Students also participate in the school's fine dining restaurant, found at all campus locations. Courses are run on a 10 week cycle, so new classes begin regularly. L'Ecole Culinaire provides students with a Career Services Department which assists students with resume writing, interview preparation, and job search techniques. Students have access to the "Career Connects" website which lists available job openings. The school also offers some of its courses to the public via purchase from their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


  1. Home Page, L'Ecole Culinaire, http://www.lecole.edu/
  2. Programs, L'Ecole Culinaire - Kansas City, http://www.lecole.edu/kansas-city/kansas-city-cooking-school-programs.asp
  3. About Us, L'Ecole Culinaire - Memphis, http://www.lecole.edu/memphis/about-memphis-culinary.asp
  4. Restaurant, L'Ecole Culinaire - St. Louis, http://www.lecole.edu/st-louis/st-louis-restaurant.asp
  5. Career Services, L'Ecole Culinaire - St. Louis, http://www.lecole.edu/st-louis/st-louis-culinary-school-career-services.asp
  6. Frequently Asked Questions, L'Ecole Culinaire - St. Louis, http://www.lecole.edu/st-louis/st-louis-cooking-school-faqs.asp

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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