Culinary school ranks among tops in US


The GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in downtown Grand Rapids is ranked one of the top culinary schools in the nation. Photo via

A local culinary school is ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

Best Choice Schools, a website ranking higher education institutions in various categories, ranks the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College No. 30 in its ranking of “Top Culinary Schools 2016.”

Three other Michigan schools also appear in the ranking, all in the top 15.

The site looked at hands-on experience, internship and externship opportunities, student-operated restaurants, facilities and reputation within the restaurant industry.

Secchia Institute

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education offers degrees in culinary arts, culinary management, baking and pastry arts and a personal chef track. The school also offers certificates in baking and pastry arts and personal chef.

“Students can expect to receive hands-on training throughout the program, in addition to lecture courses to ensure a well-rounded experience,” the site says. “Students have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their skills under the supervision of faculty at three different types of restaurants on campus, including a deli/bakery, a fine dining restaurant and a conference center.”

The Secchia Institute has been an American Culinary Federation accredited school for more than 30 years and has more than 32 instructional spaces.

Other Michigan Schools

The top 10 begins with a Michigan school, Henry Ford College in Dearborn. The college offers a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and certificates in culinary skills, baking and pastry and restaurant service career.

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City ranks No. 11.

The Culinary Studies Institute at Oakland Community College ranks No. 12.

Top 10

1.   International Culinary Center, New York and Campbell, California

2.   Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, Napa and St. Helena, California, San Antonio, Texas

3.   Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas

4.   Institute of Culinary Education, New York

5.   Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont, West Virginia

6.   Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey

7.   College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, Nevada

8.   Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

9.   St. Louis Community College, Saint Louis, Missouri

10. Henry Ford College

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