Culinary School Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Most Asked Professional Culinary Arts Program Questions

The decision on where to attend culinary school is a personal decision.

Whether you want to become a professional chef or use professional-level culinary skills for other pursuits, you’ll probably have questions about a professional culinary arts program.


How much is culinary school tuition?

Our Professional Certification in the Culinary Arts program is $9800. It includes all of the equipment, materials, books, knives, and uniforms required for the program.

Compare how our professional culinary arts program stacks up to other Utah and regional culinary programs.  


How long does the professional culinary arts program take to complete?

The Professional Certificate in Culinary Arts program takes 12 weeks to complete. 

During the 12 week program, students get hands-on instruction, classroom education, real-world kitchen experience, networking opportunities with local food purveyors and restauranteurs, and additional opportunities for additional off-site experiences.


What does a culinary arts certificate do? Why is it better than a culinary arts diploma?

The primary differences between a culinary arts certificate and a culinary arts diploma are the length of time required and tuition costs. 

Certificates and diplomas are suited for different kinds of students: 

  • A culinary arts certificate is ideal for the student who wants an affordable professional-level culinary education in the shortest amount of time possible. 
  • A culinary arts diploma is better suited for the student who wants additional classes such as Elements of Effective Communication and Human Relations, has 2 or 4 years to invest, and up to $60,000 to spend on a culinary degree.

Why is the American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification important?

Many culinary institutes offer school-based certification programs, but we offer certification from the ACF, a nationally-recognized organization with well-known standards for culinary excellence. 

ACF certification is a standard of professional competency and a symbol of professionalism. It carries more credibility than just a certificate from a local culinary institute.

We offer our professional culinary institute students the opportunity to acquire the ACF CC® – Certified Culinarian® certification or the ACF CFC® – Certified Fundamentals Cook® Certificates. The cost for our students to take the proctored written and practical exams for either of these programs is included in the program.


What kind of culinary education Financial aid is available?

We have access to several scholarship and grant opportunities as well as private funding options for your culinary education.


What kind of jobs are available after culinary school?

Whether you want to become a professional chef, food and beverage director, start a restaurant or food truck, write a cookbook, or impress your family and friends with your culinary skills, there are many opportunities to use your culinary education after graduation.

There is a shortage of qualified culinarians in Utah, and we’re approached every week by potential employers, looking for qualified and eager employees.

We provide our students with networking opportunities and introductions during their education to help provide them with options and opportunities for their careers after graduation.

To date, every professional culinary institute graduate who wanted a culinary position received an offer of employment.


What is the culinary school application process?

  • Download and complete an application
  • Verify your high school graduation or GED status
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Enrollment interview with the SLICE Institute Director and/or Chef Instructors

Is Salt Lake Culinary Education accredited?

We are an “ACFEF (ACF Educational Foundation) Recognized Quality Program*,” and Rich Sheya, SLICE General Manager, is an “ACF Certified Program Director.”


Does Salt Lake Culinary Education offer online courses?

We do not offer an online culinary arts education program. 

It’s our position that culinary education is best in a face-to-face, knife-to-block environment. In-person instruction creates the best opportunity for learning the correct culinary skills and techniques. Online culinary school also prevents students from opportunities to network and test out their skills in live kitchens.


How can I find out more information and/or get a tour of the culinary education institute?

Contact Our Director of Admissions

Jana Brody