The Vision of Francois Dionot: An Unmatched Culinary Arts Center
When Chef Francois Dionot founded L’Academie de Cuisine in 1976, he strived to develop an unmatched culinary arts program. Simply put, he wanted to create a place where students could learn classic French techniques in the best facilities. Today L’Academie is known as one of the finest, most respected culinary arts schools in North America, proud to offer culinary arts educational programs that remain true to their classic roots.
When Chef Dionot founded the culinary arts program at L’Academie, he was at the apex of a career that stretched from the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland and the rigorous kitchens of French chefs, to some of the finest restaurants in the United States. Chef Dionot’s comprehensive culinary arts experience led him to the belief that simple technique and dedicated practice are the true keys to the success for kitchen professionals. With this understanding, and motivated by a passion to bring great food, superior cooking and the best culinary arts techniques to American kitchens, Chef Dionot founded L’Academie de Cuisine, one of the finest, most-sought after culinary arts programs in North America.
L’Academie’s chefs and instructors bring their enthusiasm for gastronomy and culinary arts to recreational and professional students alike. The shared passion of Dionot and the L’Academie culinary arts team have made it the premier culinary arts school in the Washington, DC area, and recognized as one of the finest culinary schools in the United States. In 1997, L’Academie de Cuisine was named Cooking School of the Year by
the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In 2005, L’Academie was named among the Top 10 Culinary Schools in North America by CookingSchoolsCompared.com.
Professional and Recreational Culinary Arts Programs that Fulfill Individual Needs
L’Academie is divided into two schools: one for students pursuing a professional culinary arts or pastry arts career, and one for recreational students who simply enjoy cooking and want to improve their culinary skills.
The Professional Culinary Arts Program
The professional school consists of two training programs: culinary and pastry. Both the Culinary Arts Program and the Pastry Arts Program are one-year programs that provide students with a comprehensive educational background in the theory, skills, and techniques of cooking. Intense, small-size classroom and kitchentraining coupled with an invaluable externship experience at a fine-dining restaurant, ensure that our students graduate
with the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy successful careers as chefs, pastry chefs, kitchen professionals and culinary arts masters.
The experienced staff of L’Academie de Cuisine have all worked in the culinary industry for many years and know what it takes to succeed. The lessons they’ve learned in professional kitchens are an invaluable resource for our students and ensure that they have both the skills and attitude to succeed.
Our key goals in the professional culinary arts and pasty arts programs are to:
- Instill an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required in culinary arts professions.
- Stress the highest professional standards.
- Provide the necessary knowledge and culinary arts skills so graduates can advance in the culinary field.
- Demonstrate and teach culinary arts and pastry arts leadership and management competency.
- Focus on acquiring a sense of responsibility toward colleagues, community, and nation.
- Demand adherence to the highest standards of sanitation, physical hygiene, and safety.
- Encourage development, dedication and sacrifice so culinary arts and pastry arts graduates can advance in their profession.
Recreational Culinary Arts For Cooking Enthusiasts
L’Academie’s recreational culinary arts students come to our instructors to take part in culinary arts classes where they learn new techniques, improve cooking skills and expand their knowledge of fine cuisine and wines.
Our recreational culinary arts instructors are cooking professionals, so every class is led by an experienced instructor, eager to pass on the knowledge necessary to improve each student’s culinary skills. Whether you need to learn basic knife skills, holiday foods, how to create delicious sauces, or seek to learn more advanced cooking techniques, rest assured the finest culinary arts professionals will be by your side through the entire process.
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