About Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
2020 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 354-2020
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) offers professional and certificate programs in culinary arts and pastry arts for students aspiring to work in the food industry.
This professional culinary school first started with European cooking classes in Cambridge taught out of the home of Roberta L. Downing, who founded the school in 1974.
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts later expanded and moved to its current home on Massachusetts Avenue. The program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Education, and the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools.
The campus is located on Massachusetts Avenue, a bustling street close to many other universities in the area, including Harvard University, Tufts University, MIT, and Boston University, making the area vibrant and diverse. The campus is accessible by MBTA at Porter Square.
Areas of Study
Students can take culinary courses and pastry classes to complete either the certificate program in culinary arts or the certificate program in pastry arts.
The certificate program in culinary arts gives students an introduction to the art and science of the following areas:
- food basics
- food management
- knife skills
The certificate program in pastry arts offers a similar introductory approach to the practical and theoretical techniques of pastry arts, covering the following topics: cakes, choux and viennoiserie, fillings, meringues, and sauces.
Students, after completing either certificate program, have the option of transferring into the respective professional program, where the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts gives its students the training for gainful employment.
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts has a diverse student body of over 400 from the United States, along with many international students from Europe, China, Thailand, Brazil, Russia, and more.
Clubs and Activities
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offers a variety of recreational programs for pastry and culinary students and the public.
Cooking classes range from $90-$150, and are taught by teaching chefs. Attendees can learn many types of cooking, from baking croissants to sushi, and can leave the class with their new creations and recipes.
- Each month, a chef from the school posts one of his or her innovate recipes for public use on the CSCA’s website
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