The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (AESCA), named after the French chef who modernized and simplified the ‘haute cuisine’ of the early twentieth-century, is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and has been training top chefs since 1991. Both the Boulder campus and an extension in Austin, Texas offer separate programs in culinary arts and pastry arts, as well as non-credit courses for those who simply want to spice up their kitchen fare. Near the end of either program, student chefs gain hands-on experience in an eight- or ten-week externship with a regional restaurant. Fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation and many more authorities, AESCA emphasizes its small class sizes and guarantees career-placement assistance for the lifetime of any graduate. Plus, it’s a fully residential school; a variety of housing options in Boulder alone include several dormitories; the fully furnished, all-utilities-paid University Village; or affordable units in suburbs like Lafayette and Broomfield. AESCA is a military-friendly institution and offers multiple financial aid options; it’s the place to be to whip up a great education, great memories and culinary skills that last a lifetime!