Where Passion Meets Profession.

Why We're Different

Our philosophy is simple. Students learn most efficiently when they are in a small group, comfortable environment, and receive personal attention from each instructor. Our team consists of a diverse and well-balanced group of Chef Instructors with real world experience and a genuine passion for teaching.

ACI is different due to the hands-on culinary learning experience our students receive. Indulge your passion for cooking by learning through trial and error and personal instruction rather than pouring through a textbook at home.



  • + I'm coming from out of town to attend ACI- can you assist me with finding housing?

    Yes. We work with a local housing coordinator who focuses on meeting the needs of our students. Our campus is located in a beautiful and residential area in North Scottsdale where there are many housing options to choose from.

  • + I need to work while attending ACI- do you offer employment assistance to students?

    Yes. Many of our students work while they are attending school and we view this as a great opportunity for them to gain valuable experience. Our Placement Director works closely with our students to find industry-related jobs that are fulfilling and challenging.

  • + I am interested in getting my career started right away. How long is ACI's program?

    Student's can earn their diploma in Culinary Arts, Baking, and Restaurant Management in as little as 8 months. Our program consists of 6 months of classes followed by a 2 month paid internship.

  • + Is ACI accredited?

    Yes. Arizona Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

  • + Does ACI offer night classes?

    Yes! Classes run Monday through Thursday, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, and are taught year round.

  • + How often do new classes start?

    A new Basic Culinary Arts class starts every 6 weeks! Request a catalogue to receive a list of our start dates. We know one of them will be right for you!

  • + What will I wear to school?

    You will wear a chef's uniform while on campus. Students are given several sets of uniforms as part of their tuition costs and these include 5 chef's coats, 3 pairs of checkered pants, 2 cloth hats, 5 Aprons, 3 neckerchiefs, and 4 hand towels.

  • + What else, besides uniforms, is included in the tuition costs?

    In addition to uniforms, your tuition cost includes all of the tools you will use to become a success in the culinary industry. These tools include a comprehensive Dexter-Russell Connoisseur series knife kit, seven professional textbooks, supplemental student curriculum packets, a backpack and an ACI t-shirt. Of course you will also receive the most valuable tool we have to offer: the attention and instruction of our experienced Chef Instructors.