In 2005, L’Academie was named one of the “Top Ten” Culinary Schools in the United States. The Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts programs (daytime and evening) provide a course of study in the theory and techniques of classic French cuisine with an emphasis on fine-food planning, preparation and presentation. L’Academie de Cuisine offers small class sizes so students receive personal attention and expert instruction under the direction of European- and American-trained chefs and pastry chefs. The professional program includes a paid externship for students to work in fine-dining restaurants, hotels and bakeries in the Washington, D.C., area as well as externships nationwide.
In addition, L’Academie de Cuisine has offered more than 1,000 recreational cooking classes at two locations in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, Md., since 1976. Other areas of study include continuing education and private events.