Throughout the curriculum, we emphasize the responsibility of a chef to provide food that is safe to the consumer and respectful of the environment. Students learn how to reduce daily waste with composting and recycling, care for a flock of rare and heritage breed hens, and nurture an organic culinary garden. We lead by example, purchasing local, organic and sustainable foods and providing our students with only the best possible ingredients with which to train.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority is given to qualified applicants who submit all of their application materials by the end of April for August enrollment and by the end of October for January enrollment. For more information, review application requirements and enrollment deadlines.


Each year students from around the world are welcomed into the program. We offer them the unique experience of training to become a professional chef in the rich location of the Napa Valley. Please review the Admissions Requirements for International Students.

Veteran Friendly

Through Veterans’ Services at Napa Valley College, US Veteran Education Benefits are fully applicable to studies in our Professional Chef Program. Find out more by calling a dedicated Veterans’ Services Specialist at Napa Valley College: (707)256-7322. Our structured curriculum, low student teacher ratio, and highly disciplined hands-on practice in the teaching kitchen make an ideal learning environment for veterans.


During orientation students will meet all school staff and tour the campus. Uniforms, knife kits, policies and procedures manuals, and schedules will be distributed.  The chefs will provide an overview of the curriculum and grading policies.  There will be a financial aid seminar for those students who are seeking assistance.


Gainful Employment Program Disclosures

The US Department of Education requires accredited colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here is the best available to the Professional Culinary program at Napa Valley College’s Napa Valley Cooking School and represents one year’s data only. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.