Where, I'm curious, are the best culinary schools in the United States?
We all know what the "best" universities are; U.S. News & World Report tells us each and every year what universities we're supposed to be impressed by and which are just ho hum.
Is there a similar hierarchy for chefs? Obviously, dropping an name like Cordon Bleu in Paris means something to most people who have any kind of interest in food. But what about in the states?
And is there an official ranking? It semes like anyone can open up shop and call their business a cooking school. "The Sur La Table Cooking Academy," for example, could sound very fancy to someone who's never shoppled at SLT, but it would in the end just be a bunch of classes taking place in a kitchen supplies store.
Where, in the big cities (LA/NYC/Chicago/SF/Vegas, even) does one go in search of chefdom?
And no smart aleck responses about just applying to be on Top Chef or some such show!