Art Institutes


Bring your talent to the table.

If you want to enrich the world with your talent for creating amazing cuisine—or ambiance—start by experiencing everything from kitchen skills to international flavors.

Degree Programs

Inland Empire Baking & Pastry School

Baking & Pastry

Use your talent and passion to turn desserts into works of art. You’ll explore everything from plating to preparing confections to managing a commercial kitchen.

Inland Empire Culinary Arts School

Culinary Arts

Starting with fundamentals like kitchen tools and culinary techniques, you’ll explore more than 20 of the most popular international flavors and techniques.

Inland Empire Culinary Management

Culinary Management

Prepare to run both the kitchen and the front of the house, using your passion for food and your head for business to create a memorable dining experience.

Inland Empire Hospitality Management Degree

Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

You can learn your way around both the front and back of the house while you prepare for the challenge of bringing something new to the table for demanding consumers.

Meet Our Faculty

  • Anthony Thomas

    Culinary Arts

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    Anthony Thomas
    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    When I cooked a large holiday meal for my family and received rave reviews.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I use a lot of examples of actual situations that I’ve found myself dealing with in the industry. It helps give students a real taste of what they can expect when they get out there.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    The chef interview assignment in Concepts and Theories really pushes outside their comfort zones. They have to contact an industry professional and work with them to capture their story by asking the right questions.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    In culinary lab classes, students are very dependent on their team’s they absolutely have to learn to communicate and coordinate their work.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Find your passion and pursue it with everything you have.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Stay focused—and learn from both your successes and failures.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I love getting to wake up every day to teach cooking classes! Read More...

Latest Happenings

All Star Chef Classic Culinary
Ai Culinary Students Participate in All Star Chef Classic

The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire partnered with The Art Institute of California—Orange County and The Art Institute of California—Hollywood for the All Star Chef Classic in Los Angeles.

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Juanita's and The Art Institutes Culinary
Juanita's Foods Serves Largest Menudo Soup To Celebrate National Menudo Month

With help from culinary students and instructors at The Art Institutes, Juanita's prepares and donates 2,439 pounds of menudo to local community.

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Culinary Culinary
Inland Empire Culinary Students Cater Welcome Reception for State of the City Address

Culinary students recently catered the welcome reception for the annual State of the City address, presented by San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis.

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