Also, be very wary of Alain & Marie LeNotre's school in Houston. Anyone who says they can make you a sous chef in 5 months isn't telling you the truth. That takes a little longer than 5 months (it only took me two years, one of which I was a free worker). There are other schools. Especially in Texas (where my parents are from... ) Try Texas Culinary Institute and Art Institute of Dallas . In your travels on ChefTalk you'll find a lot more schools. These are only but a couple (if you wanted to stay in Texas).