As any Brit will know, Leiths Professional Diploma is one of the most respected culinary courses available in the UK. They've recently started to offer the first term as a tutor-led online course, with optional accreditation (at their school in London for an additional fee) at the end. At nearly £4k, it's not cheap but still considerably less than their real world version. It might be worth a look. Being online, it's open to anyone worldwide. I'll not link - I've nothing to promote But if you go to Leiths website you can see what's on offer. Hope this might help someone, especially those trying to decide about going to culinary school vs work experience as an either/or move.