The experts say it really depends on what kind of chef you wish to be and what kind of foods you like to cook.
It might be beneficial for a student to travel to another state to attend a “better” cooking school to put on their resume. It is true that listing “Le Cordon Bleu” on your resume will surely open more doors than another, lesser known, culinary art school will. However, most students (and parents) don’t realize that there are Le Cordon Bleu programs right here in the U.S.
Still, travelling abroad for a cooking degree does have its benefits. Chefs in five-star restaurants got where they are at in one of three ways. The first star chefs are those who are natural, self made successes. The second way to get to this goal is to know someone in the business; in other words, you could get lucky. The third (and most realistic) way to get to “executive chef” is to love what you cook (you’ll be better at it) and learn the culture of your food.
Study hard while at cooking school, pick a niche culinary art category that you love and put in the time “paying your dues” to the industry. That means plenty of time working under the supervision of others to learn the ropes. Eventually, you will be rewarded if you are good at what you do. The latter scenario is what makes a culinary art school abroad worth the time according to some experts. If you plan to be really great at cooking Italian food, an Italian cooking school is best. An Italian cooking school in Italy is even better. People who know a cultures customs will always cook their food better.