When it comes to cooking schools in the Kansas City area, the one with the best reputation and program is also the least expensive. If you want to spend a lot of money you can go to the local campuses of L'Ecole Culinaire or The Art Institutes. However the smart money enrolls in the Culinary Arts program at Johnson County Community College. One of the largest programs in the nation it is the first school to get American Culinary Federation Educational Institute accreditation. It has a three year program with over 6,000 hours of training that will only cost you $6,600 at current tuition prices.
P.S. Their Alumni include some James Beard award winners