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Career in Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts careers are found in all areas of hospitality, catering, restaurant and hotel management and food and beverage administration throughout the US and the world. Culinary arts professionals are found in the following areas:

Culinary Arts Career & Salary Information

A degree in nutrition and culinary arts will provide you with the tools necessary to succeed in a variety of culinary and food service careers including the following:

  • Therapeutic Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Natural Chef
  • Cooking & Meal Consultant
  • Nutrition & Whole Foods Culinary Instruction
  • Caterers
  • Health Spa Chef’s & Consultants
  • Health & Natural Food Retailers
  • Restaurateurs

The demand for chefs with specific training in nutrition and dietetics has never been higher and it continues to grow each year. As today’s population becomes more health conscious, customers are demanding healthier food that also tastes great, and they are hiring more often the chefs with the experience and skills to provide both great meals and great nutritional value. As many more people are turning to their diet and the food they eat as a means of healing themselves, chefs with nutritional and dietetic training are able to provide these clients with the nourishment to heal them, providing a very valuable service indeed.

*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

What Are The Next Steps Toward A Rewarding Career In Culinary Arts?

  1. Find a degree in culinary arts located at a campus near you or online from our list of accredited online culinary arts schools.
  2. Research culinary arts degree and certification programs for an understanding of all necessary prerequisites and admissions requirements.
  3. Begin your career in culinary arts as a chef, catering director, pastry chef, food & beverage director or any number of careers across the country and around the world.

Culinary Degree Schools

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
  • A team of about 4,000 faculty members are focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Academic programs available in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Program Coordinators work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
  • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
  • Full tuition cost provided up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
  • Career services associates can help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
  • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,000.
  • Ranked #14 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • At the end of their freshman year, 84% of students return to continue their education.
  • Students attend only one class at a time for four weeks, ensuring easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), South-Central Employment Corporation (SEC), and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • 7.5 acre campus is located in the foothills of Blue Mountain, north of Harrisburg, PA.
  • Involved with many community service organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB), March of Dimes, and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • Students spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Programs provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • The first Le Cordon Bleu school officially opened its doors as a culinary school in Paris in 1895.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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  • Online Courses
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  • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
  • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
  • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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  • A part of the Brightstar Education Group.
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
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Platt College Oklahoma , Oklahoma City
  • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
  • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
  • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Love to cook? Turn your passion into a career at the Culinary Instituteof Virginia. Earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Science in less than 2 years.
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  • Features a public restaurant, where lunch and dinner is prepared and served by students.
  • The campus is located within walking distance of Downtown Portland.
  • Offers career services, as well as professional guidance for an off-site externship.
     
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  • Has campuses in Melbourne, Sarasota, and Tallahassee Florida.
  • Curriculum includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation and hands-on experience.
  • Program objectives are to provide students with skills needed for cooking wholesome, attractive, food preparations and to assist graduates in obtaining positions in the food service industry.
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  • Alumni are offered free “brush up” classes, allowing graduates to exercise certain skills or software that they may not have used in a while.
  • On and off campus housing available for out of state students, as well as programs for international students.
  • Students have many options for campus activities, including intramural sports, drama club, and campus parties.
     
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  • Teaches hands-on culinary training in French, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and American cooking, along with professional baking and pastry techniques.
  • Helps students gain professional skills in culinary management.
  • Offers an Italian Culinary Arts program where students get to externship in Italy.
  • Instructors are respected chefs who put their dedication and life experiences into their instruction.
  • Students have the option to study cuisines from around the world, culinary management, or international baking.
     
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Online Courses
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  • Their Fast Track Diploma/Certificate Programs can enable students to be job-ready in as little as eight months.
  • A Career Services Office helps match graduates with potential employers.
  • Founded in 1979 as the Star Technical Institute school group, offering career training in drafting and design. 
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Education, and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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