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Culinary Arts Schools in Nebraska

Nebraska might not be the first state to come to mind when you think haute cuisine, but the Great Plains state has plenty of food that's much more accessible - and really, much more filling than tiny haute cuisine portions. Here, in these wind-swept and corn covered lands, hearty foods and great steaks are what keeps bellies full and people happy. The Polish and Czech influence makes for varied and flavorful foods, such as tasty pastries known as kolaches.

The Advantages of Culinary Arts Schools in Nebraska

Students at Nebraska culinary arts schools will most likely learn to prepare the ultimate American food: steak, in all its different preparations and glory. Students might not have to work with produce that's been harvested more than a day's drive away, as Nebraska is one of the country's leading states in terms of agricultural output, especially for cattle, grain, soybeans and wheat. The flavors of old Europe have permeated the cuisine of Nebraska, and students might also learn to prepare those tasty kolaches.

While many students choose to pursue a career that's all about culinary masterpieces and long hours logged in the kitchen, other culinary graduates opt for different career paths. Some graduates have gone on to host cooking demonstrations, while other leverage their knowledge to use it for the good of Americans' waistlines and work as registered dietitians. Dietitians and nutritionists help clients make healthy meal choices, help them navigate the nutritional jungle, and can design special menus around illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Nebraska Culinary Employment Outlook

The only constant in the restaurant industry seems to be that consumers will always crave good food, as the industry is defined by constantly changing trends. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) recently did a 2013 study and identified the top trends: locally grown and organic produce, smaller portions for a smaller price, and locally sourced meats, which tops the list.

The Nebraska Department of Labor (nebraska.gov, 2013) projects a 6.9 percent growth in all accommodation and food services jobs in Nebraska between 2010 and 2020 (specific data for restaurant jobs was not available). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012) finds that chefs and head cooks with a combination of business skills, creativity and previous work experience will have the best chances of finding the job that they have been dreaming of, while the NRA forecasts a 6.7 percent growth in restaurant employment in Nebraska throughout the next decade (restaurant.org, 2012).

Nebraska Culinary Wages

A degree from a culinary school can be a solid foundation on which to build a number of careers - think restaurant consultant, manager, entrepreneur, small business owner, mixologist/bartender, etc. Some entrepreneurial graduates may choose to become personal chefs for the select few who can afford such a service.

The table below includes data for some restaurant-related positions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/oes/):

Culinary Salary in Nebraska
Annual Median Wage (2012)
Food service managers
Chefs and head cooks

The restaurant business can be rewarding and challenging, and culinary school graduates may have many options for their careers. From Omaha to Chadron and anywhere in between, Nebraska culinary professionals can work with nature's bounty to delight foodies while living up to the very latest foodie trends.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Chefs and head cooks, March 29, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm#tab-5
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, Food Preparation and Serving Related Occuptions, March 29, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ne.htm#35-0000
National Restaurant Association, New & Research, "Nebraska Restaurant Industry at a Glance, 2013", http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/nebraska
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, "What's Hot in 2013," 2013, http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/What-s-Hot
Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Labor Market Information, https://neworks.nebraska.gov/analyzer/default.asp, 2013

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