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Culinary Schools in Tucson

The foodie environment in Tucson offers an array of possibilities for up-and-coming chefs. This innovative dining scene is deeply rooted in Mexican and Southwest cooking, yet still features ethnic food markets such as Middle Eastern and Chinese food stores. For more traditional Arizona food, try the carne seca (dried beef) at El Charro Café, which has been owned by the same family since 1922. The Tucson Culinary Festival, the region's premiere food event, which includes a margarita championship, is held every October. Students of Tucson culinary schools are in a prime location for heating up their cooking skills.

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Under the Desert Sun: Culinary Schools in Tucson

Restaurant jobs in Arizona represent 10 percent of the state's economy, and the National Restaurant Association forecasts a 15.6 percent employment growth in the 2014-2024 decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chefs and head cooks working in Tucson earned mean annual wages of $45,230 as of May 2013. A degree in the culinary arts can allow you to learn skills that you probably would not have the chance to learn properly on your own, and can give you a great basis for your career. A degree is not required to enter the industry, but having formal education on your resume can be advantageous. Choose a Tucson culinary school from the list below and hone your skills in the Arizona desert.

Additional Foodie Information for Tucson
A guide to Tucson lists the city’s ethnic food markets
Tucson’s Visitors Bureau shows the city’s upcoming culinary events
Bureau of Labor Statistics on chef and head cook career information
National Restaurant Association research NRA, Arizona

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Tucson

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
  • Teaches students by having them spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • Has 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Offers more than 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
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  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921.
  • Provides interactive course materials and unique approaches to curriculum that  support multiple learning styles.
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  • Its accelerated online courses allow students to learn new course material every 5 ½ weeks.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
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Other Tucson, Arizona Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Pima College Center for Training and Development Culinary and Food Industry Training Programs