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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.

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

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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.
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  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
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Other Tucson, Arizona Culinary Schools

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Pima College Center for Training and Development Culinary and Food Industry Training Programs