Culinary Schools in Victorville

Victorville may not be the typical representation of California, with neither ocean nor vineyards nor mountains, but it's a charming place in the middle of the storied and beautiful Mojave Desert, and it's located on the historic Route 66. Millions of travelers pass through here to get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, but it's worth a stop -- and perhaps you might even want to stay to attend one of the Victorville culinary schools. Located 40 miles north of San Bernardino and outside the Los Angeles metropolitan area (50 miles from Ontario), Victorville is a city of around 120,000 people, which means that traffic is a lot better here than in L.A. However, Victorville is close enough to make commuting to the big city by the ocean a possibility.

Culinary Arts

Famous Victorville restaurants and festivals

There's something magical about the desert, so it's no surprise that some great festivals can be found in the High Desert. Specifically, there's the High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown, which takes place in Victorville every June. You don't have to be a student at one of the Victorville culinary schools to enjoy the barbecue -- you can sample to your heart's content with or without any culinary training. Just bring your taste buds. Top pit masters compete for thousands of dollars in cash against the background of pop, blues, rock, R&B and more.

California is a very large state, and there are no particular foods associated specifically with Victorville, so let's start with the mighty avocado. The Golden State produces more avocados than any other state in the nation, and this healthy staple of the Mexican diet is used widely throughout the Southwest -- and Victorville is no exception. Even if just eaten with a spoon and some salt on it, an avocado is always a tasty treat. The large Hispanic population of Victorville means that you will find some authentic Mexican restaurants here to satisfy your south-of-the-border food fix. Let's have a look at some local favorites:

  • Miguel's Baja Grill: This rustic and comfortable Mexican restaurant features guacamole prepared tableside. It's a great bet for the weekend champagne brunch. Affordable and authentic.
  • Molly Brown's Country Café: This comfy diner feels like a throwback to the 50s -- this is comfort food and country dining at their best. You don't come here to count calories, as the portions are huge. Don't miss the biscuits and gravy and chicken-fried steak.
  • Samurai Sushi: Sushi might not be the first thing that comes to mind in the High Desert, but keep in mind that you aren't very far from the mighty Pacific Ocean here. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but this small restaurant serves excellent sushi, and you might even receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert from the chef.

Culinary career and salary info for Victorville

An education in itself is always important to set yourself on the right path for the future, but it's also important to look at potential earnings. Without further ado, let's have a look at what aspiring Victorville culinary arts students may expect to earn in food and beverage positions. First of all, allow us to introduce data for the entire state of California, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


Total Employment in California (2014)

Average Salary in California (2014)

% Job Growth nationwide (2012-2022)





Butchers and Meat Cutters




Chefs and Head Cooks




Food Service Managers




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Victorville is a relatively small city, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not collect data on its employment numbers specifically. However, the BLS does compile information for nearby Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, which we are detailing below:



Total Employed (2014)

2014 Average Salary

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario




Butchers and Meat Cutters



Chefs and Head Cooks



Food Service Managers



We hope you have enjoyed reading a bit more about Victorville cooking schools. Are you ready to make your passion for cooking and food your career? Be sure to sharpen your knives, get that apron starched, and enjoy the culinary adventure -- you never know where it could take you.


  • High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown, http://www.highdesertmusicfestival.com/newsite/
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates California, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_40140.htm
  • Miguel's Baja Grill: http://www.yelp.com/biz/miguels-baja-grill-victorville
  • Molly Brown's Country Café: http://www.mollybrownscountrycafe.com/
  • Samurai Sushi, http://www.yelp.com/biz/samurai-sushi-victorville
  • What Are Some of the Official State Foods? http://www.pbs.org/food/features/official-state-foods/

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