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Culinary Schools in Jacksonville

For students in culinary school, Jacksonville is one ideal location. The gorgeous Atlantic-coast seaside city is paradise for snowbirds: subtropical climate, wide beaches, fantastic golf courses and much more. For foodies, it's also a great place to be. Thanks to the area's fresh seafood and abundance of tropical fruits, chefs rarely have to cook with frozen crab or use orange concentrate when making fruity cocktails. Jacksonville also has its local specialties, such as Mayport shrimp, along with its share of popular food festivals. The Soul Food Festival, for example, takes place in November every year while the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival takes over the city's Memorial Arena in May.

Why Culinary School: Jacksonville Seafood, Restaurants, and Culinary Careers

The thriving restaurant business is an ideal sector for those willing to work hard. Many successful chefs have had some sort of formal culinary education, even though it's not required. According to May 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chefs and head cooks working in Jacksonville earned a mean annual wage of $46,700. The National Restaurant Association forecasts a 15.8 percent increase in employment in Florida restaurants during the next decade. So get your aprons starched and have a look at the list below to find the perfect Jacksonville culinary school for you! Your turn to take center stage in the kitchen might be just around the corner.

More Jacksonville Resources for Foodies and Culinary Students
Jacksonville Tourist Department talks all about fine dining and Mayport shrimp
Information on the popular Soul Food Festival
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Jacksonville

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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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  • 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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Virginia College , Jacksonville
  • 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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  • 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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Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.
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Stratford Career Institute can help you earn your diploma from home in as little as six months, thanks to their proven study methods.
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  • Offers a 10% scholarship to eligible active duty, active and drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard.
  • 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).
  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921. 
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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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Other Jacksonville, Florida Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Florida State College at Jacksonville Culinary Management