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Culinary Schools in Orlando

The influence of Cuban and other Caribbean foods is strongly felt in south Florida, and the variety of spices and dynamic mixing of flavors influence local cooking styles as far "north" as Orlando. This popular tourism and convention destination's cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood and fruit, and Jamaican, Brazilian, Haitian and Puerto Rican influences are ever-present. After all, Florida leads the nation in the production of many citrus and tropical fruits. And with so much water nearby, Orlando seafood is sublime. Orlando cuisine has moved far beyond the Mickey Mouse stereotype, and visitors from all over the world flock to the city's French, Thai, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and Cuban and Floribbean restaurants. The year-round balmy weather and spectacular al fresco dining also doesn’t hurt. Graduates of Orlando culinary schools have much to look forward to.

Sharpen Your Knives: Culinary Schools in Orlando, Florida

According to the 2012 Zagat Survey, Orlando residents eat out 3.4 times a week, which exceeds the national average. In terms of earnings, head cooks and chefs working in the Orlando-Kissimmee area earned a mean annual wage of $52,420 as of May 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida overall ranks second in nationwide employment for chefs and cooks, and with almost 86 million visitors in 2011, that's no surprise. Success in the restaurant business will largely depend on dedication, talent and commitment, but a degree in the culinary arts could lead to a great start. Take a look below at the baking and pastry schools and culinary schools in Orlando and nearby. Don't forget to keep your fish boning knife in excellent shape - you'll need it down there.

Additional Information on Orlando Culinary Arts
Orlando Sentinel lists Orlando cheap eats
Florida Department of Agriculture on agricultural products and facts
StAugustine.com answers: What's Floribbean cuisine
Occupational Employment Statistics BLS, 2013

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  • 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.
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  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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  • Students get real-world experience through the required externship at the end of the program.
  • 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.
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
  • Has campuses in Melbourne, Sarasota, and Tallahassee, Florida
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  • Offering a focused education for a better life and career since 1982.
  • Provides bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs in business, culinary arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, and more.
  • Takes a unique “Focused Learning” approach, where students typically take only one class per month to concentrate on one subject with one faculty member at a time.
  • 5 campus locations across Florida.
  • Each campus has their own weekly events for students, such as Zumba classes or resume-writing clinics.
  • Orlando campus was recognized on The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013.
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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
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  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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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.
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Other Orlando, Florida Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Mid-Florida Tech Commercial & Culinary Arts
University of Central Florida Hospitality Services Management
Valencia Community College Culinary/Pastry Management