Culinary Schools in Boise

Boise is the capital and largest city in Idaho, and home to around 200,000 residents. The entire state features more than 3,100 miles of rivers -- more than any other state. It comes as no surprise that fishing is a very popular pastime here, and a tasty one to boot. Boise is large enough to have all the comforts of a big city, while it's small enough to not spend too much time in traffic and spend more time outside instead. The city has done a fantastic job at incorporating hiking trails and paths right into the center of town. This great resident-focused city planning makes Boise a very livable city for all, especially for students at one of the Boise culinary arts schools.

Culinary Arts

While the entire state is not particularly diverse, Boise is home to one of the largest Basque communities outside of Northern Spain. Idahoans like celebrating that part of the state's rich heritage. The Basque street party called Jaialdi (Basque for "festival time") takes over downtown Boise every June, and it's a celebration of all things Basque, complete with food, dance, ancient traditions, sporting competitions, and much speaking of the notoriously difficult Basque language.

Famous Boise restaurants and food

Idaho is famous for its potatoes, but the state's culinary scene goes beyond that important staple. There's trout, including the state fish, the cutthroat trout. There are also many other forms of trout as well as whitefish, salmon, perch and walleye. The state also ranks third in the production of honey and hops, and fourth in the production of lentils. The fertile Idaho soils also yield onions, sweet corn, wine grapes, honey, prunes, plums and sweet cherries that are sold both domestically and abroad. It's no wonder that many Boise restaurants focus on locally sourced produce.

Downtown Boise has been ranked as one of the top 10 best downtown areas, and farm-to-fork restaurants, hip eateries, and creative culinary concepts are making Boise hipper than ever. Let us introduce you to three outstanding Boise eateries:

  • Fork Restaurant: Foodies flock to this trendy eatery that sources all of its ingredients from either the Boise area or the greater Northwest.
  • Bacon: This casual daytime bistro revolves around bacon -- even vegetarian bacon. The aptly named restaurant serves eight different types of bacon, and they grill up a strip for every minute they are open. Try the bacon and brie panini.
  • Casa Blanca Cuban Grill: It's a long way from Cuba, but this comfortable restaurant serves up authentic Cuban dishes -- think ropa vieja, tostones, and carne asada. The portions are large and the prices are quite affordable, and the aroma coming from the kitchen wins over many diners who might not yet have tried Cuban food. The restaurant's food truck roams the city and brings the legendary Cuban sandwich to you.

Boise culinary career and salary information

While cooking in itself is a pleasure and definitely more vocation than just a profession, it's also important to know the earning potential for jobs in the food industry. Aspiring Boise cooking schools might enjoy looking at earnings data for the entire state of Idaho, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


Total Employment in Idaho (2014)

Average Salary in Idaho (2014)

% Job Growth Nationwide (2012-2022)





Butchers and Meat Cutters




Chefs and Head Cooks




Food Service Managers




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

The BLS tracks data for both Boise and nearly Nampa, which is located 20 miles west of Boise. Let's have a look at that more granular data:



Total Employed (2014)

Average Salary (2014)





Butchers and Meat Cutters



Chefs and Head Cooks



Food Service Managers



What do you think about heading to one of the Boise culinary arts schools? You'd have the chance to work with farm-fresh ingredients and there will be plenty of the great outdoors to explore when you are not studying or cooking. Bring warm clothes for the winter and don't forget to brush up on your fishing skills -- fresh fished grilled on a campfire, anyone?


  • A Taste of Basque Paella Amid Idaho's Potatoes, New York Times, Kirk Johnson, August 4, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/us/an-ancient-tongue-and-paellas-scent-fill-a-boise-celebration-of-basque-roots.html?_r=0
  • Bacon, http://johnberryhillrestaurants.com/bacon/
  • Boise Visitors, http://www.boise.org/Visitors/
  • Casa Blanca Cuban Grill, http://casablancacubangrill.com/
  • Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene, Los Angeles Times, Angela Frucci, July 25, 2015, http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-escape-boise-20150726-story.html
  • Game Fish Identification, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=85
  • Get Out and Play: http://www.boise.org/Visitors/OutdoorsRec.aspx
  • Idaho Fun Facts, http://www.inidaho.com/fun_facts_list.asp
  • Idaho's minor crops, http://www.idahofb.org/index.php?action=commodities.minor
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Idaho, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Boise City-Nampa, Idaho, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_14260.htm
  • What Are Some of the Official State Foods? http://www.pbs.org/food/features/official-state-foods/

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