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Culinary Schools in Kansas City

In Kansas City, Midwest cuisine is only part of the story. Indeed, world-renowned barbecue and steak restaurants are one major aspect of this major metropolitan area’s culinary appeal; Arthur Bryant's Kansas City BBQ, founded in the 1920’s, has even hosted several American presidents. But add to the mix the restaurants serving Asian, seafood, Continental, Latin American, Italian, Fusion and straight-up American cuisine, budding chefs have a variety of opportunities from which to learn and grow. A number of chefs with James Beard nods and mentions in publishing circles have found success here, and more than a dozen farmer's markets in the city bring fresh ingredients to the table. Graduates of culinary schools in Kansas City and nearby can become part of this fast-paced, inventive dining scene.

Helpful to a Career: Kansas City Culinary Schools

In 2010, there were 10,600 eating and drinking places in Missouri. National Restaurant Association research in 2012 shows Missouri restaurants employing some 281,900 workers. Though landing a restaurant job in Kansas City does not require a formal education, training in the culinary field could pay off. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the 2011 mean annual wage for chefs and head cooks working in the greater Kansas City were $42,690. Look through the list of Kansas City culinary schools below to make plans for dishing up your culinary career.

Additional Kansas City Culinary Resources
The Kansas City Star reports on the city’s cutting-edge cuisine
Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association highlights notable Kansas City restaurants
National Restaurant Association: Missouri restaurant industry fast facts

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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Offers a high school diploma program through distance learning materials.
  • Specializes in distance learning courses to award diplomas.
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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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