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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 2013, there were 10,727 eating and drinking places in Missouri. National Restaurant Association research in 2014 shows Missouri restaurants employing some 281,700 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 2013 mean annual wage for chefs and head cooks working in the greater Kansas City were $43,470. 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
Occupational Employment Statistics BLS, 2013

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L'Ecole Culinaire , Kansas City
  • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
  • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
  • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
  • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
  • Memphis campus has a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
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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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  • 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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Penn Foster , Online
  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • 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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  • 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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