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Culinary Schools in Las Vegas

So long, cheap buffets. The 90s ushered in a new era in Las Vegas dining. Spearheaded by Wolfgang Puck's legendary Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas quickly became one of the top culinary destinations in the country. With more Michelin-starred restaurants than New York, this is the nation's premier foodie destination. Just ask world-famous chefs Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, who have all set up highly acclaimed restaurants in this famous desert town. Food has taken center stage in Vegas.

A Paradise for Foodies and Las Vegas Culinary Schools

Las Vegas residents take advantage of their culinary wonderland, where they can find everything from top-notch Vietnamese to gourmet French food, and eat out a lot: 3.3 times a week, according to the Zagat Survey. They also spend quite a bit, as Vegas restaurant bills lead the nation with an average check of $47.53. That said, there are plenty of tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants in town, starting with Chinatown, which is in vogue again, and the food trucks that have taken Vegas street corners by storm.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chefs and head cooks working in Las Vegas earned mean annual wages of $53,570 as of May 2013. It's not surprising that with a city full of superstar chefs, future superstar chefs are made there, too. While a degree is not a requirement to enter the world of food and beverage, graduating from a culinary school could greatly improve your chance for success. According to data from the National Restaurant Association, employment in the Nevada restaurant sector is expected to grow nearly 14.7 percent during the next decade. Have a look at the baking and pastry schools and the culinary schools Las Vegas has to offer to start moving your career forward.

Additional Resources for Culinary Arts Students in Las Vegas
National Restaurant Association on Nevada’s restaurant sector
Eating Las Vegas: Las Vegas food reviews by the city's resident foodie
Vegas Seven: Adventures in Las Vegas dining
Occupational Employment Statistics BLS, 2013

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  • Students spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
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  • The first Le Cordon Bleu school officially opened its doors as a culinary school in Paris in 1895.
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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    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
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  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
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  • 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 Las Vegas, Nevada Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
College of Southern Nevada Casino Management
University of Nevada - Las Vegas Beverage Management