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Culinary Schools in Charlotte

From tender brisket to lobster mac and cheese, Charlotte's culinary scene is a delicious mix of homestyle and upscale cooking. Restaurant-goers in Ballantyne, South End, and uptown can explore the likes of Cuban and Indian dishes or try out those plates that have become known as southern: fried okra, fried green tomatoes and even fried pickle chips. Many discover that pork is tops in Charlotte and that it's not uncommon to find roadside sellers setting up their smokers to the delight of weekend travelers. Whether you've got your eyes set on making the meanest BBQ around or just want to discover the newest food to deep fry, culinary schools in Charlotte are one way to sift out your goals and make a start on your plans.

Culinary Arts

Exploring Culinary School: Charlotte Opportunities

Restaurants in North Carolina employed about 10 percent of the population in 2014, according to the National Restaurant Association. Those restaurants - ranging from fast food to fine dining - are projected to register about $15.9 billion in sales during the same year. Strong wages are a hallmark of chefs and cooks in charge of Charlotte's restaurants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that chefs and head cooks working in the Charlotte, Gastonia, and Rock Hill areas earned median hourly wages of $24.36 in 2013. That's $52,280 in annual mean wages for those finding success in the occupation. Although the culinary scene is competitive in Charlotte, culinary schools can help students gain the needed kitchen skills to launch into the local food scene. Explore the list of Charlotte culinary schools below to learn more about an education that can help your career.

Additional Charlotte Culinary Arts Resources
Charlotte Observer: Eat & Drink
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers
National Restaurant Association NRA, North Carolina

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Charlotte

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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.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
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  • Offers more than 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.
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
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  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921.
  • Provides interactive course materials and unique approaches to curriculum that  support multiple learning styles.
  • 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).
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  • A private university founded in 1939.  
  • Part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities.
  • Offers bachelor’s programs that give students the option to take one 7-week course at a time and complete their degree in as few as 36 months.
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  • Has over 350 employees who provide personalized, one-on-one live student support.
  • Partnered with AmeriCorps to create the Segal AmeriCorps education award that pays up to $5,500 towards tuition.
  • Provides 100% tuition assistance for military service members who qualify.
  • Offers JANET, the Job Assistance Network that covers instruction on résumé writing, cover letters and weekly job leads for up to three years.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
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  • Features a public clinic, where massage students can gain real-world experience.
  • Provides career development advising and job placement assistance at its Student Services department.
  • Has 2 main campuses in North and South Carolina, with a branch campus in Nashville, TN.
  • Offers programs in clinical massage therapy, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, and more.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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•     Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and Best Online MBA Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

•     Listed among The Princeton Review’s 2015 Best Midwestern Colleges.

•     Student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, with most classes ranging from 10 to 19 students.

•     Online library offers 75,000 e-Books, 90,000 full-text electronic journals, and 101 databases services, available 24/7.

•     Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

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  • A cosmetology and beauty educator since 1935, with 98 beauty and cosmetology schools all over the US.
  • Employs many green initiatives on their campuses.
  • Has a professional clinic on each campus, run by senior-level students under supervision of licensed educators.
  • Offers a variety of beauty programs and cosmetology courses including cosmetology, esthetics, make-up artistry, and cosmetology educator training.
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).
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  • Several scholarship opportunities through Empire Beauty Schools to students who qualify.
  • Features a public hair and style salon where students can get real-world experience.
  • Offers programs for those looking to become hair stylists, salon and spa owners, barbers, celebrity stylists, and more.
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NAACCS).
  • 11 campuses across New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
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ECPI University , Charlotte
  • Named a Best for Vets school by the Military Times in 2014.
  • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
  • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
  • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
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  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
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  • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
  • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
  • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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Other Charlotte, North Carolina Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Central Piedmont Community College Baking & Pastry Arts
Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Campus Bachelors Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management