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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.

Exploring Culinary School: Charlotte Opportunities

Restaurants in North Carolina employed about 10 percent of the population in 2012, according to the National Restaurant Association. Those restaurants - ranging from fast food to fine dining - are projected to register about $14.7 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 $26.88 in 2011. That's $53,470 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

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Charlotte

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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