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Culinary Schools in Columbus

Columbus is the Ohio state capital, home to Ohio State University, and the site of a diverse dining scene. Here, Columbus culinary schools prepare students to work in a city that embraces culinary traditions from around the globe. Visitors can come to Columbus to take food adventure van tours sampling Middle Eastern, Nigerian, Somali, and Vietnamese food at top ethnic restaurants, take a walking tour to Short North area bistros, taste taco truck fares, or even visit a James Beard-nominated restaurant. Overall, the city has one of the 20 U.S. city chapters of Dine Originals (composed entirely of locally-owned businesses), access to fresh, local food through the city's well-known North Market, and more than 900-plus restaurants to visit. Culinary schools add to the fun: in early 2012, Columbus culinary students designed cakes replicating the statehouse, as well as the structures of eight schools and colleges in the city.

Building Your Columbus Culinary Career

After graduation, culinary school students can potentially look to any one of over 21,896 eating and dining places located statewide for a lead to launching a career. In fact, chefs and head cooks working in Columbus earned mean annual wages of $44,240 while those working in the state averaged mean wages of $41,230, according to May 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statewide, restaurants employed more than 534,300 workers, or approximately 10 percent of Ohio’s workforce, as of early 2014, according to the National Restaurant Association. While a culinary education is not needed to make a start in the industry, the training and connections available through school can be advantageous when it comes to advancing through kitchen ranks. Be sure to look at our list of culinary schools in Columbus, Ohio below as you prepare your culinary tools for success in the kitchen.

Additional Columbus Culinary Resources
National Restaurant Association: Ohio Restaurant Industry at a Glance
The Columbus Dispatch: Crave: The Columbus Dining Magazine
Occupational Employment Statistics BLS, 2013

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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.
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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    
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  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
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  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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Other Columbus, Ohio Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Bradford School - Columbus Culinary Arts
Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School. Culinary Arts
Columbus State Community College Culinary Apprenticeship Major
Ohio State University - Main Campus Food Sciences and Tech.