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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 21,000 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 $44,310 while those working in the state averaged mean wages of $39,950, according to May 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statewide, restaurants employed more than 530,000 workers, or approximately 10 percent of Ohio’s workforce, as of early 2012, 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

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Columbus

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
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  • 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.
  • Offers a high school diploma program through distance learning materials.
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  • 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).
  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921. 
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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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  • 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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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.