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Culinary Schools in Nashville

Nashville might be primarily known for its music -- but musicians and music fans have to eat, too. In Music City, that means foodies want as much soul in their food as they do in their music. Real Southern cookin', soul food, and amazing barbecue are staples in this culinary destination. Fantastic local food and drink happenings include Cupcake-Palooza in March, the Iron Fork competition in April, a television show called "Pour Taste", and even a play about drinking in Nashville called "Bye Bye Liver".

Good for the Soul Food: Culinary Schools in Nashville, TN

Attending culinary arts school in Nashville, students have a chance to work with these amazing soul-food chefs, who aren't just forming new communities around locally-owned restaurants, they're also appearing in hot new cookbooks and publications nationwide. Yes, even Food & Wine magazine has been taking note of the culinary delights coming out of Music City -- from beautiful breakfast sandwiches to classy coconut saffron cakes. Nashville is also seeing a rise in gourmet food trucks, which is great news for anyone looking to start off in the foodie business. As a whole, the state employed 283,000 people in the restaurant industry as of early 2014 and expects to add more than 24,500 jobs by 2024. In fact, restaurant jobs currently represent 10 percent of employment positions in the state, according to the National Restaurant Association. Potential students looking to become a part of this growing food culture should get cookin' and check out the list of Nashville culinary schools below.

Additional Resources for Culinary Arts Students
The Nashville Originals: a group of local restaurateurs
The Daily Meal and the Nashville Originals Restaurant Week
Nashville Scene: Bites Food Blog
National Restaurant Association NRA, Tennessee

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Nashville

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
  • A team of about 4,000 faculty members are focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Academic programs available in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
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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.
  • 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.
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Penn Foster , Online
  • 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.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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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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Other Nashville, Tennessee Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Nashville State Technical Institute Culinary Arts Technical Certificate
Tennessee State University Hospitality Services Management