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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 263,400 people in the restaurant industry as of early 2012 and expects to add more than 24,000 jobs by 2022. 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

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Nashville

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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.
  • Specializes in distance learning courses to award diplomas.
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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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  • Students spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Programs provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • The first Le Cordon Bleu school officially opened its doors as a culinary school in Paris in 1895.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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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