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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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Other Nashville, Tennessee Culinary Schools

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