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Culinary Schools in Austin

Austin has long been considered Texas' hippest city. With South by Southwest, the popular music, film and interactive event leading the way, this Texas town has become a hot-spot for tech professionals and artists, who have ushered in a new era in Austin dining. Traditionally led by the incomparable Texas barbecue (the capital of Texas barbecue, Lockhart, is just 30 minutes away), Austin has greatly expanded its repertoire to include Japanese farmhouses, fusion Thai and top-notch French bistros. Food takes center stage at the highly-anticipated Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, among other Austin culinary events. The more low-key Gypsy Picnic, held in a local park, brings together more than 30 local food trucks and trailers. Although Austin is a laid-back kind of town, there's no shortage of celebrity chefs there, including Paul Qui, winner of Bravo's Top Chef. If you’re thinking of attending culinary school, Austin is definitely a top contender.

There's no Place like Texas: Austin Culinary Schools

Cooking is fun, but how's the money? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head cooks and chefs working in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos area earned mean annual wages of $53,520 as of May 2011. Employment in Texas' restaurant sector is strong and will continue growing. The National Restaurant Association projects 17 percent growth in statewide restaurant employment during the next decade, which is great news for aspiring chefs in Austin. The hours are long and the work can be demanding, but a career in the culinary arts is very rewarding. Even though formal education is not always necessary to succeed in this competitive industry, it can help to hold a degree from an Austin culinary school. Have a look at culinary schools and pastry schools in ultra-hip Austin and hone your skills in this chic Texas town.

Learn More About the Austin Culinary World
Dining Out with Rob Balon: Austin food reviews
New York Times: 36 hours in Austin
Austin FOOD & WINE Festival: culinary scene and events

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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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  • 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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  • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
  • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
  • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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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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  • 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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  • 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 Austin, Texas Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Austin Community College Culinary Arts
Culinary Academy of Austin Culinary Arts