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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.

Culinary Arts

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 $39,920 as of May 2013. Employment in Texas' restaurant sector is strong and will continue growing. The National Restaurant Association projects 15.3 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
National Restaurant Association NRA, Texas
Occupational Employment Statistics BLS, 2013

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
  • Teaches students by having them spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • Has 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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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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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Offers more than 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.
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
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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.
  • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
  • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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  • Has been training students for creative careers since 1921.
  • Provides interactive course materials and unique approaches to curriculum that  support multiple learning styles.
  • 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).
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Other Austin, Texas Culinary Schools

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