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Culinary Schools in Houston

Houston culinary schools offer aspiring chefs and culinary artists the chance to hone their skills in one of America's top food cities. Rather than following food trends, Houston expresses its unique culinary voice by incorporating local flavors and ethnic traditions in new and unusual ways, and by taking full advantage of the fresh seafood and agricultural outputs available in the area. Whether enjoying Cajun classics like crawfish étoufée or a juicy steak entree, Houston foodies know that the culinary scene in the Bayou City is unlike any other.

Restaurant-Goers, Restaurant Careers and Houston Culinary Schools

As the fourth-largest U.S. city, Houston is home to a devoted population of food lovers. In fact, a 2011 LivingSocial Dine Out survey found that Houstonians reportedly eat out more than 270 times per year. According to 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Texas as a whole has one of the highest employment levels for chefs and head cooks in the nation; chefs and head cooks working in the Houston metropolitan area earned mean annual wages of $51,630. Though formal training is not usually a requirement for jobs in the industry, culinary schools in Houston can provide aspiring chefs with the skills and confidence to pursue a culinary career in one of America's top food cities. Join the ranks of the city’s best chefs and bakers and search through our list below to discover more about the culinary schools Houston has to offer.

Additional Resources for Houston Culinary Arts Students
Houston Visitors Bureau outlines award-winning restaurants and chef-driven food tours
Houston Business Journal Blog describes Houston’s top spot in the LivingSocial Survey

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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.
  • Program Coordinators 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Other Houston, Texas Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre Baking and Pastry Arts
Houston Community College System Baking & Pastry Arts
San Jacinto College - North Campus Culinary Arts/Chef Training
University of Houston - University Park Hotel & Restaurant Management