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Culinary Schools in Virginia Beach

Cooking in Virginia Beach is a culinary school graduate’s dream. The quintessential Virginia Beach experience includes feasting on fresh seafood in cozy or fancy restaurants by the boardwalk, but more and more ethnic restaurants are rounding out the area’s options. You'll find a variety of popular ethnic cuisines represented on the city's restaurant lineup including Cuban, Greek, Japanese and Jewish delis. Rockfish and Lynnhaven river oysters, which were enjoyed by the early settlers, are beloved local delicacies. In addition, Virginia Beach's numerous food festivals celebrate food all year long. The Sensible Seafood Fest, Pungo Strawberry Festival and East Coast She Crab Soup Classic take place in May while wine aficionados flock to Virginia Beach for September's Beach Wine Week.

Start Your Cooking Career: Virginia Beach Culinary Schools

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chefs and head cooks working in Virginia Beach earned mean annual wages of $43,840 as of May 2011. Statewide, restaurant jobs represented 9 percent of the Virginia economy, as reported by the National Restaurant Association, which expects employment in the sector to grow by more than 10 percent in the 2012-2022 decade. While formal culinary education is not a requirement to obtain a position in the industry, many successful chefs attend culinary school to give them the skills and credentials to help them succeed in the restaurant world. To begin chopping, peeling and prepping, take a look at the list of Virginia Beach culinary schools compiled below.

More Resources for Culinary School Students
Virginia Beach Visitor’s Bureau talks about Virginia Beach dining and culinary events
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Virginia Beach

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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 can earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
  • Campus locations in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
  • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
  • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
  • Student housing is available.
  • Part of ECPI University in Virginia, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
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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 Virginia Beach, Virginia Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Culinary Institute of Virginia Beach AAS degree in Culinary Arts