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Culinary Arts Schools in Alabama

Alabama's slow-cooked barbecue and fried chicken are legendary. No proper Alabamian cook burns their food -- and after attending an Alabama culinary school, neither will you. Food specialties abound in Alabama, from the seafood treasures of the Gulf Coast to innovative cooking in the bustling metropolitan areas. Ethnic food has also made a splash in the Alabama culinary scene: try top-notch Indian in Birmingham or Greek in Huntsville. As an example of its culinary prowess, Alabama has a long tradition of producing contenders for the prestigious James Beard award: in 2011, three of the semifinalists were from Alabama. The state hosts a variety of food events, including the Grits Festival in Childersburg, the Okra Festival in Burkville, the Butterbean Festival in Pinson, the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores and the National Peanut Festival in Dothan in November. The year-round availability of fresh produce is a major draw for culinary professionals, and community-supported agriculture is a healthy and popular trend.

Sweet Home Alabama: Culinary Schools and Careers

Although many Alabamians are proud of their own cooking skills, they love to eat out. According to the National Restaurant Association, there were 7,517 eating and drinking places in the state as of 2013. In addition, the NRA expects employment in the sector to continue growing by 15.4 percent throughout the next decade. Regarding chef earnings, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the mean annual wage for Alabama head cooks and chefs as $45,090 in May 2013.

Does Alabama sound sweet enough for you to attend culinary school or pastry school? A degree in the culinary arts is not required to make a start in this fast-paced industry, but formal education could help you advance your career more rapidly. Get started by having a look at the list of culinary schools in Alabama below.

Additional Foodie Resources for Alabama Culinary School Students
A Year of Alabama Food shows off Alabama’s culinary gems
Bureau of Labor Statistics information for chef and head cook careers
National Restaurant Association fast facts on Alabama restaurants

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  • 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.
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  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
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  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
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  • 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 Alabama Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Auburn University Auburn Hotel and Restaurant Management (BS-HRMT)
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham Baking/Pastry Program
Virginia College in Birmingham Birmingham Culinary and Pastry Arts
Faulkner State Community College Gulf Shores Culinary Arts
Wallace State Community College Hanceville Certificate in Culinary Arts
Alabama A & M University Huntsville Food Science Program
Community College of the Air Force Maxwell-Gunter AFB Restaurant, Hotel & Fitness Management
Bishop State Community College Mobile Certificate in Commercial Food Service
Trenholm State Technical College Montgomery Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Russell County High School Seale Culinary Arts And Hospitality
Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa Culinary Arts
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Foods & Nutrition Studies
Tuskegee University Tuskegee Hospitality Services Management