dcsimg

Culinary Arts Schools in Washington, D.C.

The food scene in Washington, D.C. has possibly never been better. It offers up a vibrant mix of restaurants catering to diners of every taste and budget. The downtown district provides excellent fine dining and may be the first choice of the area's political and business power players. Outside the downtown, various pockets of ethnic cuisine can be found, from standards like Italian and Chinese to the unexpected such as Ethiopian and Salvadoran.

Culinary Arts

Not only does the city have excellent restaurants, but Washington, D.C. is home to award-winning chefs, bakers and restaurateurs. All told, the city may add up to be the perfect place to study for a culinary career. Culinary arts schools in Washington, DC. may seek to capitalize on the robust food scene as they prepare the next generation of head chefs and hospitality managers.

Food scene in Washington, D.C.

Students at culinary schools in Washington, D.C. will find plenty of food-related events and activities to keep them occupied between classes. They can head to the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art to see Julia Child's kitchen, take a food tour or take a short drive to the nearby wine country. There are also food trucks, farmers markets and food festivals throughout the year.

What's more, up-and-coming culinary professionals may want to get acquainted with the some of the hot names currently working in the area, including these James Beard Foundation award finalists and semifinalists.

  • Mark Furstenberg: Mark Furstenberg has been bringing traditional European breads to D.C. customers since 1990. Since then, he has owned several businesses and worked as a consultant. In 2014, he opened the bakery Bread Furst and was subsequently named a finalist for the 2015 Outstanding Baker Award from the James Beard Foundation.
  • Erik Bruner-Yang: Heading up the kitchen at Toki Underground, Erik-Bruner-Yang has been recognized as one of the fresh faces to watch on the culinary scene. He was nominated for the 2013 The People's Best New Chef award from Food & Wine Magazine, and he's a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Chef of the Year honor from the James Beard Foundation.
  • Ashok Bajaj: Ashok Bajaj founded Knightsbridge Management LLC in 1989 and has gone on to become of the most celebrated restaurateurs in the Washington D.C. area. Bajaj has earned numerous accolades throughout the years, including a spot on the semifinalist list for the 2015 Best Restaurateur award from the James Beard Foundation.

Famous restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The restaurants mentioned above only scratch the surface of what is available here. TripAdvisor reports there are nearly 2,500 places to eat in the city. With so many choices, students at culinary arts schools in Washington, D.C. may have trouble narrowing their choices. Here are a couple suggestions to start them off.

  • Corduroy: This fine dining establishment is one of the highest rated restaurants in the area, according to Zagat. It's located in a historic building that only adds to the elegance of its upscale meals which are based on local ingredients.
  • Rasika: Also highly rated by Zagat, Rasika serves up modern Indian fare. It's part of the Knightbridge Restaurant Group and has two locations: one in Penn Quarter and the other in the West End. Rasika was named one of the 101 best restaurants in the country by The Daily Meal.
  • Jaleo: The James Beard Foundation named Jaleo a semifinalist for its 2015 Outstanding Restaurant Award. It's a tapas restaurant and one of four locations serving up what it calls "a different side of Spain."

Jobs for culinary arts students

Overall, the Washington, D.C. leisure and hospitality industry employed 68,700 people in March 2015. When the greater metro area, including Arlington and Alexandria, is considered, that number jumps to 240,400 workers.

Graduates of culinary arts schools in Washington, D.C. may go on to pursue a variety of career paths. Some may become restaurateurs like Ashok Bajaj. Others may strive to be the next hot chef, a la Erik Bruner-Yang. But even for those who don't become award-winners or celebrity chefs, there are plenty of culinary job opportunities waiting in Washington, D.C.

The following chart outlines the current job market in the D.C. metro area.

OccupationTotal Employment - 20142014 Annual Mean WageJob Growth (2012-22)
Chefs and Head Cooks 3,350 $58,890 4.3%
Bakers 2,500 $30,390 0.5%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Prep and Service 17,980 $37,870 15.2%
Food Service Managers 4,190 $67,460 5.2%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, and Projections Central

Caterers, bartenders, sommeliers and private cooks are among the other culinary careers available in Washington, D.C.

Of course, job prospects can vary depending upon an individual's education and experience. While some employers may not require any formal education, others may prefer to hire those who have completed a program from one of the culinary schools in Washington DC or a similar institution. Depending on the school, some programs may also connect students with alumni or industry professionals who can assist in a job search.

To find out more about what each school offers, contact one or more of the institutions listed below for more details.

Sources:

  • Projections Central, District of Columbia, https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • Economy at a Glance, District of Columbia, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.dc.htm
  • Economy at a Glance, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.dc_washington_md.htm
  • May 2014 Occupational Employment Statistics, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_47900.htm
  • Washington DC Restaurants, Zagat, https://www.zagat.com/p/washington-dc#filter/vertical=46&orderby=score_food&sort=desc&page=1
  • 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2015, The Daily Meal, http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/101-best-restaurants-america-2015-slideshow?slide=43#43
  • The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, James Beard Foundation, http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2015-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists
  • Washington D.C. Restaurants, Fodor's Travel, http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/district-of-columbia/washington-dc/restaurants/
  • DC for Foodies, http://washington.org/DC-guide-to/dc-foodies
  • About Mark, Bread Furst, http://www.breadfurst.com/#!mark-furstenberg/cjxg
  • Toki Underground, http://tokiunderground.com
  • Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, http://knightsbridgerestaurantgroup.com/about.html

This list also contains online schools that accept students from District Of Columbia .

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
1 Program(s) Found
  • 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.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • 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.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
1 Program(s) Found
  • 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    
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
1 Program(s) Found
  • 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).
Show more [+]
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • Has over 350 employees who provide personalized, one-on-one live student support.
  • Partnered with AmeriCorps to create the Segal AmeriCorps education award that pays up to $5,500 towards tuition.
  • Provides 100% tuition assistance for military service members who qualify.
  • Offers JANET, the Job Assistance Network that covers instruction on résumé writing, cover letters and weekly job leads for up to three years.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses

•        Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

•        More than $14 million in scholarships and grants are available per year to students who qualify.

•        100% online programs include 7 baccalaureate degrees, 11 associate’s degrees, 7 diplomas, and an MBA program.

•        Holds partnerships with many business and organizations to help create beneficial work opportunities for students and graduates.

•        Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • Based in Winter Park, FL, Full Sail University offers an innovative approach to learning.
  • Entertainment and media design programs are offered on campus and online.
  • With more than 37,000 alumni, Full Sail University graduates have worked in many different roles for some of the industry’s most well-known companies and contributed to countless notable projects
  • Through Project LaunchBox™, students in most programs receive a MacBook Pro pre-equipped with professional software at a deep institutional discount.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid

•        Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.

•        85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

•        Regionally accredited by the Igher LearningRfdsafdsafdsafdsafdsafsaHigher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Online Courses
  • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
  • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
  • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • A private university founded in 1939.  
  • Part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities.
  • Offers bachelor’s programs that give students the option to take one 7-week course at a time and complete their degree in as few as 36 months.
  • Provides 18 month programs for a master of arts in organizational leadership, digital media, and more.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Ranked 21st among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Offers online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in health systems administration, international health, and more.
  • Instructs with a blend of interactive online class sessions, social connections between peers and faculty, and real-world clinical experiences.
  • Houses a multimillion-dollar research program that receives funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, The Commonwealth Fund, and more.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Ranked #20 in the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Ranked among the Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs in 2014 by The Princeton Review.
  • Ranked among America’s Top Colleges in 2013 by Forbes.
  • Offers over 90 undergraduate majors across 10 colleges, with numerous programs ranked among the top programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Has famous alumni such as Sergey Brin the co-founder of Google, Kevin Blank the Founder of Under Armour Athletic Gear, and more.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits