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Culinary Arts Schools in Hawaii

All the way from the Big Island to Kauai and to Maui, culinary schools in Hawaii can help you learn about the islands' multi-ethnic culinary traditions and gain knowledge of their diverse and delicious foods. Every chef -- and culinary student -- in Hawaii can take advantage of nature's bounty, such as cattle raised on the pastures of Hawaii's Big Island. The fertile soils in Upcountry Maui supply the islands with many culinary treasures, including citrus, vegetables and sweet Maui onions. Some of the highest-quality fish in the Pacific is caught daily off the coasts of the Hawaiian islands. In fact, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, which blends Hawaii's ethnic flavors with other cuisines in innovative ways, was created by 12 Hawaii chefs, including Philippe Padovani and Peter Merriman. The islands feature plenty of high-end restaurants, but there are also many good burger joints, affordable hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants, and plenty of casual bars with tropical drinks served in a pineapple. In fact, Masaharu Morimoto, a star of the program "Iron Chef America," recently opened his first Hawaii restaurant in Waikiki.

Cooking in Paradise: Attend a Hawaii Culinary School

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, successful head cooks and chefs working in Hawaii earned a mean annual wage of $52,700 in 2011. Restaurant positions represent 13 percent of Hawaiian jobs, as reported by the National Restaurant Association. Visitors and locals can delight their taste buds at the more than 3,000 eating and dining places on the islands. You don't necessarily need a degree in the culinary arts to become a great chef, but formal training could give you an advantage over others eager to make a start. Have a look at the list of Hawaii culinary schools we have listed below and get ready to sharpen your knives for a culinary experience in paradise.

Additional Resources for Hawaii Culinary Students
University of Hawaii compiles Hawaii regional recipes
Hawaii Tourism highlights chefs and restaurants serving Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers

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Other Hawaii Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Hawaii Community College - Hilo Campus Hilo Food Services (AAS)
Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu Travel Industry Management
Heald College School of Business and Technology Honolulu Hospitality and Tourism
Kapiolani Community College Honolulu Culinary Arts
Travel Institute of the Pacific Honolulu Culinary Arts/Chef Training
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu Hospitality Services Management
Maui Culinary Academy Kahului Culinary Arts
University of Hawaii - Maui College Kahului Culinary Arts (AAS)
Hawaii Community College - Kona Campus Kealakekua Food Services (AAS)
Brigham Young University - Hawaii Campus Laie B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Kauai Community College Lihue Culinary Arts
Leeward Community College Pearl City Culinary Arts