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Culinary Arts Schools in Indiana

True, Indiana residents love their hearty Midwestern food, and much of the produce grown here is corn. However, as Indiana’s agricultural landscape encompasses more than just fields of golden cornfields, this state’s culinary offerings are more than just meat and potatoes. Indiana’s artisans, for instance, produce quality honey, cheese, and organic, free range meat and dairy products, and the state’s microbreweries continue Indiana’s long history of brewing excellent beer. Food festivals, usually held during the warm summer months, include the Maple Syrup Festival, the Strawberry Festival, and the Sullivan County Corn Festival, not to mention the Dig-IN Festival and the Indiana State Fair (the latter attracting nearly 1 million visitors). Adding to the mix are Indiana chefs dedicated to slow food and local sourcing and those who have been nominated by the James Beard Foundation. Within all this, Hoosier traditionalists can still find their pork tenderloin sandwiches, corn casserole, or sugar cream pie, too. Indiana culinary schools can be an excellent resource for budding chefs who want to learn more about joining this state’s lively culinary scene.

Career Planning for Indiana Culinary School Students

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head cooks and chefs working in Indiana earned a mean annual wage of $37,410 in 2013. The National Restaurant Association reports that the food and beverage sector accounted for 10 percent of state employment and is expected to generate $9.5 billion in sales in 2014. While many great chefs started their careers in culinary school, a culinary arts degree is not always required to obtain a position. However, a formal education can be one of the many important factors that can help shape your success in the industry. Have a look at the list below of culinary schools in Indiana and give that chef's hat a twirl as you prepare for your culinary career.

Additional Resources for Culinary School Students
Indianapolis Monthly: restaurant reviews, events and more
National Restaurant Association: The Indiana Restaurant Industry at a Glance
The New York Times: 36 Hours in Indianapolis
BLS, 2013 BLS

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Other Indiana Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Ft Wayne Hospitality Management
Ivy Tech State College - Northeast Ft Wayne Hospitality Adminstration
Ivy Tech College Northwest Gary Hospitality Adminstration
Purdue University - Calumet Campus Hammond Hospitality and Tourism Management
Harrison College - The Chef's Academy - Indianapolis Indianapolis Culinary Arts
Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis Hospitality Management
International Business College-Indianapolis Indianapolis Travel and Hospitality
Ivy Tech State College - Central Indiana Indianapolis Hospitality Adminstration
Ball State University Muncie Hospitality & Food Management
Oakland City University Oakland City Hospitality and Tourism Management
Vincennes University Vincennes Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette Food Sciences and Tech.