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Culinary Arts Schools in Kansas

Tablecloths are not always needed for dining in Kansas, but wet wipes to remove the barbecue sauce from your fingers usually help. Students attending culinary schools in Kansas can learn their craft and more in a state that's serious about its barbecue. Many Kansas food festivals revolve around the state's obsession, such as the Wichita Rib Fest or the Great American Barbecue Festival. Other events include the Greek Food Festival, now in its 51st year, the Gingerbread House Festival, and the Midwest Beer Fest. From Topeka to Junction City and from Overland Park to Salina, Kansas cooking is about simple, locally-sourced ingredients and time-honored recipes, many of which have been passed down through generations of home cooks and chefs. Ham hock and beans, crisp fried chicken and made-from-scratch desserts, such as rhubarb or blackberry pie, are staples of this hearty Midwestern cuisine. Restaurants in the state's largest metro area (Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.) go beyond slow-cooked meats, with a line-up including Spanish tapas bars and Indian eateries. Wichita is full of unusual culinary treasures, such as duck-fat french fries, elk rib-eye and yes, peanut butter and bacon burgers.

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Career Planning for Students of Kansas Culinary Schools

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head cooks and chefs working in Kansas earned a mean annual wage of $35,710 in 2013. As of 2014, 9 percent of Kansas residents worked in the food and beverage industry, and the National Restaurant Association forecasts the creation of almost 11,500 new jobs within the next decade. A degree in the culinary arts, while not essential, can give you an edge in the restaurant world. Many successful chefs started their careers with formal training, so why not follow suit and select your favorite from the list of culinary schools in Kansas below? It may just be time to start chopping, dicing and julienning your way toward a culinary career.

Additional Resources for Students at Kansas Culinary Schools
Kansas Sampler Foundation: 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine
Wichita Eagle: Restaurant reviews and restaurant scene blog
National Restaurant Association: Kansas Restaurant Industry at a Glance
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS, 2013

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Kansas .

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Other Kansas Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Butler County Community College El Dorado A.A.S. Hotel Management
American Institute of Baking Manhattan Baking Fundamentals
Kansas State University Manhattan Hotel and Restaurant Management
Johnson County Community College Overland Park Chef Apprenticeship