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Culinary Arts Schools in Louisiana

Students looking for culinary schools in Louisiana will find that the state, a melting pot of traditions, is a great place to both study and cook. Traces of French, Spanish, Portuguese, African, Caribbean and Native American cooking can all be found throughout the two main types of Louisiana cooking, Creole and Cajun. Both employ seafood and rice often and always build off the “trinity” of celery, bell peppers and onions. Louisiana’s “gumbo” derives from an African word for okra, and jambalaya is a descendent of Spain’s paella. Culinary students can additionally note that celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme established their first restaurants in Louisiana.

Louisiana Culinary Schools and Restaurants

Restaurants have a healthy showing in Louisiana, and give back to the overall economy. As pointed out by the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA), Louisiana’s restaurant community employs over 189,000 people, or 9 percent of all Louisiana residents, making eating and drinking establishments the largest private retail employment sector in the state. The restaurant sector is expected to add more than 17,000 jobs over the next 10 years. And for each dollar spent in a dining establishment, the LRA says, 96 cents is generated in sales for other businesses in Louisiana. Tourism and hospitality are additionally counted as integral elements of the state’s economic health, thanks to its parks, museums, heritage sites, and famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

Indeed, it is possible to find chef, hospitality management, and baking positions without postsecondary training. However, degree programs can help build important skill sets and move a career forward.

For this, culinary schools in Louisiana and nearby offer a range of programs and degrees. Take the first step towards a career where you can fine tune your cooking skills and call upon your creativity.

Additional Resources for Culinary Students
Louisiana Restaurant Association information on Louisiana's restaurant industry
Additional information on celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme
An introduction to Creole and Cajun cuisine from the Gumbo Pages

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Other Louisiana Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Capital Area Technical College - Baton Rouge Campus Baton Rouge Culinary Arts and Occupations
Louisiana Culinary Institute Baton Rouge Advanced Baking and Pastry
Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan Main Campus Bogalusa Culinary Arts & Occupations
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Grambling State University Grambling Hotel/Restaurant Management
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes Branch Campus Greensburg Culinary Arts & Occupations
Acadiana Technical College - Lafayette Campus Lafayette Culinary Arts and Occupations
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette Foods & Nutrition Studies
Sclafani Cooking School, Inc Metairie Commercial Cook/Baker Hotel
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches Culinary Arts
Delgado Community College New Orleans Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science
Delgado Community College - City Park Campus New Orleans Catering
University of New Orleans New Orleans Hospitality and Tourism Management
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport Event Management
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University Thibodaux Culinary Arts