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Culinary Arts Schools in Missouri

Have your sights on a Missouri culinary school? With Missouri restaurants serving up unique food offerings like toasted ravioli and Ozark pudding, sweet white wines in places like Hermann or green tomato pie in the capital of St. Louis, you know that you’ve picked a great place for it. The 10,727 eating and drinking sites operating in Missouri show that dining and restaurant experiences are widespread in the state. Outside of the bigger towns, the culinary richness continues in the state's Ozarks region, where diners enjoy the richness found in skillet corn bread, smoked trout cakes, gooseberry pie and more.

In fact, there never seems to be a dull moment in the culinary scene in the state: there's the Missouri Food and Wine Festival in Branson, the Annual Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival in Springfield and the Annual Mushroom Festival in Richmond. The state also offers an underground dining scene for those interested in meeting with friends and colleagues in truly unique places -- like an office or gallery -- for dining experiences, but also provides food trucks, farm-to-fork based dining and even pop-up restaurants that are equally enticing.

Career Outlook and Culinary Schools in Missouri

The state’s culinary scene, food markets and festivals provide a great backdrop for Missouri culinary school training. Overall, it pays off to work hard. Restaurant jobs account for 11 percent of all statewide employment, according to the National Restaurant Association. Some 18,600 new jobs are expected to appear in-state in the sector between 2014 and 2024. Chefs and head cooks working in Missouri earned mean wages of $43,250 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While an education is by no means requisite for culinary success, it could help workers to pull out all the stops when it comes to showcasing their true culinary talent. Culinary schools in Missouri could be the answer that's needed, so explore the list of schools below and start prepping for your future.

Additional Epicurean Resources for Students at Missouri Culinary Schools
Sauce Magazine: Intelligent Content for the Food Fascinated
The New York Times: 36 Hours in Kansas City
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on a career as a chef or head cook
National Restaurant Association information on Missouri’s restaurants

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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
  • Teaches students by having them spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • Has 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
  • A team of about 4,000 faculty members are focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Academic programs available in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Program Coordinators work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 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.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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L'Ecole Culinaire , Kansas City
  • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
  • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
  • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
  • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
  • Memphis campus has a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
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Other Missouri Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Lake Career and Technical Center Camdenton Culinary Arts
University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia Hospitality Management
Jefferson College Hillsboro Culinary Arts
Saline County Career Center Marshall Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Foods & Nutrition Studies
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout Culinary Arts
Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield Baking Arts
Southwest Missouri State University Springfield Hospitality and Restaurant Administration
Forest park community college St Louis Culinary Arts
Patricia Stevens College St Louis Hospitality Management and Tourism
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park St Louis Baking & Pastry Arts
Saint Louis University - Main Campus St Louis Hospitality Management
LEcole Culinaire St. Louis Culinary Arts
East Central College Union Hospitality & Culinary Arts
Waynesville Technical Academy Waynesville Culinary Arts/Chef Training