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New Hampshire Culinary Schools & Institutes

From Burdick chocolates to Stonyfield yogurt, some New Hampshire food is known nationwide. Other items, such as homemade ice cream from Town Docks, remain local and regional favorites. New Hampshire culinary schools offer a chance to study in an area that embraces authentic goodness, both in its food and environment.

Culinary Arts

With White Mountains in the north and coastal lowlands in the south, New Hampshire offers everything one might expect from a New England state. There are vast expanses of forest, beautiful ocean vistas and four seasons that offer ample opportunities to fish, bike, ski and rock climb among other activities. Of course, food also plays a significant role in the heritage and appeal of New Hampshire. Residents and visitors can choose from a variety of restaurants that offer locally-sourced meals that range from traditional Yankee fare to modern cuisine.

Famous restaurants in New Hampshire

Food is an important part of the New Hampshire economy. According to the National Restaurant Association, there were nearly 3,000 eating and drinking establishments in the state in 2013. They had $2.5 billion in sales and employed 10 percent of the state's workforce in 2015. New Hampshire culinary schools are busy educating the next generation of cooks, managers and restaurateurs who may go on to work in the state and beyond.

One of the benefits of studying at culinary schools in New Hampshire is the opportunity to eat at some of the state's most popular and award-winning restaurants. Students can choose from local cafes to nationally recognized fine dining establishments. Here are a few New Hampshire choices to get them started.

  • The Barley House (Concord): If you want the best burger in New Hampshire, NH Magazine says you should head to The Barley House. Operating under the tagline, "Simple food. Complex beer," the restaurant has sandwiches, appetizers and comfort food favorites in addition to hamburgers. Plus, there is a selection of craft beers, whiskey and scotch on the menu.
  • The Inn at Thorn Hill (Jackson): Travel guide Gayot says The Inn at Thorn Hills has some of the best food found in New Hampshire. The upscale resort and spa has a dining room that features locally sourced meals and an extensive wine menu.
  • Moxy (Portsmouth): Diners looking for a more trendy experience can head to Moxy, which offers modern American tapas. The head chef, Matt Louis, is a New Hampshire native and was tapped as a semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation for the 2015 Best Chef: Northeast award.
  • Hanover Street Chophouse (Manchester): Located in the state's largest city, the Hanover Street Chophouse is ranked the number one restaurant according to reviewers on travel website TripAdvisor. It's a fine dining steakhouse that's won numerous awards, including an OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014 Award for being one of the top 100 steakhouses in the country.

New Hampshire culinary career outlook

Culinary students may go on to work in a variety of occupations. They may become executive chefs, sous chefs or pastry chefs. Others may become restaurant managers, general managers or restaurant owners. Others may focus on a particular skill such as baking or bartending.

Many of these jobs may see robust growth in the coming years. The National Restaurant Association reports jobs in New Hampshire restaurants are expected to grow 8.1 percent from 2015 to 2025. Some occupations may see even greater growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The following chart looks at employment statistics for some popular occupations pursued by culinary arts graduates.

OccupationTotal Employment in New Hampshire (2014)Average Salary in New Hampshire (2014)% Job Growth in New Hampshire (2012-2022)
Chefs and Head Cooks 710 $46,280 7.1%
Bakers 490 $25,680 12.1%
Food Service Managers 1,050 $54,090 2.9%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, and Projections Central

While jobs can be found throughout the state, culinary professionals may find the most opportunities in the state's metropolitan areas. Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Dover are among the state's major employment centers. Here's how jobs compared in Manchester and Nashua.

LocationOccupationsTotal Employed (2014)Average Salary (2014)
Manchester Food Service Managers 190 $58,600
Chefs and Head Cooks 70 $44,600
Bakers 70 $23,870
Nashua Food Service Managers 170 $54,630
Chefs and Head Cooks 130 $51,690
Bakers 70 $28,640

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Most of the state's population is concentrated in the south, but those who would prefer to work in the White Mountains may find jobs in the cities of Berlin, Littleton and Groveton.

For culinary students, deciding where to pursue employment may depend upon their course of study. New Hampshire culinary schools offer a number of options with some programs leading toward degrees on the business side of the industry and others resulting in certificates or degrees focused on a hands-on skillset such as culinary arts, baking and pastry arts or even craft brewing. To find the right program for your career goals, request additional information from one or more of the schools listed below.

Sources:

  • National Restaurant Association, New Hampshire, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/2014/new-hampshire
  • Projections Central, New Hampshire, projectionscentral.com
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Hampshire, Occupational and Employment Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nh.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_75404.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Manchester, NH Metropolitan Area http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_74950.htm
  • New Hampshire Classic Foods, Visit New England, http://www.visit-maine.com/state/classic-foods-of-new-hampshire/
  • 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, James Beard Foundation, http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2015-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists
  • Awards, Hanover Street Chophouse, http://www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com/information/awards
  • Best Restaurants in Manchester, NH, TripAdvisor, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g46152-Manchester_New_Hampshire.html
  • Moxy Restaurant, http://www.moxyrestaurant.com/
  • Dining at Thorn Hill, The Inn at Thorn Hill, http://www.innatthornhill.com/dine.html
  • 2015 Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Food in New Hampshire Area, Gayot, http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/new-hampshire-best-top-10-food_inn-thorn-hill-nh_98nh.html
  • Best of NH 2014 American & Seafood Restaurants, NH Magazine, July 2014, http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-American-and-Seafood-Restaurants/
  • Famous Products Made in New Hampshire, NH Magazine, February 2014, http://www.nhmagazine.com/February-2014/Iconic-and-Great-Products-Made-in-New-Hampshire/

This list also contains online schools that accept students from New Hampshire .

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Other New Hampshire Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
New Hampshire Technical Institute Concord Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree
University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham Culinary Arts & Nutrition
Lakes Region Community College Laconia Culinary Arts
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester Culinary Arts and Baking