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Culinary Arts Schools in New York

New York is home to one of the country's largest, most diverse and eclectic culinary scenes. New York City is certainly the epicenter of all things food-related in the U.S. -- a place where millions of tourists come to visit and dine, and chefs from around the world come to study and launch new dining experiences.

From haute cuisine to food trucks, gastropub fare to sustainable dining, New York City is a melting pot of food experience, bringing together the traditional and modern, while introducing and exploring new culinary opportunities such as gastronomy into the region.

The culinary industry in New York is as expansive as it is varied. Consider the following facts about New York's restaurant industry from the National Restaurant Association:

  • 44,569 eating and drinking establishments in the state in 2013
  • $34.6 billion in sales annually
  • More than 772,000 New Yorkers employed in the food and beverage industry in 2014

Famous New York restaurants

New York is certainly no stranger to nationally and even globally recognized establishments, from the renowned Tavern on the Green in Central Park to Minetta Tavern. For its 2015 rankings, Michelin gave 1-, 2- and 3-star rankings to 72 restaurants for 2015. Six restaurants were awarded three stars -- it's highest possible rating -- five of which are located in Manhattan.

The 3-star winners included the following restaurants:

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (Brooklyn). An 18-seat restaurant helmed by Chef Cesar Ramirez, dinner at Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare is a 15-course small plate experience.

Eleven Madison Park (Manhattan). Chef Daniel Humm's restaurant is critically acclaimed, also earning the Grand Award from Wine Spectator, Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide, the Les Grandes Tables du Monde and more.

Jean-Georges (Manhattan). Founded by its namesake Jean-Georges Vongerichten in 1997, Jean-Georges is a pillar of French cuisine in the New York area and has been named one of the top five French restaurants in North and South America.

Le Bernardin (Manhattan). Chef and co-owner Eric Ripert -- one of New York's finest chefs, has brought critical acclaim to Le Bernadin, including 3-star ratings from Michelin, 4-star ratings from the New York Times, and a James Beard award for "Best Restaurant Design" in 2012.

Masa (Manhattan). Chef Masayoshi Takayama's Masa, a renowned Japanese and sushi restaurant, is not only one of the city's most unique dining experiences but one of the most expensive, costing $450 per person.

Per Se (Manhattan). Opened in 2004, Per Se is another famous New York restaurant serving French fare and is the second three-star Michelin restaurant opened by Chef Thomas Keller.

Two-star winners include Daniel, Aqavit, Soto, Marea and Blanca, while Aleda, Bouley, Betony and Tori Shin were some of the one-star winners.

But, New York City is not only dominated by expensive, Michelin 3-star winning restaurants. In fact, affordable, high-quality culinary experiences can be found nearly everywhere. Zagat named the following five restaurants as the top five best value restaurants by Zagat in 2014:

  • Chuko Ramen (Japanese)
  • SriPraPhai (Thai)
  • Paulie Gee's (Pizza)
  • Lucali (Pizza)
  • Taverna Kyclades (Greek)

New York culinary Schools & career outlook

Besides moving to France to work their way into the restaurant industry, prospective students in New York can choose from a variety of educational and career path opportunities. New York culinary Schools & Colleges are found in a variety of locations and have a range of culinary degree options. Traditionally, students at New York culinary schools can select from four major concentrations, including the following:

Through those lines of culinary training, example careers include baker, food service manager, private chef, head cook or chef and more. State-wide, overall employment projections are muted, with chefs and bakers expected to see the biggest employment gains between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).

Below is a table of state-wide average salaries and projected career growth for chefs, bakers and food service managers in New York:

OccupationTotal Employment in New York (2013)Average Salary in New York (2013)% Job Growth in New York (2012-2022)
Bakers 9,770 $25,120 5.6%
Chefs and Head Cooks 8,620 $46,620 5.2%
Food Service Managers 8,000 $53,130 1.6%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013, and Projections Central

In the state, employment potential and career earnings vary by location, from city to city, metro area to metro area.

Below is a table of 2013 average salaries in New York metropolitan areas across three of the major culinary careers: Chef, Food Service Manager, and Baker.

Metropolitan AreaOccupations2013 Average Salary
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Food Service Managers $55,150
Chefs and Head Cooks $36,780
Bakers $26,950
Binghamton, NY Food Service Managers $54,120
Chefs and Head Cooks $45,550
Bakers $23,620
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Food Service Managers $54,010
Chefs and Head Cooks $41,400
Bakers $24,750
Glens Falls, NY Food Service Managers $70,860
Chefs and Head Cooks $43,330
Bakers $29,450
Ithaca, NY Food Service Managers $49,200
Chefs and Head Cooks $35,210
Bakers $25,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division Food Service Managers $72,680
Chefs and Head Cooks $64,510
Bakers $26,650
Syracuse, NY Food Service Managers $59,710
Chefs and Head Cooks $48,060
Bakers $27,230

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

For prospective students thinking about enrolling in cooking school, New York should be at the top of any list of potential locations. With its rich culinary history to award winning restaurants, New York is certainly one of the country's most prolific food destinations -- for students, chefs, and patrons alike.

Additional Information on Culinary Colleges in New York from Chef2chef.net


  • Michelin, New York, http://www.michelintravel.com/selections/2015-new-york-michelin-selections/
  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, http://www.brooklynfare.com/pages/chefs-table
  • Jean-Georges, http://www.jean-georgesrestaurant.com/jean-georges/about/
  • Masa, http://www.masanyc.com/#experience
  • Le Bernadin, http://le-bernardin.com/about/#eric-ripert
  • National Restaurant Association, New York, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/2014/new-york
  • Projections Central, New York, projectionscentral.com
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York 2013 Occupational and Employment Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ny.htm
  • Zagat, New York, http://www.zagat.com/p/new-york-city

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Other New York Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Genesee Community College Batavia Hospitality Management
Broome Community College Binghamton Hotel/Restaurant Management: A.A.S.
Cuny Lehman College Bronx Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Monroe College - Main Campus Bronx Associate (A.A.S.) Degree Program in Culinary Arts
Cuny Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn Culinary Arts
Cuny New York City Technical College Brooklyn Hospitality Management
Erie Community College - City Campus Buffalo Culinary Arts
Suny College at Buffalo Buffalo Hospitality Administration
Trocaire College Buffalo Hospitality Services Management
Villa Maria College Buffalo Buffalo Hospitality Services Management
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua Culinary Arts
Suny College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill Culinary Arts
Suny College of Technology at Delhi Delhi Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Tompkins-Cortland Community College Dryden Hotel and Restaurant Management
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Boces Ft. Edward Culinary Arts & Related Services
Nassau Community College Garden City Hospitality and Business
Cornell University - Endowed Colleges Ithaca Hospitality Services Management
Cornell University - NY State Statutory Colleges Ithaca Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration
Saint Johns University - New York Jamaica Hospitality Management
Sullivan County Community College Loch Sheldrake Culinary Arts
Cuny La Guardia Community College Long Island City Travel,Tourism and Hospitality Management
Orange County Community College Middletown Culinary Boot Camp
Suny College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville Morrisville Food and Beverage/Restaurant Mgmt.
French Culinary Institute New York Culinary Arts
New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus New York B.P.S.: Hospitality Management
Pace University-New York New York Hospitality Services Management
Wood Tobe-Coburn School New York Travel and Hospitality
Niagara University Niagara University Hospitality Services Management
New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury Old Westbury B.P.S.: Hospitality Management
Suny College at Oneonta Oneonta Food Service & Restaurant Administration
Bryant & Stratton College – Southtowns Orchard Park Restaurant & Hotel Management Associate Degree AAS
Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science Paul Smiths Culinary Arts & Related Services
Suny College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Foods & Nutrition Studies
Suffolk County Community College - Eastern Campus Riverhead Baking & Pastry Arts
Monroe Community College Rochester Culinary Arts Certificate program
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester Hospitality and Service Management
Niagara County Community College Sanborn Culinary Arts/Chef Training
North Country Community College Saranac Lake Hospitality Services Management
Schenectady County Community College Schenectady Assistant Chef
Bryant & Stratton College – Syracuse Syracuse Restaurant & Hotel Management Associate Degree AAS
Onondaga Community College Syracuse Hospitality Management
Syracuse University Syracuse Sport Venue & Event Management
Mohawk Valley Community College-Utica Branch Utica Chef Training
Suny Westchester Commmunity College Valhalla Food Service Administration – Culinary Arts and Management
Erie Community College - North Campus Williamsville Culinary Arts
Putnam-Westchester Boces Yorktown Heights Culinary Arts/Chef Training