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Culinary Arts Schools in Rhode Island

Why pursue a culinary education in Rhode Island? Whether its quahogs, johnnycakes or snail salad, the food scene in the "Ocean State" is unique and gives students of culinary schools in Rhode Island ample opportunities to enhance their education. Residents and visitors never tire of the region’s seafood, enjoy locally-made products, and appreciate well-prepared great tasting food. Restaurants in the state include innovative farm-to-table dining establishments and time-tested, well-loved coast eateries. One restaurant famous for its clam cakes, Aunt Carrie’s in Narragansett, was even honored as one of “America’s Classics” during a 2007 James Beard Award ceremony. There’s no shortage of relatively newer eating places (Chef Matt Jennings’ Farmstead store and restaurant in  Providence, for one) also being recognized by the James Beard Foundation and in culinary publications such as Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Travel and Leisure. Celebrating these dining offerings, the state's Restaurant Week is held annually in May. Following graduation from culinary school, Rhode Island students may tap into these resources and more.

Career Opportunities for Students of Rhode Island Culinary Schools

How do restaurant jobs stack up? Head cooks and chefs working in Rhode Island earned a mean annual wage of $50,550 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, restaurant jobs account for 11 percent of all employment positions in the state, according to the National Restaurant Association. Additionally, a 6.1 percent job growth is predicted in the restaurant sector from 2014 to 2024, the association reports. While not every successful chef starts his or her career in culinary school, a formal degree could be beneficial when gaining stellar skills in the kitchen. Get your Epicurean taste buds moving by checking out the list of culinary schools in Rhode Island below and taking steps toward a career in the kitchen.

Additional Resources for Culinary School Students
Rhode Island restaurants, old and new: Aunt Carrie’s and Farmstead
The New York Times: 36 hours in Newport, R.I.
National Restaurant Association fast facts on the Rhode Island restaurant industry
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers

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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Rhode Island .

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Other Rhode Island Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Johnson & Wales University - Providence Campus Providence Bachelors Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management