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Culinary Arts Schools in Utah

Utah may be better known for world-class skiing than food, but the latter is quickly gaining steam. In 2012, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Salt Lake City one of the five fastest-growing foodie cities in America. Nearby Park City has become a haven for world-class restaurants and chefs, and major metros like Ogden and Provo are following suit. This restaurant boom is so significant that the National Restaurant Association expects the state to have one of the five fastest-growing markets in the country between 2015 and 2025 -- a promising projection for students attending culinary schools in Utah.

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Famous Utah restaurants and cuisine

Utah's culinary prowess is a new phenomenon. Salt Lake Magazine reports that many Utah food traditions can be traced back to early Native Americans and pioneers. But according to The Atlantic, the state's sizable Mormon population has made significant contributions to Utah's cuisine, with potluck-style dishes and casseroles that often use simple ingredients such as canned goods, powdered food, potatoes and beans.

A 2014 article from Utah's Office of Economic Development likened Utah's emerging restaurant scene to a tiny green shoot pushing through the soil: business is blossoming, but the industry has not entirely forgone its more humble roots. Many of Utah's most famous restaurants still serve the simple, accessible cuisine for which the state is known. Combined with newer, trendier additions, these venues offer an impressive spectrum of culinary options. Here are some of Utah's top restaurants and chefs, as rated by publications like Salt Lake Magazine and Wine Spectator Magazine.

  • Lamb's Grill (Salt Lake City): Founded in 1919 by Greek immigrant George P Lamb, Lamb's Grill is the oldest continuous restaurant in Utah. This upscale eatery is known as much for its retro decor as its famous burgers, pasta, fish and steak.
  • High West Distillery & Saloon (Park City): Utah's first post- prohibition bar, High West bills itself as the "world's only ski-in gastro-distillery." Its western-inspired menu and whisky have earned accolades from the James Beard Foundation, Malt Advocate Magazine and more.
  • Log Haven (Salt Lake City): Salt Lake Magazine calls it the "quintessential Northern Utah restaurant." Set in a historic log cabin in the Wasatch National Forest, Chef David Jones's farm-to-table menu is locally sourced and features a delicious sampling of New American cuisine.
  • Mariposa Restaurant at Deer Valley Resort (Park City): The Park City Area Restaurant Association notes that this popular restaurant earns high marks from Zagat and Wine Spectator Magazine, and has been named best on-mountain restaurant in the world by SKI Magazine readers almost every year since 1989. Chef Clark Norris was the first chef in Utah to be invited to the James Beard Foundation.
  • Forage (Salt Lake City): According to Eater, this award-winning Salt Lake City restaurant could hold its own in major culinary centers like New York and Chicago. It is the brainchild of the famed Chef Viet Pham, a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef alum
  • J&G Grille at St. Regis Deer Crest Resort (Park City): This Park City area fine dining venue launched by James Beard Award winning Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten was named one of the best restaurants in Utah by Salt Lake Magazine in 2015

These top restaurants and other critically acclaimed venues, like PAGO and The Paris Bistro, support a thriving culinary market that offers tremendous opportunity for students attending culinary arts schools in Utah.

Utah culinary schools & career outlook

Projections from the National Restaurant Association and Projections Central suggest Utah's culinary industry is not just growing: it is one of the fastest-growing markets in the country. Culinary schools in Utah offer students training in number high-demand fields, including these popular areas:

  • Culinary arts
  • Baking & pastry arts
  • Culinary management
  • Hospitality management

Students who graduate culinary arts schools in Utah will be poised to take advantage of the opportunities emerging from the state's booming culinary market. The following table details typical earnings and career outlook for chefs, bakers and food service managers in Utah:

OccupationTotal Employment in Utah (2013)Average Salary in Utah (2013)% Job Growth in Utah (2012-2022)
Chefs and Head Cooks 910 $43,310 19.5%
Bakers 2,220 $25,000 17.8%
Food Service Managers 1,280 $54,210 21.1%

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

Students attending culinary schools in Utah may have their sights set on specific regions within the state. This table highlights estimated culinary employment and earnings in the state's largest metros, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

LocationOccupationsTotal Employed (2013)Average Salary (2013)
Salt Lake City Food Service Managers 600 $59,590
Chefs and Head Cooks 560 $46,910
Bakers 1,190 $25,440
Ogden Food Service Managers 270 $44,120
Chefs and Head Cooks N/A $30,970
Bakers 340 $24,260
Provo Food Service Managers 190 $50,520
Chefs and Head Cooks 80 $47,490
Bakers 310 $26,950

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

According to the Utah Office of Tourism, all of these metros offer thriving culinary scenes. Culinary arts schools in Utah can help future professionals take advantage of these new opportunities. So start moving forward on your career: browse through the list of culinary schools in Utah and nearby to find the schools and programs that fit your needs.

Sources:

  • "Top 10: Utah's signature foods," The Salt Lake Tribiune, May 17, 2011, Kathy Stephenson, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/51637367-80/aggie-amet-bear-b urgers.html.csp
  • "Jell-O Love: A Guide to Mormon Cuisine," The Atlantic, March 24, 2010, Scarlett Lindeman, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/03/jell-o-love-a-guide-to-mormon-cuisine/37929/
  • "Dining Awards: 25 Best Restaurants in Utah," Salt Lake Magazine, February 18, 2015, Mary Brown Malouf, http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/02/18/dining-awards-25-best-restaurants-in-utah/
  • Lamb's Grill, http://lambsgrill.com/about.php
  • "Utah Restaurant Industry At a Glance," National Restaurant Association, 2015, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/2015/UT_Restaurants2015
  • "America's 5 New Foodie Cities," Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August, 2014, http://www.winemag.com/August-2014/Americas-New-Foodie-Cities/index.php/slide/Salt-Lake-City/cparticle/5
  • "Land of Milk and Honey: Utah's Local Food Fuels an Exciting Culinary Scene," Business in Utah, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, 2014, Pamela M. Olson, http://business.utah.gov/publications/land-milk-honey/
  • High West Distillery & Saloon, http://www.highwest.com/
  • J&G Grill, http://www.jggrilldeercrest.com/
  • Best New Chefs, Food & Wine, 2011, http://www.foodandwine.com/best_new_chefs/bowman-brown-viet-pham
  • "May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates," Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm
  • "May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Utah," Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ut.htm
  • "The Park City Area Restaurant Association: Award," Park City Area Restaurant Association, 2015, http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com/resources/Press_Releases/2015_PCARA_Press_Kit__Awards.pdf
  • "Local Chefs," Local, Food & Nightlife, Utah Office of Tourism, http://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/food-nightlife/local-chefs

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Utah .

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Other Utah Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Davis Applied Technology Center Kaysville Culinary Arts
Bridgerland Applied Technology Center Logan Basic Restaurant and Catering
Utah State University Logan Food Science
Odgen-Weber Applied Technology Center Ogden Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Utah Valley State College Orem Culinary Arts
Brigham Young University Provo Dietetics
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Culinary Arts/Chef Training