Culinary Schools in San Bernardino, CA: Culinary Arts & Cooking Colleges

Culinary Schools in San Bernardino

Part of the so-called Southern California Inland Empire, the city of San Bernardino is located some 60 miles east of Los Angeles and its magnificent beaches, entertainment, and restaurants. As the county seat of the eponymous county, San Bernardino is a hub of commercial and diplomatic activity in the region, as several consulates are headquartered there, including the consulates of Guatemala and Mexico.

Attending one of the San Bernardino cooking schools might be a great idea for students who want to be close to one of the world's most vibrant cities without having to pay the cost of living associated with it. In addition, San Bernardino is also located within driving distance of Las Vegas for a quick weekend getaway. In terms of entertainment, there's the San Miguel Amphitheater, which is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the country. The aptly named Inland Empire 66ers baseball team slugs it out at downtown San Manuel Stadium. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is also plenty to do in this part of the state, mainly courtesy of the impressive San Bernardino Mountains and artificial lakes (reservoirs) in the area. Big Bear Ski Resort is located just 45 miles northeast of San Bernardino, and it's the quickest way to hit the slopes in Southern California. Skiing here dates back to the late 1930s, when the ski resort debuted with a single lift, and continues to this day. And we bet you didn't know that San Bernardino is where the small McDonald's museum is located -- right on the site of the first-ever McDonald's. How about that for a field trip for students at one of the San Bernardino cooking schools? Read on for more information about the city, its restaurants, and its earning data for food and beverage professionals.

Famous San Bernardino restaurants and festivals

San Bernardino might not have a lot of culinary superstars nor complicated fusion and molecular cuisine, but that isn't to say that great food cannot be had here. While it is true that big national chains can dominate the culinary scene here a bit, there are also unique and independently owned eateries, just like you would find in Los Feliz or Melrose in Los Angeles. Let's have a look at just three local favorites that students at San Bernardino culinary schools might like:

  • The Castaway: The popular Sunday brunch spot has a spectacular view of the valley and the San Bernardino Mountains and features a lovely outdoor seating area. It's romantic and secluded, and the view and the ambience definitely take center stage. This is a place that could be located in Santa Monica, but it just happens to be on a hill in San Bernardino.
  • In-n-Out Burger: Yes, we are talking about the burger chain, and yes, it originated in Southern California, so it's a good fit for this list. If you have not yet had a double-double, you are in for a treat. This is simple American cooking at its best and freshest. Nothing is every frozen here, and the hand-cut fries are quite addictive.
  • Blue Pitt Café: Inspired by the owners' pit bull Blue, this chic and modern sandwich café features bread made on premises every day -and we hear the jalapeno cheese bread is to-die-for. This restaurant has quite a local following, and diners are lamenting the fact that Blue Pitt is only open for breakfast and lunch.

San Bernardino culinary salary and career outlook

Aspiring San Bernardino culinary arts school students will have the whole of Southern California at their disposal after graduation. And California is a big state. Those who head north will also find the Bay Area to be ripe with jobs and a fresh culinary scene, while those moving inland will find many small towns built around agriculture and farming. If you choose to stay in California, here is some statewide salary and job growth data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


Total Employment in California (2014)

Average Salary in California (2014)

% Job Growth (nationwide, 2012-2022)





Butchers and Meat Cutters




Chefs and Head Cooks




Food Service Managers




Those who stay in the San Bernadino area may have fewer job opportunities, but the competition may be a little more lax. The BLS has grouped San Bernardino with two other nearby cities to create the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area, for which the data below has been compiled:



Total Employed (2014)

2014 Average Salary

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario




Butchers and Meat Cutters



Food Service Managers



We know that picking the right culinary school can be quite a challenge, and if you have been considering San Bernardino for your next career stop, we hope to have made it a bit easier for you. Browse the listings below to find a school that's right for you.


  • Blue Pitt Café,
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates California, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
  • Original McDonald's Site and Museum,
  • Ski Big Bear,
  • The Castaway San Bernardino,
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