Culinary Schools in Salt Lake City, UT: Culinary Arts & Cooking Colleges

Culinary Schools in Salt Lake City

Surrounded by the impressive Wasatch Range and some of the best skiing in the country, Salt Lake City is the capital and most populous city in Utah. The Winter Olympics took place here in 2002, but skiers and snowboarders have flocked to the northern part of Utah for a century. Both Salt Lake City and nearby Park City aretrue meccas for powder seekers, including something very unique: a mountain for skiers only (Alta). If Park City rings a bell, it's because it's where the rich and the powerful in the movie industry converge every January, well bundled-up because of the frigid temperatures that guarantee great snow, for the legendary Sundance film festival.

With a population of just under 200,000, SLC or Salt Lake, as it's commonly known, is a big enough city to have all the amenities you would expect from a city of its size, such as top-notch universities, entertainment, attractions, restaurants, etc., but none of the headaches and hassles of very large cities (such as much time stuck in traffic). That said, SLC is part of a larger metropolitan area that includes other cities (Provo and Ogden) with a combined population of 1.1 million. This all bodes well for students who are interested in attending culinary schools in Salt Lake City.

Famous Salt Lake City restaurants and festivals

Even though Utah is largely a conservative state, some of the festivals held in SLC may surprise you, including a LGBTQ festival, the Utah Pride Festival, which lasts three days and attracts up to 20,000 visitors. Salt Lake as a long history of festivals, and many of them are food-related -- and many have been around for decades. The Greek Festival, now in its 40th year, celebrates and honors the state's Greek heritage, and it's held in September each year. As with all Greek festivals, the food takes center stage, and attendance can range up to 50,000. And as you'd expect, there's also an Italian Festival, which is also all about food with myriad vendors selling the best of Italian cuisine. Festa Italiana lasts two days and its proceeds benefit local charities. Now, in case you aren't hungry yet, let's look at three local favorite eateries that students at the Salt Lake City culinary schools might flock to for lunch or dinner:

  • Valter's Osteria: Located in downtown SLC, this somewhat pricey Italian eatery has a strong local following, and you won't be able to miss Valter (he's the one with the black-frame glasses). Try the pasta sampler and especially the gnocchi. Just like many SLC restaurants, Valter's is closed on Sundays.
  • Red Iguana 2: This is the sister restaurant of the original Red Iguana, and both restaurants serve what many say is the best Mexican food in the city, if not the state. This eatery is casual and down-to-earth. It has won every possible local award and was recently featured on the Food Network. Don't miss the cochinita pibil or any of the mole dishes.
  • Feldman's Deli: This deli might seem to be full of hungry eaters all the time, but it's worth the wait -- and yes, the pastrami alone is worth it. It's a little piece of New York right in SLC. Note: it's closed in between lunch and dinner. Leave some room for the cheesecake. You can thank us later.

Salt Lake City culinary salary and career info

Utah may not be known for its culinary scene, but there are almost always entry-level job opportunities in the larger metro areas, especially where the skiing and national parks attract large numbers of tourists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the following earnings data for food and beverage related positions in the entire state of Utah:


Total Employment in Utah (2014)

Average Salary in Utah (2014)

% Job Growth Nationwide (2012-2022)





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Because Salt Lake City is the largest metro area in Utah, students who decide to stay after graduation will find better employment opportunities and better average salaries than elsewhere in the state. Here's what to expect from culinary careers in Salt Lake City proper:



Total Employed (2014)

Average Salary (2014)

Salt Lake City




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Chefs and Head Cooks



Food Service Managers



Are you ready to pack both your skis and your knives and head to one of the Salt Lake City cooking schools? Don't forget to send us a postcard with snow-capped mountains.


  • Alta Ski Resort,
  • Festa Italiana SLC,
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Utah, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Salt Lake City, CA,
  • Feldman's Deli,
  • Red Iguana,
  • Salt Lake City Greek Festival,
  • Sundance Film Festival,
  • Utah Pride Festival,
  • Valter's Osteria,
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