Culinary Schools in Spokane, WA: Culinary Arts & Cooking Colleges

Culinary Schools in Spokane

Located in northwestern Washington and close to the Canadian border, Spokane is a picturesque town that sits on the river it's named after. With a population of around 200,000, Spokane is the second-largest city in the state. However, it's small enough that you can get pretty much everywhere within 15 minutes, and tends to be very bike-friendly. There are some 20 golf courses in the area for those who like to hit the links, and the city is also home to the largest timed footrace in the world, the seven-mile Lilac Bloomsday Run, which attracts some 50,000 runners.

A big part of the local economy in Spokane is fueled by agriculture, as Washington is full of fertile farmlands. This makes it a great place to be for aspiring chefs. Whitewater rafting is also a very popular pastime here, so you might enjoy cooling off in a river after spending a hot week of learning in a kitchen at one of the Spokane cooking schools. With more than 70 lakes and five national parks within driving distance, Spokane is a nature lover's dream.

While the Northwest is generally not known for its sunny climate, Spokane constitutes somewhat of an exception, as its 170 days of sunshine a year make it a great place to be for those who like to explore the outdoors. And there's plenty of snow in the winter, too.

Spokane food and restaurants

Spokane is not only known for its great beers, but also for its wineries. While it's not Napa Valley, Spokane produces some outstanding wines. And let's not forget about coffee, which is taken quite seriously here. Just like many West Coast cities, Spokane is home to myriad independent coffee stores.

In terms of food festivals, there is Pig Out in the Park, now in its 36th year, held in early September and features more than 40 food booths with more than 200 menu items at reasonable prices -- that, and live music courtesy of national, local and regional artists (100 in total). Fried razor clams, usually the kind you dig up yourself, are very popular in Washington, but naturally in the coastal areas, which Spokane isn't. However, salmon, preferably when cooked on a cedar plank, is popular throughout the state, including Spokane.

Here are a few restaurants that are definitely worth trying:

  • The Flying Goat: This industrial-cool space made of recyclable materials serves fantastic Neapolitan-style pizzas and a great selection of beers. The pizzas are cooked in a 2,500-pound oven.
  • Frank's Diner: Talk about unique: this very popular diner is an actual turn-of-the-century railroad car and serves award-winning breakfasts. There might be a wait, but it's worth it.
  • Black Label Brewing: Remember that Spokanites love their beer? This is one of the places that makes truly great beer, and it's located in the heart of town and features rotating beers made on premises as well as guest beers. Newly created by two friends, Black Label Brewing also appetizers.

Spokane culinary salary and career info

For those who are interested in staying in the area, you'll find that salaries in the state of Washington are a bit higher than nationwide averages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally the cost of living in Spokane is significantly lower than in comparable West-Coast cities. Here's what to expect from the food and beverage industry in the state as a whole, according to BLS data:


Total Employment in Washington (2014)

Average Salary in Washington (2014)

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Students who stay in Spokane proper may have similar salary opportunities, but may find there are fewer job opportunities than in larger metro areas. Here is some recent BLS data on the Spokane metro:



Total Employed (2014)

Average Salary (2014)





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Chefs and Head Cooks



Food Service Managers



Students who pursue a culinary degree at one of the Spokane cooking schools may have better opportunities than those who do not, according to the BLS. To get started, browse the school listings below to find a culinary school that will fit your needs.


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Other Spokane, Washington Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College Culinary Arts