Culinary Arts Schools in Massachusetts

It's hard to talk about Massachusetts without also talking about its food. The New England state is known for seafood, cranberries and traditional Yankee cuisine. And Boston isn't called Beantown for nothing. The state's largest city made baked beans famous, among other things. A sizeable Irish population has made corned beef and cabbage a specialty in some areas while the city's Little Italy is home to some of the region's best authentic Italian restaurants.

Culinary arts schools in Massachusetts can prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the field. Upon graduation, jobs may be waiting in one of the state's 15,000 eating and drinking establishments. The National Restaurant Association notes that these locations employ 10 percent of the Massachusetts workforce, and the number of jobs available in the sector should increase 6 percent from 2015 to 2025. In addition, some graduates of culinary arts schools in Massachusetts may go on to work as private chefs or start their own business as a restaurateur, caterer or food-related retail shop owner.

Famous restaurants in Massachusetts

Regardless of the career path they pursue, culinary students will join the ranks of a distinguished group of professionals. Massachusetts is home to a number of highly respected chefs and restaurants. The following are few of the eateries in the state which get rave reviews.

  • Oleana (Cambridge): Drawing deeply from Mediterranean influences, Oleana has garnered praise for its inventive take on traditional meals and flavors. In 2015, head chef Ana Sortun was named a semifinalist for the Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, while pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick was a semifinalist for the organization's Outstanding Pastry Chef honor.
  • Rino's Place (East Boston): Zagat gave Rino's Place the highest food rating of any Boston establishment in 2015. Not only does the restaurant serve up excellent, authentic Italian fare, it does so at a price that won't break the budget.
  • O Ya (Boston): Named the best Boston restaurant of 2014 by Boston Magazine, O Ya offers Japanese cuisine with a menu that changes regularly to reflect the seasons and available fresh ingredients. The menu isn't cheap, but it sure tastes good.
  • The Red Lion Inn (Stockbridge): On the other side of the state is The Red Lion Inn, one of the few New England inns that have been in continuous operation since the 18th Century. Its restaurant features exemplary farm-to-table dishes that are contemporary yet rooted in New England's food heritage.

Culinary schools & career outlook in Massachusetts

Culinary arts schools in Massachusetts can be a starting point for a variety of occupations. Graduates may go on to work in restaurants, as food service managers or as private chefs. Others may focus on a particular area of the culinary arts such as pastries and baking. While jobs in the culinary arts can be found virtually anywhere, from cruise ships to resort towns, Massachusetts graduates may want to remain in New England.

There are no guarantees when it comes to job growth and income, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information that may be interesting for those attending culinary schools in Massachusetts. Below is the 2014 employment, average salaries and expected job growth for common culinary arts professions in the state.

RegionCareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Wage
MassachusettsFood Service Managers6,540$67,450
MassachusettsChefs and Head Cooks4,800$57,540
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

In addition, salaries and employment numbers may vary by city, with Boston being home to most jobs in the state. Here's a comparison of culinary arts jobs in the Massachusetts metropolitan areas.

RegionCareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Wage
Barnstable Town, MAChefs and Head Cooks240$60,750
Barnstable Town, MABakers210$32,570
Barnstable Town, MAFood Service Managers410$54,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA DivisionBakers1,610$33,290
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers3,680$71,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks2,670$60,680
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA DivisionBakers110$31,410
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers80$63,360
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks40$60,850
Framingham, MA NECTA DivisionBakers200$32,270
Framingham, MA NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers190$54,090
Framingham, MA NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks150$56,410
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers160N/A
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA DivisionBakers100$33,520
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks80$59,250
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks180$52,360
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA DivisionBakers90$32,630
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers180$57,890
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA DivisionBakers70$33,890
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers70$54,430
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks100$57,120
New Bedford, MABakersN/A$36,290
New Bedford, MAFood Service Managers90$72,530
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA DivisionBakersN/A$32,180
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA DivisionFood Service Managers190$61,650
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA DivisionChefs and Head Cooks110$62,310
Springfield, MA-CTFood Service Managers470N/A
Springfield, MA-CTBakers310$31,550
Springfield, MA-CTChefs and Head Cooks330$46,180
Worcester, MA-CTChefs and Head Cooks250$48,610
Worcester, MA-CTBakers420$32,330
Worcester, MA-CTFood Service Managers520$55,550
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

While Boston seems like the logical choice for students looking for job opportunities, don't overlook other regions of the state. It isn't only Bostonians who like good food. Culinary arts students may find their perfect work environment is in Worcester, New Bedford, Nantucket Island or Martha's Vineyard.

Massachusetts is a quintessential New England state that offers students the chance to immerse themselves in some of the best known food traditions in the country. Massachusetts culinary arts schools can provide the skills needed for an exciting new career, whether that be serving up lobster, perfecting classic Yankee fare or overseeing the dining room of a hot new establishment. You can get started by requesting information from the schools below to learn more.


  • National Restaurant Association, Massachusetts, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/massachusetts
  • Projections Central, Massachusetts, projectionscentral.com
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massachusetts, Occupational and Employment Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ma.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan Area, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_78100.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH Metropolitan Area http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_71650.htm
  • Rino's Place, http://www.rinosplace.com/index.html
  • Oleana, http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/about.asp
  • The 50 Best Restaurants in 2014, Boston Magazine, http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/article/2014/10/27/50-best-restaurants-in-boston-2014/2/
  • Zagat, Boston, https://www.zagat.com/p/boston
  • The Red Lion Inn, http://www.redlioninn.com
  • Massachusetts Classic Foods, Visit New England, http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/classic-foods-of-massachusetts/
  • 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, James Beard Foundation, http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2015-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists

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