Culinary Schools in California

Culinary Schools in California

Cooking is serious business in California, a state that is home to dozens of past and present Food & Wine "Best New Chefs." Culinary schools in California might help you become one of California's top chefs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2009 there were approximately 10,000 chefs and head cooks, 95,000 restaurant cooks, 104,000 food preparation workers, and 86,000 food service managers/supervisors employed in the state of California. Mean 2009 annual salaries for cooking professionals in California included:

  • Chefs/head cooks: $48,260
  • Cafeteria/institution cooks: $29,130
  • Restaurant cooks: $24,970
  • Managers/supervisors of food preparation workers: $30,510

Additionally, many restaurants provide free meals and/or uniforms and equipment to cooks and chefs.


California Culinary Schools

Although many people love to cook, few could cook for hundreds and manage a kitchen staff on any given evening. California cooking schools could train you to cook professionally, keep you informed of the latest cooking techniques and trends, and introduce you to valuable contacts in the field. In addition to helping you fine-tune your cooking skills, culinary school cooking classes might include any of the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Sanitation/public health rules
  • Food purchasing/inventory
  • Portion control/food storage

Some culinary professionals pursue certification through the American Culinary Federation, which might help job and earning prospects. Getting certified requires a blend of experience and formal training.

Graduates of California Culinary Schools

Although job growth is expected to be minimal for chefs and head cooks, those with experience and formal training are expected to face the best job prospects. Creativity, professionalism, and personality also help. But most culinary school graduates must begin in lower-level cooking jobs and for good reason. Getting over your head with a head chef's position too soon could actually hurt your career: extensive experience and formal training is typically necessary to be a good head chef.

Whatever your personal cooking goals, culinary schools in California could help you begin your career more successfully.

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Featured Culinary Schools in California

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School City Students (FTE)
American River College Sacramento 33821
Bakersfield College Bakersfield 17405
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park 1200
Cabrillo College Aptos 15114
Cerritos College Norwalk 22273
CET-Sobrato San Jose 321
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga 18736
Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center Sacramento 1813
City College of San Francisco San Francisco 46411
College of the Desert Palm Desert 8597
Columbia College Sonora 2734
Contra Costa College San Pablo 7147
Cypress College Cypress 13592
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill 19768
Glendale Community College Glendale 16827
Grossmont College El Cajon 17359
Institute of Technology Inc Clovis 1220
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe 2576
Laney College Oakland 11745
Long Beach City College Long Beach 25536
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles 13194
Mendocino College Ukiah 4347
Merced College Merced 10890
Modesto Junior College Modesto 18546
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa 24424
Oxnard College Oxnard 6803
Pasadena City College Pasadena 26672
Riverside Community College Riverside 30961
Saddleback College Mission Viejo 18371
San Diego Mesa College San Diego 21437
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton 18668
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa 25626
Shasta College Redding 9102
West Valley Occupational Center Woodland Hills
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