Starting Your Culinary Education in Arizona

In recent decades, Arizona has become a popular destination for golfers, shoppers, spa seekers, and gourmet food lovers from all over the world. The one hundred days of 100-plus degree heat in summer may not be for everyone, but nobody’s complaining when it’s a perfect 70 degrees in January.

For those seeking a spot in Arizona’s culinary arts world, employment can easily be found in any of the state’s thousands of restaurants, resorts, hotels, universities, or hospitals. There are two American Culinary Federation (ACF)-accredited programs in the state and a handful of other trade schools and community colleges where students can earn a certificate or degree in culinary arts and hospitality management services.
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Traditional culinary programs in Arizona offer certificate and degree options in a range of areas. Certificates can take between six and eighteen months to complete, and generally provide specialty training for students in baking, pastry, food handling, and other facet of the culinary profession. Central Arizona College in Coolidge offers two unique certificate programs that address important issues that are generally outside the mainstream of the culinary world: Diabetes Care & Nutrition and Community Nutrition.

Degree programs here are comparable to others throughout the country, offering Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees that incorporate general education requirements in addition to culinary-career-intensive courses in food handling, food purchasing, cooking techniques, nutrition, and chemistry. Degree programs often include an internship or apprenticeship component for real-world work experience. At Pima Community College in Tucson, students can earn an Associate’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management with courses in executive housekeeping, front office operations, and commercial food management in addition to math, writing, and economics.

After graduation from an accredited program, students have the opportunity to join the culinary and hospitality workforce. Students who attend ACF-accredited schools will be eligible to take a national ACF certification exam which will enhance their marketability to employers.

An average annual line cook salary in Arizona is $27,000; while a chef earns around $44,000; a restaurant manager around $40,000; and a nutritionist may earn around $51,000.

On-Campus Schools

Art Institute of Phoenix
2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021-2859
602-678-4300
artinstitutes.edu/phoenix
Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Culinary Management
ACF Accredited

Central Arizona College
District Office
8470 N. Overfield Road
Coolidge, AZ 85128
800-237-9814
centralaz.edu
Culinary Arts
Dietetics
ADA & NCACS Accredited

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
8100 East Camelback Road-Suite 1001
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-425-3029
chefs.edu/locations/scottsdale
NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS
Culinary Arts
Patisserie & Baking
Culinary Management
ACF Accredited

Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern
Mesa, AZ 85202
480-461-7775
mesacc.edu
Culinary Studies
NCACS Accredited

Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, AZ 86409-1238
928-757-4331
mohave.edu
Culinary and Hospitality Management
Baking & Pastry
NCACS Accredited

Pima Community College
2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709-0001
520-206-4500
pima.edu
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Arts
NCACS Accredited

Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-423-6000
scottsdalecc.edu
Culinary Arts
Hospitality/Tourism Management
ADA & NCACS Accredited

Online Programs

American Culinary Federation
The ACF has over 200 chapters in the United States; its main campus is located in Florida
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL
904-824-4468
www.acfchefs.org
Continuing Education
Chef Certification
Chef Educators
Food Safety Certification
ACFEFAC Accredited

The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh – Online Division
The Ai has over 40 campus locations across North America, plus this online campus
420 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
412-291-6200
www.aionline.edu
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Management
MSCHE Accredited

Ashworth College
430 Technology Pkwy
Norcross, GA
770-729-9400
www.ashworthcolleg.edu
Professional Gourmet Cooking and Catering
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC Accredited

DeVry University
This University has 90 campus locations in 26 different states
One Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
1-866-338-7934
www.devry.edu
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

eCornell
eCornell is an online program and subsidiary of Cornell University, located in New York
950 Danby Road, Suite 150
Ithaca, NY
607-330-3200
www.ecornell.com
Leadership and Strategic Management
Project Leadership and Systems Design
Financial Management
Management Essentials
Human Resources Management
Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Certificate in plant-based nutrition
HRCI and PMI Approved

Johnson and Wales University
JWU has campuses in Providence, Charlotte, and North Miami; its largest campus is in Rhode Island
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903
1-800-DIAL-JWU
www.jwu.edu
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
NEASC Accredited

Le Cordon Bleu
The group of Le Cordon Bleu Schools have 17 campus locations in the United States
1 800 457-CHEF (2433)
www.chefs.edu/online/
B.A. Culinary Management
ACCSC, CCSC & ACICS Accredited

New England Culinary Institute
NECI has two campuses in Vermont; its main campus is in Montpelier
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
877-223-6324
www.neci.edu
Hospitality and Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Penn Foster Career School
925 Oak Street
Scranton, PA 18515
570-343-9635
www.pennfoster.edu
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Catering
DETC & CHEA Accredited

Sullivan University
SU has three campuses in Louisville, Lexington and Fort Knox. The main campus for its Global e-Learning program is located in Louisville
2100 Gardiner Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
502-413-8830
1-866-755-7887
www.sullivan.edu
Beverage Management
CCSACS & ACF Accredited

University of Phoenix
This University has campuses in over 40 states, and two locations in Canada
4602 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ
480-968-0587
www.phoenix.edu
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
HLC Accredited


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