Directory of Cooking Schools in Louisiana

There are typically three legs to the culinary arts training programs in Louisiana schools:

  1. Culinary Arts
  2. Food Science & Nutrition
  3. Hospitality Management

As students begin their culinary education at any of the available programs throughout the state, they have the opportunity to taste each of these sub-specialties, and will be well on their way toward a successful career in a growing industry.

Where to Start

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Culinary Arts programs are most commonly found at community colleges and universities in Louisiana, and many of them are accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Community Colleges may offer a one-year certificate or two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those interested in becoming a head cook, pastry chef, or nutritionist. The difference between a certificate and a degree is the amount of general education students must fulfill.

At Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in Bossier City, a culinary certificate program is two semesters. Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of the hospitality industry, will be able to perform a personal nutrition analysis, and will be able to apply basic culinary and food preparation techniques in the kitchen. Culinary Arts students who complete the two-year Associate’s program at BPCC receive a more well-rounded education because they take English, writing, math, and science classes in addition to the culinary classes that certificate students take.

Some Culinary Arts programs in Louisiana incorporate principles of hospitality, such as accounting, management, marketing, and communications. These are vital skills for people who are interested in managing or owning a restaurant, bar, or other food service establishment. Some community colleges in Louisiana offer Associate’s degree programs that focus solely on hospitality, but they generally emphasize hotels and travel over the culinary arts.

In Nutrition and Dietetics programs, like the one at Nicholls State University in Thibedeaux, students learn the science behind food and the cultural influences on what communities eat. Dieticians apply nutritional guidelines and analysis to improve health and prevent disease in human and non-human animals. These programs often require an internship, and are the first step toward a career as a registered dietician.

Making Your Own Way

Working in the culinary arts provides flexibility and variety. With such a large tourist industry in Louisiana, graduates of culinary arts and nutrition programs will find work in restaurants and bars, convention centers, and with catering agencies. Employees work full or part-time schedules in shifts during any time of day or night. For those who would like to steer clear of heavy tourist crowds, there are plenty of food service jobs at bakeries, schools, hospitals, or even cooking professionally out of your own home!

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in Louisiana. Typical food industry salaries in Louisiana range according to position, city, and experience. A Registered Dietitian earns an average annual salary of $56,740; a first-line supervisor will earn about $33,340; a head chef will earn approximately $55,160; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $24,490.

2019 wage data sourced from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. Current wage conditions in your area may vary.

On-Campus Schools

Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(866) 217-9823
Culinary Arts
ACF Accredited

Bossier Parrish Community College
2719 Airline Drive North
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 747-4567
Culinary Arts
ACF Accredited

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399
(504) 483-4208
Culinary Arts
Food and Nutrition
ADA & ACF Accredited

Louisiana Culinary Institute
10550 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Advanced Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry
ACF Accredited

Louisiana State University
261 Knapp Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4300
(225) 578-1631
Food and Nutrition
ADA Accredited

Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3167
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-3952
Nutrition and Dietetics
ADA Accredited

McNeese State University
P.O. Box 92820
Lake Charles, LA 70609
(337) 475-5970
Nutrition and Dietetics
ADA Accredited

Nicholls State University
PO Box 2090
Thibodaux, LA 70310
(985) 448-4732
ADA Accredited

Northwest Louisiana Technical College
2010 N. Market Street
Shreveport, LA 71107
(318) 676-7811
Technical Diploma in Culinary Arts & Occupations

Southern University and A&M College
P.O. Box 11342
Baton Rouge, LA 70813-1342
(225) 771-4660
Human Nutrition and Science
ADA Accredited

South Louisiana Community College
SLCC Lafayette Campus
1101 Bertrand Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 521-9000
Culinary Arts and Occupations Technical Diploma, Associate of Applied Science – Culinary Arts & Occupations
ACF Accredited

SOWELA Technical Community College
3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615 
(337) 421-6565
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts
ACF Accredited

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 43810, McKinley Street
Lafayette, LA 70504-3810
(337) 482-5724
ADA 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
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
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Management
MSCHE Accredited

Ashworth College
430 Technology Pkwy
Norcross, GA
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
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

eCornell is an online program and subsidiary of Cornell University, located in New York
950 Danby Road, Suite 150
Ithaca, NY
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
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
NEASC Accredited

New England Culinary Institute
NECI has two campuses in Vermont; its main campus is in Montpelier
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hospitality and Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Penn Foster Career School
925 Oak Street
Scranton, PA 18515
Hotel and Restaurant Management
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
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
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
HLC Accredited

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One Response to “Directory of Cooking Schools in Louisiana”

  1. Sydney williams Says:

    My daughter wants to go to culinary school but doesn’t have the means or know how. What would be her first steps far as getting government assistance or grants. Thanx very much for helping her.

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