Index of New Mexico Culinary Programs

New Mexico offers six culinary and hospitality management programs in the state for people who have ambitions of a life in the food service industry. The state offers Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Food and Nutrition programs at state universities, community colleges, and vocational schools. Certificates, Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree options are available to students.

Culinary Arts programs are the most common, and typically provide students with an intensive introduction to the industry. Courses will generally cover food handling techniques, nutrition and food science, food preparation, kitchen management, food purchasing, and an internship for practical experience. Culinary arts programs most often offer Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, and some offer Bachelor’s of Science degrees. Baking and pastry courses may be included in the degree, or tacked on as an additional certificate option. At Santa Fe Community College, students earn an AAS in Culinary Arts and Certificate in Baking & Pastry separately.

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Hospitality Management programs emphasize the business side of the food service industry. Students learn about economics, business management, communications, marketing, food purchasing, human resources, beverage service, and other segments of the tourism industry. Many programs, like the one offered at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, require students to complete a designated number of practical experience hours through in internship. This degree options is suited for those looking for management positions in restaurants, hotels, or resorts.

Nutrition and Dietetics programs, like the one offered at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, cover the science of food consumption, production, processing, storage and distribution. Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Science, and upon graduation are eligible to become Registered Dietitians.

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in New Mexico. Typical food industry salaries in New Mexico range according to position, city, and experience. A restaurant hostess will earn an average $24,010; a restaurant manager will earn about $55,320; a chef will earn approximately $51,530; and a Registered Dietitian earns around $61,270.

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

On-Campus Schools

Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505 224-3781
Culinary Arts
Hospitality Management
ACF Accredited

Luna Community College
366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Culinary Arts
NCACS Accredited

New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management
ADA & NCACS Accredited

Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87508-4887
Culinary Arts
NCACS Accredited

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
9169 Coors Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120-3101
Culinary Arts
Hospitality Services Management
NCACS Accredited

University of New Mexico
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Nutrition & Dietetics
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
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 “Index of New Mexico Culinary Programs”

  1. Ann Zettl Says:

    My daughter and I are going to visit your beautiful state of New Mexico at the end of March and the beginning of April.I would like to know if any of your cooking schools have restaurants or deli’s which are run by the students? We have always loved going to these schools and trying their culinary delights!(Ex. Pgh.,Portland, Miami,Sarasota, etc)
    Good luck to all those future chefs!My great grandfather immigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s, without much in his pocket, but started a prosperous restaurant business in Pittsburgh. Much of our family’s happiness is brought to the table with good food and drink. As the French say, It is the Joie de vivre!
    Thank you so much for your time.
    Ann Baccelli Zettl

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