Find a NC Culinary School Program

North Carolina cities are continually rated among the top best places to live, and the state is poised for more growth. It’s no wonder then that the National Restaurant Association expects a 21 percent growth in restaurant jobs over the next 10 years. But the array of culinary schools across the state make it easy to rise to the top of the industry.

Starting your Education

A good culinary school should have a few key ingredients. Looks for programs that are run by experienced professionals, and that focus on hands-on experience for students in the community. This can include internships or apprenticeships, or other opportunities for showing off newly acquired skills, such as dinner nights for the public or cooking competitions. And, of course, any cooking program is only as good as its kitchen. Look for programs that have kitchens that are well-stocked and up to date.

Getting into a culinary program is a piece of cake. Most only ask that you have a high-school diploma or GED. But some may want to see if you really have what it takes to make the cut. They may ask for a skills assessment or a test of your basic culinary knowledge, including basic kitchen skills. Work experience or other training may also be considered, so be sure to highlight any seminars and conferences attended.

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Finishing the Degree

You won’t spend a long time simmering through your education. Most programs come to a rapid boil, finishing in two years or less. Online programs make getting your degree even easier, offering options to take classes around your own schedule. Some online programs will still require basic hands-on experience in a lab, so some complementary time in a classroom or lab may still be required. But others will allow video instruction from the comfort of your own kitchen. The list below showcases the top local & online schools with culinary programs.

Getting the Job

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in North Carolina. Typical food industry salaries in North Carolina range according to position, city, and experience. A Registered Dietitian earns an average annual salary of $56,830; a first-line supervisor will earn about $35,160; a head chef will earn approximately $52,430; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $26,260.

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

As your working your way up, there are a few things you can do to increase your marketability. Try attending local food festivals to network with other chefs or to show off your skills through competitions. North Carolina is famous for its barbecue, and The Barbecue Festival in Lexington draws big crowds every year. If you have a sweet tooth, try the National Gingerbread House Competition & other culinary events in Asheville, which draw nation-wide attention every year. Other notable festivals include the Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience and the Carolina Chocolate Festival in Morehead City.

Campus-Based Schools, with Degrees Offered and Accreditation

Alamance Community College
P.O. Box 8000
Graham, NC 27253-8000
Culinary Technology
ACFF Accredited

Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32004
Boone, NC 28608
Foods and Nutrition
Hospitality and Tourism Management
SACS Accredited

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Technology
Hospitality Management
Hotel and Restaurant Management
CCSACS Accredited

Cape Fear Community College
411 N. Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Culinary Technology
Hotel and Restaurant Management
CCSACS Accredited

Central Piedmont Community College
P.O. Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Technology
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Hotel Management
Restaurant Management
CCSACS Accredited

East Carolina University
East Fifth St.
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Hospitality Management
SACS Accredited

Johnson and Wales University
801 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management
Hotel & Lodging Management
International Hotel and Tourism Management
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management
Spots/Entertainment/Event Management
CBG & NEASC Accredited

Lenoir Community College
231 Hwy 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502-0188
Culinary Technology
Foodservice Technology
ACFF Accredited

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Charlotte
2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28217-4536
Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Management
ACICS Accredited

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
410 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC 27701
Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Management
ACICS Accredited

Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
Foods and Nutrition
CCSACS Accredited

N.C. A&T University
1601 E. Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27411
Culinary Arts and Related Services
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Food Science and Technology
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager
Food Technology and Processing
Foods, Nutrition and Related Services
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Hospitality Administration/Management
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
SACS Accredited

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Hospitality and Tourism
SACS Accredited

Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Resort and Spa Management
CCSACS Accredited

Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Technology
Hotel and Restaurant Management
CCSACS & ACFF Accredited

Western Carolina University
102 Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Hospitality and Tourism Management
SACS Accredited

Wilkes Community College
1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Technology
CCSACS Accredited

Online-Based 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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2 Responses to “Find a NC Culinary School Program”

  1. Ruth Anderson Says:

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