Select an Ohio Culinary Education Degree

Traditional cuisine in Ohio mirrors that of the region: from sauerkraut and bratwursts to beefsteak and hearty breads. But culinary schools across the state will have aspiring chefs cooking up more than just buckeyes and strudel. Cooking programs offer a range of options in a variety of traditional and emerging cuisines, preparing students for promising careers as the next up-and-coming head chefs.

How to pick the right program

Narrow down your options by looking for programs that have some key components for your culinary training. Most importantly, look for a quality training kitchen that is fully stocked and run by students. It should also be open to the public and, preferably, used in conjunction with a student-run restaurant or public dinner nights. The hands-on training will be essential to your development as a future chef. Next, look for experienced instructors or industry professionals teaching the classes. Finally, look for career-counseling and job placement services, as well as opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.

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After you’ve decided on a program, the admissions process should be easy. Most culinary programs have an open admissions policy, meaning that students are only required to have a high-school diploma or GED for acceptance. If you decide on a program that is more competitive, you may have to submit to testing of basic kitchen knowledge and techniques. Work experience and other training, such as attendance at conferences or workshops, may also be considered.

Finish your degree in less time

You won’t age like a fine wine in the time that it takes to finish your culinary degree. Most programs can be finished in half the time of a traditional degree – in about two years or less. Some schools, such as Sinclair Community College, have options for accelerated degrees, and offer certificates or diplomas that can be finished in a year or less. Also look for programs that have night and weekend classes, summer sessions or online classes if you need more flexibility for things like work or family.

Though most culinary programs are campus-based, there are some options for online degrees. Video instruction is available in some programs to learn some cooking techniques right in your own kitchen. More typically, online courses would be offered to compliment previous lab or kitchen experience to finish your degree. Hospitality and restaurant management courses are often offered exclusively online.

Starting your culinary career

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in Ohio. Typical food industry salaries in Ohio range according to position, city, and experience. A waiter/waitress will earn an annual average salary of $23,460; a Registered Dietitian earns $58,700; a first-line supervisor will earn about $33,640; a head chef will earn approximately $46,100; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $26,100.

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

To improve your chances of getting the top jobs and the top salaries, start networking early in your career – even while you’re still finishing your education. Get internships and apprenticeships, and enter competitions at local food and wine festivals to showcase your skills. Festivals will also give you a chance to meet local celebrity chefs and other industry professionals. Joining professional networks such as the Ohio Restaurant Association will give you the same opportunities, and will give you access to conferences and other industry events.

Campus-based programs

Ashland University
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
Food and Nutrition
Hospitality Management
NCACS Accredited

Bluffton College
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
Food and Nutrition
HLC Accredited

Central State University
1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384-5800
Hospitality Management
NCACS Accredited

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Culinary Arts
Pastry Arts
Personal Chef
Dietary Management
HLC Accredited

Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School
2469 Stelzer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
Culinary Arts
ACICS Accredited

Columbus State Community College
550 E Spring St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353
Chef Apprenticeship
Dietetic Technician
Foodservice/Restaurant Management
Travel/Tourism/Hotel Management
Dietary Manager
Meeting and Event Management
School Foodservice Manager
HLC Accredited

Cuyahoga Community College
700 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Culinarian/Cook – Professional
Food and Beverage Operations
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

Ehove Career Center
316 Mason Road West
Milan, OH 44846
Adult Culinary Program
Dietary Manager
NCACS Accredited

Hocking Technical College
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764-9588
Culinary Arts
Hotel/Restaurant Management
International Hospitality
HLC Accredited

International Culinary Arts and Science Institute
8700 Mayfield Road
Chesterland, OH 44026-2630
Culinary Arts
Pastry Arts
ACF Accredited

Kent State University-Main Campus
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Hospitality Management
NCACS Accredited

Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094-5198
Culinary Arts Technology
Hotel and Lodging Management
HLC Accredited

Lorain County Community College
1005 Abbe Road North
Elyria, OH 44035-1691
Culinary Arts
HLC Accredited

Ohio State University
154 W 12th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Food Business Management
Food Science and Nutrition
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
Culinary Arts
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402-1453
Hospitality Management and Tourism
Foodservice Management
Baking Specialist
HLC Accredited

University of Akron
382 Carroll St.
Akron, OH 44325-0020
(330) 972-2348
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Culinary Arts Science
HLC Accredited

Zane State College
1555 Newark Road
Zanesville, OH 43701-2694
Culinary Arts
HLC 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 “Select an Ohio Culinary Education Degree”

  1. Taysha browning Says:

    I’m looking for a college where I can start with my basic culinary techniques, but then I would like to get my culinary degree along with a baking and pasty diploma. I do not know where to start looking ? Also looking for business classes along with it.

  2. Brent Burgess Says:

    Just want to get a diploma in cooking then keep advancing in my careerinto many different types of cuisine

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