When you pursue a culinary arts degree, you pursue the knowledge to run a kitchen, the power to please hungry customers, and the skills to turn food into art. A culinary arts program teaches you more than just how to sauté onions or plate a fanciful meal. You’ll also learn the science behind cooking, the nutritional value of food, kitchen and business management skills, how to keep everything sanitary, and how the world eats.
Studying culinary arts is perfect for students who are passionate about food. However, learning the art of cooking also demands a dedication to pleasing others, a thick skin for when you can’t, and a lot of energy to keep up. Often taught by chef instructors, courses include lessons that challenge your creativity and critical thinking skills. They will require you to perform in both hands-on laboratory environments (cooking in a kitchen) and sit-down classrooms (sometimes with demo kitchens). To prep you for the culinary industry, you’ll also learn how to supervise a food service operation, handle business documents, and work like a professional chef. In the end, you’ll fit into positions such as a food prep supervisor, short-order cook, head chef, nutritionist, baker, or food service manager.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus offers 2 Culinary Arts/Chef Training degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 35 Culinary Arts/Chef Training students graduated with students earning 34 Certificates, and 1 Associate's degree.
Harrisburg Area Community College offers 3 Culinary Arts/Chef Training degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 7 Culinary Arts/Chef Training students graduated with students earning 6 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificate.
Westmoreland County Community College offers 2 Culinary Arts/Chef Training degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 10 Culinary Arts/Chef Training students graduated with students earning 8 Associate's degrees, and 2 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA||9 : 1||152|
|Drexel University Philadelphia, PA||22 : 1||24,205|
|Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology Pleasant Gap, PA||8 : 1||160|
|Commonwealth Technical Institute Johnstown, PA||8 : 1||193|
|Bidwell Training Center Inc Pittsburgh, PA||13 : 1||164|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA||18 : 1||4,972|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana, PA||21 : 1||10,559|
|Lackawanna College Scranton, PA||62 : 1||1,991|
|Mercyhurst University-North East Campus North East, PA||16 : 1||612|
|Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center Johnstown, PA||183|
|Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA||48 : 1||15,996|
|Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA||53 : 1||7,480|
|Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA||63 : 1||10,309|
|Community College of Beaver County Monaca, PA||42 : 1||2,149|
|Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA||78 : 1||9,800|
|Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA||65 : 1||16,031|
|Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA||60 : 1||17,422|
|Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA||58 : 1||4,645|