California Culinary & Baking Schools, Restaurant & Hotel Management Schools
If the beaches, mountains, deserts and wine country of California attract you, then there is no better place to attend culinary school. Besides being the most populous state in America, California has a thriving culinary community along with culturally diverse cities. A while back you may have noticed I highlighted Texas Culinary Schools; today I would like to focus on the Golden State.
If you’re currently living in California, planning on relocating there in the future or are considering your options, I hope this post will give you some wanted insight into the state’s culinary industry and what’s available for you.
Why You Might Want to Go to School in California
The second largest state on the mainland and the most populous state, California contains the second, eighth and tenth largest cities by population in the United States- Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Its other two largest cities include San Francisco and Fresno.
California is home to a variety of geological terrains. California contains the highest and lowest points on the contiguous United States: highest- Mount Whitney, lowest- Death Valley. California regions include the Pacific Coast on the West, Sierra Nevada Mountains to the East, the Mojave Desert in the Southeast, the Redwood-Douglas fir forests to the Northwest and Central Valley, an agricultural area.
The 20th century defined what we know of California today. Los Angeles developed as the hub of the American entertainment industry, Silicon Valley became known as the technology and information capital and California blossomed as a leader in the agricultural, aerospace, education and manufacturing industries. Texas and California are tied for having the most Fortune 500 companies, leading in many industries such as agriculture, electronics and aerospace.
Besides the largely Western influence that has been imprinted on California, the state has historically Hispanic cultures. As a bordering state of Mexico, California is greatly influenced by its immigrant populations. This melting pot of culture means that California has a lot to offer. Between Los Angeles’ booming entertainment scene, San Francisco’s art, landmarks and geography and Napa Valley’s culinary influence, there is so much to appreciate in California.
The mean annual salary for all occupations in the state of California in 2009 was $49,550, with the mean annual salary for food preparation and serving occupations being $21,920.*
The state of California is home to many colleges and universities, most notably Stanford University in Stanford, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and the Claremont Colleges. California’s unique post secondary education system includes their three-tiered system: The University of California (UC) system, The California State University (CSU) system and The California Community Colleges system.
The public University of California system includes ten main UC campuses as well as other specialized campuses. The California State University system, with its 23 schools is the largest university system in the United States. The California Community College System has over 100 campuses and nearly 3 million students.** In addition to these fine institutions, California has many top culinary, restaurant management and hospitality management schools.
Restaurant Industry in California
As of 2008, there were approximately 61,810 eating and drinking places, employing 1,410,400 people in California. Restaurant and food service jobs represent 10 percent of the state’s employment. The largest areas of employment in this field are located in the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego areas. There is a projected 9.6% job growth expected by 2020 for the restaurant and food service industry.***
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Schools in California
Institute of Technology – This high quality culinary school has three locations in California: Clovis, Modesto and Roseville. These campuses offer a Culinary Arts Specialist Program as well as a Baking & Pastry Specialist program.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – Los Angeles – Opened in 1997, this creative culinary school offers an Associate’s in Baking & Pastry, Associate’s in Culinary Arts, Bachelor’s in Culinary Management, Diploma in Professional Baking & Pastry and a Diploma in the Art of Cooking.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – Orange County – This well known culinary school offers a Diploma in The Art of Cooking, an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Baking & Pastry, Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – Sacramento – Located in the state capital, this innovative culinary school offers an Associate’s in Baking & Pastry, an Associate’s in Culinary Arts, Bachelor’s in Culinary Management, Diploma in Professional Baking & Pastry and Diploma in the Art of Cooking.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – San Diego – This progressive culinary school offers an Associate’s in Baking & Pastry, Associate’s in Culinary Arts, Bachelor’s in Culinary Management, Bachelor’s in Hospitality Food & Beverage Management, Diploma in Professional Baking & Pastry and a Diploma in the Art of Cooking.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – San Bernardino – This leading culinary arts school offers an Associate’s in Baking & Pastry, an Associate’s in Culinary Arts, a Bachelor’s in Culinary Management and a Diploma in Professional Baking & Pastry.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – San Francisco – This well known culinary school in a famously artistic city offers an Associate’s in Wine, Spirits & Beverage Management, Associate’s in Baking & Pastry, Associate’s in Culinary Arts, Bachelor’s in Culinary Management and Diploma in Professional Baking & Pastry.
International Culinary School at the Art Institute – Sunnyvale– This well-rounded culinary school offers an Associate’s in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s in Culinary Management.
*According to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) May 2009
**According to wikipedia.org/wiki/California”¨*** According to the National Restaurant Association