Top Culinary Schools in Alabama

Culinary Schools in Alabama

Best Culinary – Baking & Pastry – Hospitality Schools in Alabama

With more that 15 schools in Alabama offering programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, food science plus hospitality, restaurant and hotel management degrees. From big universities like Auburn and University of Alabama to community colleges including Faulkner State & Bishop State to professional schools like Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in both Birmingham and Alabama.

Attending school for the culinary arts, baking/pastry or hospitality management is a great step forward in your career. Whether you're looking to become a professional chef, or manage a restaurant, you've probably got some questions.

How much is it going to cost? Do I need a high school education? Is there any financial aid available? How do I apply? The best way to get answers to these questions is to contact the school directly by clicking on the links provided. The school's website will answer most of you questions and provide contact information to help you get started.

Is There a Top Culinary, Baking or Hospitality Management School Near You?

There are many good schools in this state offering programs in culinary arts, baking, pastry and hospitality management. The right one for you will depend on many factors including location, programs offered, cost and scholarship availability. You'll find community colleges, both for profit and not for profit schools, big institutions and smaller establishments. The schools listed below are some of my top picks based on accreditation, reputations and student reviews.



More Culinary – Baking/Pastry – Hospitality Management Schools in Alabama

This is a partial list with more schools coming. Please remember that programs at these schools change so you’ll need to check with the school to make sure the programs are current.

Auburn, AL

Auburn University – Hotel and Restaurant Management


Bay Minette, AL

 Coastal Alabama Community College


Hanceville, AL

Wallace State Community College – Culinary Arts


Tuscaloosa, AL

 University of Alabama – Food & Nutrition

Culinary, Baking & Hospitality Careers Outlook in Alabama

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for jobs in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industries is good with projected growth rates. The table below demonstrates some important information you may want to consider when deciding if going to culinary school and then working in Alabama is right for you.

 Occupation Total Employment in Alabama (2014) Average Salary in Alabama (2014 Annual Hourly Wage
Bakers  1,750  $20,910 $10.05
Bartenders 3,480 $19,920 $9.58
Butchers & Meat Cutters 1,330 $27,370 $13.16
Chefs & Head Cooks 610 $46,710 $22.46
Cooks, Fast Food 9,580 $17,610 $8.47
Cooks, Short Order 2,050 $18,830 $9.05
Food Service Managers 2,020 $60,250 $28.97
Hosts and Hostesses 4,320 $17,790 $8.55

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Culinary & Hospitality Industry in Alabama Statistics

  • – the average culinary salary for job posting in Alabama are 2% higher than the average nationwide in March of 2013.
  • BLS* – In May of 2014, there were 610 Chefs & Head Cooks in the state of Alabama
  • BLS – the average salary for these Chefs & Head Cooks was $46,710
  • Alabama Dept of Labor – Average Hourly Wage for Chefs & Head Cooks is $21.42

The Restaurant Industry in Alabama

After you finish culinary school or restaurant management school you are going to find Alabama a great state for starting your career. The restaurant industry is flourishing in the state with $6.6 billion in annual sales.

According to

  • There were 7,516 eating and drinking places in Alabama
  • $6.8 billion in restaurant sales projected 2015
  • Restaurants will account for 181,700 (9%) jobs in Alabama in 2015
  • By 2025 the projections are 209,500 jobs