Top Culinary Schools in Rochester New York

Culinary – Baking & Pastry – Hospitality Management Schools in Rochester

According to U.S. News who ranked 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, Rochester ranked #51 in Best Places to Live and #46 in Best Places to Retire.

There are just over 1 million metro residents with an average age around 40 and average annual salary around $48,000.  The average high/low temperatures are 57.1° / 39.3°.

Rochester does not have a subway system and is not much of a pedestrian area, so local residents rely heavily on their cars for transportation. Regional Transit Service operates bus routes throughout downtown Rochester and into surrounding communities like Greece, Webster, Henrietta and Pittsford. is the best resource to explore all the restaurants that are participating in this year’s event. Feeling overwhelmed with all the options or how best to plan for the week? You can filter by Meal Type, Price, and Neighborhood to help identify the best spots to eat.

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 a few good schools in this city 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 school(s) listed below are some of my top picks based on accreditation, reputations and student reviews.


Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology new york

The Rochester Institute of Technology hospitality and tourism management major provides an in-depth understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and prepare students to enter nearly any segment of the industry, such as lodging, hotels, restaurants, casino, cruise line operations, resorts and spas, event management, or airline catering.

Rochester Campus – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623



REOC – Rochester Educational Opportunity Center

With over forty years of ongoing service to the Rochester community REOC has earned the reputation as one of the outstanding Centers in the state . Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators have worked to give students the opportunity to gain skills needed to continue to college or obtain a career. The focus will be on basic fundamentals of the industry along with building knowledge of the fashionable trends in the culinary industry. The program features state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, award-winning culinary instructors and small class size/personal attention.

Rochester Campus – 161 Chestnut Street   Rochester, NY 14604