Top Culinary Schools in Washington

Top Culinary Schools in Washington

Culinary Schools – Baking & Pastry Schools
Hospitality & Restaurant Management Schools in Washington

Looking for a top culinary or hospitality school in Washington? We’ve selected the top culinary and hospitality programs in the state of Washington for your review. Find a campus that interests you, and click on the link for more information.

Named after George Washington, the “Evergreen State” of Washington is home to the urban cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Vancouver, in addition to the natural beauty of sites like Mount Ranier, Puget Sound, Mount St. Helens, and numerous wildlife areas. With such a diversity of living environments in one state, it’s no surprise that Washington is home to a well-rounded economy, from Starbucks to agriculture. As such, Washington state is a great place to live if you’re considering a career in the culinary arts or hospitality management.

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.



The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Seattle

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute

The International Culinary School at the Art Institutes – With over 35 years of history as an educational institution, it’s no surprise that The International Culinary School at The Art Institute is known for delivering industry-standard culinary skills and training to students across the United States.

Seattle Campus – 2323 Elliott Ave. – Seattle, WA 98121


Northwest Culinary Institute

Northwest Culinary Institute

Founded in 2004, Northwest Culinary Institute seeks to be the premier culinary school in the country. Their approach to culinary education is not like other culinary schools. NCI is taught be the accredited and certified executive chefs, many of whom have won prestigious awards such as chef of the year. Additionally, students spend most of everyday in the kitchen perfecting their craft. Class sizes are small, learning is hands-on in a supportive environment, instructors are seasoned, award-winning chefs and students get plenty of one-on-one time with instructors. 

Vancouver Campus – 2901 E Mill Plain Blvd  Vancouver, WA 98661


Seattle Central College

The Seattle Culinary Academy programs at Seattle Central College emphasize classical and modern techniques that cover a wide range of cooking styles and will help you develop an appreciation for International cuisine, sustainable food practices and fine dining.

Seattle Campus – 1701 Broadway, Room 2BE2120 Seattle, WA 98122



Olympic College

The program provides in-depth culinary training designed to build careers in restaurants, hotels, caterers, fine bakeries, resorts and institutions offering food services. As the program unfolds, the students will focus on areas of cooking specialty and gain hands-on experience working in the Olympic Café, The Fireside Bistro and at various banquets and catered events.

Olympic College – 1600 Chester Avenue  Bremerton, WA 98337-1699




Bon Vivant School of Cooking

Bon Vivant offer many levels of participation from our mixed presentation Series Classes to intensive hands-on Single Classes for everyone from the experienced “foodie” to the beginning cook. The goal of our classes is for you to acquire the expertise you need to enjoy cooking and feel successful in the kitchen whether you are an experienced or beginning cook.

Seattle Campus – 4925 NE 86th St  Seattle WA 98115



Blue Ribbon Cooking

Since 1995, Blue Ribbon Cooking School has been at the forefront of the Seattle food and entertaining scene, changing with the times, the trends and the needs of our clientele. Over the years our motive has been to bring the family back to the dining room table to enjoy homemade meals together.

Seattle Campus – 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102