Oklahoma Culinary Schools

Culinary Schools in Oklahoma
Total Schools:
23
Undergraduate Programs:
23
Average Acceptance Rate:
92%
Average Tuition Cost:
$3,438
Average Loan Amount:
$6,974
Average Scholarship Award:
$1,122
Average Classroom Size:
12 Students

Offering a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities, Oklahoma can be a great place for an aspiring chef. Some of the largest cities in Oklahoma are Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman. These cities are home to many of the best restaurants in Oklahoma, which include Tokyo Pot, Cafe Alley, and Ken's Steak & Ribs.

The cost of living in Oklahoma is about 14% lower than the national average, which makes it one of the most affordable states in the country. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average house cost in Oklahoma is $70,000 lower than the national average.

School Information: 

If you are ready to start your culinary career, there are 23 schools in Oklahoma that you can choose to attend. The average acceptance rate is 92%, so you can feel confident about your chances of getting into the school of your choice. Tuition is also generally inexpensive in Oklahoma, as the average tuition cost is $3,438. There are many scholarships, both need-based and merit-based, leading to an average scholarship award of $1,122.

Each culinary program is laid out roughly the same way. However, an Associate's degree program tends to go more in-depth than a certificate program. Early in your program, you can plan on learning basic kitchen skills that are necessary for any kitchen to run smoothly. You build a strong base with this knowledge and then build on it as you progress through your program.

As you master basic skills, you add advanced chef techniques into the mix. For instance, you may learn how to create healthy and delicious dishes, manage food costs, and manage a kitchen.

Some programs allow you to take elective courses, either in the culinary field or outside the field. If you choose to take culinary electives, you may focus on specific cuisines or cooking methods. If you go outside of this field, consider taking business or management courses to prepare you for restaurant ownership.

Employment Information: 

With your new culinary skills, there are many ways you can start a culinary career. Some chefs work for catering companies; this opportunity tends to allow you to work with a greater variety of clients. You could also work for a private chef and cook for families. However, restaurants are far and away the largest employers of chefs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that fully 46% of chefs are employed by restaurants.

If you want to work for a restaurant or catering company, some of the largest employers in Oklahoma are Ovations Food Services, Patrice & Associates, and LSG Sky Chefs. However, you can also get a license to open your own restaurant or catering company.

Despite the fact that Oklahoma does not have any licensure or certification requirements for chefs, many chefs decide to pursue third-party certification. This can help you find a job if you want to prove your abilities to employers. The American Culinary Federation offers certification in different specialties and at different levels.

The salary you earn as a chef in Oklahoma largely depends on what rank you hold. Chef rank, from lowest to highest, goes line chef, sous chef, and executive chef. While working at a lower rank, you may earn less money. However, you can earn considerably more money once you work your way up to sous chef or executive chef.

Cooks in Oklahoma earn an average salary of $20,300 per year (O*Net, 2012). The average salary for a chef is $26,900 per year (O*Net, 2012).

The job outlook for cooks and chefs is promising all over the country. However, it is even better in Oklahoma. Chefs can expect a 6% increase in job openings between 2010 and 2020 (O*Net, 2010). In that same time period, cooks can expect a 23% increase in job openings (O*Net, 2010).

Oklahoma Culinary Schools
(Enid,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$1,803 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Fort Cobb,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$2,017 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Oklahoma City,
OK)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Food Preparation
$1,225 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Lawton,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$1,089 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Muskogee,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$804 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Durant,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$600 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Idabel,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
• Rural Campus Setting
(Poteau,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$792 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Stillwater,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$997 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Oklahoma City,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
• Urban Campus Setting
(Wayne,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$900 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Afton,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$677 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Pryor,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$1,312 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Fairview,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
• Rural Campus Setting
(Oklahoma City,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$2,587 Tuition Cost
$840 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Okmulgee,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$3,165 Tuition Cost
$1,310 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Ponca City,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$417 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Moore,
OK)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
$1,309 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Oklahoma City,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$2,016 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Tulsa,
OK)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
$1,599 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Bartlesville,
OK)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$1,000 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Tulsa,
OK)
• Culinary Arts
$1,052 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Burns Flat,
OK)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
$684 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting