Pennsylvania Culinary Schools

Culinary Schools in Pennsylvania
Total Schools:
33
Undergraduate Programs:
33
Graduate Programs:
4
Average Acceptance Rate:
60%
Average Tuition Cost:
$13,395
Average Loan Amount:
$6,494
Average Scholarship Award:
$3,411
Average Classroom Size:
17 Students

The small eastern state of Pennsylvania features a wide variety of cuisines and cooking styles. As one of the country's most historic states, there is a big focus on American culture and food. Pennsylvania has 12.7 million residents, and there are thousands of tourists that cross state lines every year.

Despite the huge tourist industry and all Pennsylvania has to offer, the cost of living is only 1% above the national average. In addition to its low cost of living, Pennsylvania has lots of excellent restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania are Aki Steak House, Garryowen Irish Pub, and Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brewpub.

School Information: 

There are 33 culinary schools in Pennsylvania, which is impressive given the state's small size. These schools offer a variety of certificate, Associate's degree, and Bachelor's degree programs. There are even four Master's degree programs for students that have Bachelor's degrees already. The average tuition cost in Pennsylvania is $13,395, but there are many schools with tuition costs that are lower than $10,000. In addition, there is an average scholarship award of $3,411.

One of the most important parts of starting your culinary program is deciding which type of degree you want to earn. Most schools offer certificate programs, which last one year or less, and Associate's programs, which take approximately two years to complete. A Bachelor's degree is the most thorough program, and it takes about four years of full-time study.

There are three different fields you cover in culinary school: basic kitchen skills, chef duties, and food safety. While all three parts are very important, food safety may well be the most important part of a culinary program. This part of your education covers food storage, food safety laws in Pennsylvania, and how food must be served.

In addition to these core areas, you may have the chance to take elective courses. You can take culinary elective courses that focus on different cuisines, or you can take business courses that get you ready for restaurant ownership.

Employment Information: 

You may be able to start searching for your first culinary job shortly before completing your program. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 46% of chefs work in restaurants, so you may find most of your job openings in restaurants. However, there are many other opportunities to consider. Catering companies and private chef companies are always hiring skilled, educated chefs. There are also self-employment opportunities for business-minded individuals. Chefs may choose to open a restaurant or open their own catering company.

In Pennsylvania, some of the most prominent culinary employers are Peddler's Village, Riddle Village, and the Capital Grille.

In Pennsylvania, there are no licensure requirements for chefs. However, in each restaurant, one supervisory employee must take a food certification course.

If you want to pursue certification that can help you get a job, you can look into American Culinary Federation certification. This process requires you to pass a written and skills exam.

Because of the different types of chefs and work locations, there is a huge amount of variance in what chefs earn. In a kitchen, executive chefs usually earn the highest salaries because they have the most responsibility. They are followed by sous chefs and line chefs.

The average cook's salary in Pennsylvania is $24,300 per year (O*Net, 2012). Chefs in Pennsylvania earn, on average, $39,000 per year (O*Net, 2012).

Across the board, the outlook for culinary professionals is strong. Job growth rates in Pennsylvania are similar to national average job growth rates. While O*Net does not predict a large change in job openings for chefs, cooks can anticipate a 12% increase in jobs (O*Net, 2010).

Pennsylvania Culinary Schools
(Pittsburgh,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$4,473 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Newtown,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$5,616 Tuition Cost
$643 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Butler,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
$5,280 Tuition Cost
$1,056 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Johnstown,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Food Preparation
$16,836 Tuition Cost
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Pittsburgh,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$5,730 Tuition Cost
$1,794 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Monaca,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$5,880 Tuition Cost
$2,884 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$8,640 Tuition Cost
$750 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Doylestown,
PA)
• Culinary Arts
$29,696 Tuition Cost
$15,068 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$36,893 Tuition Cost
$15,227 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Johnstown,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Harrisburg,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$5,850 Tuition Cost
$692 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Indiana,
PA)
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$6,428 Tuition Cost
$3,877 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Culinary Arts
$10,000 Tuition Cost
$225 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(La Plume,
PA)
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$19,500 Tuition Cost
$12,181 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Harrisburg,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$4,070 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Willow Street,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$4,464 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Pittsburgh,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$15,385 Tuition Cost
• Urban Campus Setting
(Lebanon,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Nanticoke,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Culinary Arts
$5,760 Tuition Cost
$823 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(North East,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$14,400 Tuition Cost
$3,632 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Blue Bell,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$6,720 Tuition Cost
$1,589 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Bethlehem,
PA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$5,100 Tuition Cost
$1,280 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Williamsport,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$12,000 Tuition Cost
$1,444 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Johnstown,
PA)
• Culinary Food Preparation
$5,860 Tuition Cost
$2,134 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Reading,
PA)
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Culinary Arts
$5,940 Tuition Cost
$2,092 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Culinary Arts
$9,094 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$17,820 Tuition Cost
$1,126 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Pittsburgh,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Culinary Arts
$17,532 Tuition Cost
$1,331 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Pittsburgh,
PA)
• Culinary Arts
$16,920 Tuition Cost
$1,721 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Philadelphia,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$19,050 Tuition Cost
$1,850 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Youngwood,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$5,400 Tuition Cost
$1,850 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(York,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$10,620 Tuition Cost
$500 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(York,
PA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts
$1,039 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting