Virginia Culinary Schools

Culinary Schools in Virginia
Total Schools:
18
Undergraduate Programs:
18
Graduate Programs:
2
Average Acceptance Rate:
63%
Average Tuition Cost:
$8,184
Average Loan Amount:
$5,591
Average Scholarship Award:
$1,376
Average Classroom Size:
17 Students

Virginia is considered one of the top tourist states in the country, thanks to large cities like Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake. In total, Virginia has over 8.2 million residents, in addition to the tourists that visit every year. Residents and tourists alike enjoy dining at some of Virginia's best restaurants, which include Restaurant Eve, L'Auberge Chez Francois, and the Majestic.

The cost of living in Virginia is 9% above the national average. However, this paves the way for you to earn more money. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median household income in Virginia is over $10,000 higher than the national average.

School Information: 

There are 18 culinary schools located throughout Virginia, giving you the opportunity to earn a culinary degree no matter where you live. The average cost of tuition in Virginia is $8,184, but tuition ranges from $2,808 to $17,496.

You have three program choices when you start a culinary arts program in Virginia. A certificate is the shortest option, and it takes just one year of full-time study. At two years, an Associate's degree program is slightly longer. A Bachelor's degree requires four year of full-time study, and it also gives you the chance to pursue a Master's degree.

As a new culinary student, you will build a strong base of practical knowledge that you return to throughout your program. This base of knowledge is made up of practical kitchen skills, kitchen terminology, and how to work in a busy kitchen. These themes will come up again and again in your course, so it's important to practice.

While practical cooking skills are very important, that's not where your program ends. You can also expect to get a thorough education in executive chef duties. You'll get hands-on experience in running a busy kitchen, timing different dishes so everything comes out at the right time, and planning a menu.

Employment Information: 

The skills and knowledge you glean in culinary school can be applied to a variety of different work settings and environments. The most common of these is the restaurant; in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that 46% of chefs work in restaurants.

If you work as a caterer or private chef, you may go to different party locations and into clients' private homes to cook for them. These positions tend to require longer hours, particularly if you are self-employed.

Some of the most prominent culinary employers in Virginia are Patrice & Associaties, Zoe's Kitchen, and Bonefish Grill.

Very few places in the United States require licensure for cooks and chefs, and Virginia is not one of them. After earning your degree, you do not have to worry about getting licensed or certified to begin your career.

Despite the fact that certification is not required, some chefs find it easier to find a job with a culinary certificate. The American Culinary Federation offers certification in different fields and at different expertise levels.

Chefs earn varying salaries that are in line with their experience, seniority, and what type of restaurant they work in. In a restaurant kitchen, executive chefs tend to be the most highly-paid chefs, followed by sous chefs and line chefs.

The average salary for a cook in Virginia is $22,100 per year (O*Net, 2012). Virginia chefs earn an average salary of $41,600 per year (O*Net, 2012).

While living in Virginia, you can look forward to an excellent job outlook between 2010 and 2020. The demand for chefs is expected to increase 2% between 2010 and 2020 (O*Net, 2010). Job openings for cooks are expected to grow by 18% in the same time period (O*Net, 2010).

Virginia Culinary Schools
(Lynchburg,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$3,510 Tuition Cost
$1,877 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Fairfax,
VA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$610 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Clifton Forge,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$2,808 Tuition Cost
$1,083 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Virginia Beach,
VA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Food Preparation
$13,980 Tuition Cost
$638 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Richmond,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$3,573 Tuition Cost
$1,867 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Annandale,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$4,069 Tuition Cost
$970 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Martinsville,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$3,510 Tuition Cost
$1,571 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Glenns,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$2,808 Tuition Cost
$1,763 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Bristol,
VA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$19,500 Tuition Cost
$500 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Alberta,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$3,510 Tuition Cost
$1,332 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Fairfax,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$14,985 Tuition Cost
$2,092 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Winchester,
VA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$608 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Virginia Beach,
VA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$17,496 Tuition Cost
$1,059 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Arlington,
VA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$17,496 Tuition Cost
$1,900 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Norfolk,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$2,808 Tuition Cost
$2,379 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Richmond,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$4,388 Tuition Cost
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Roanoke,
VA)
• Culinary Arts
$3,780 Tuition Cost
$1,766 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Fishersville,
VA)
• Culinary Food Preparation
• Suburban Campus Setting