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Culinary in Louisiana

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Louisiana

Each year, approximately 1.1% of Louisiana graduates receive degrees in culinary arts. That means an estimated 1,275 chefs graduate from Louisiana's 14 culinary schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Louisiana with a culinary program is Louisiana Culinary Institute, which is located in Baton Rouge. In 2010, it was ranked 61st nationwide. 59 students graduated with a degree in culinary from Louisiana Culinary Institute in 2010.

The second-ranked school in Louisiana that has a culinary program is Crescent City Bartending School. Crescent City Bartending School, which was ranked 75th in the country in 2010, is located in New Orleans. In 2010, 746 students graduated from Crescent City Bartending School culinary program.

The third-ranked school in Louisiana with a culinary program is Nicholls State University, which is located in Thibodaux. In 2010, it was ranked 75th nationwide. In 2010, 36 students graduated from Nicholls State University culinary program. The tuition rate at Nicholls State University was $4,292 per year.


Culinary schools in Louisiana, charge students an average tuition of $1,792 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $4,292 per year, or as little as $1,032 per year. In 2010, the culinary schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Louisiana were:

  1. Nicholls State University - located in Thibodaux, students are charged $4,292 per year
  2. Delgado Community College - located in New Orleans, students are charged $2,955 per year
  3. Louisiana Technical College-Jefferson Campus - located in Metairie, students are charged $2,955 per year

The following Louisiana culinary schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette Campus - located in Lafayette, students are charged $1,032 per year
  2. Northwest Louisiana Technical College - located in Minden, students are charged $1,122 per year
  3. Central Louisiana Technical College-Alexandria Campus - located in Alexandria, students are charged $1,123 per year

A culinary degree from a Louisiana school... what next?

The highest percentage of culinary graduates in Louisiana pursue careers as a chef. 1,720 chefs were working in Louisiana in 2010. The largest populations of Louisiana chefs are working in the following counties:

  1. Jefferson Davis County - 690 chefs
  2. Bossier County - 260 chefs
  3. Ascension County - 240 chefs

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of chefs in Louisiana will grow by 11%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 2,270 chefs working in Louisiana.


On average, chefs earn $37,450 per year. However, Louisiana chefs earned anywhere in the range from as less than $20,710 per year to more than $80,630 per year in 2010. The counties in Louisiana with the highest average salary for a chef are:

  1. Allen County - $64,940 per year
  2. Grant County - $52,460 per year
  3. Bossier County - $44,360 per year

A chef in the following counties in Louisiana make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Acadia County - $26,220 per year
  2. Lafayette County - $28,520 per year
  3. Ascension County - $30,990 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Louisiana statistics regarding a career in culinary arts. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as pastry or culinary.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts in Louisiana
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts in Louisiana
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Louisiana

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Restaurant 11,040 $22,060 3.1%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 8,210 $20,090 -35.3%
Cooks, Fast Food 7,120 $17,040 -56.1%
Cooks, Short Order 4,990 $18,140 4.8%
Chefs and Head Cooks 1,720 $37,450 -35.6%

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