The state of Florida is known around the world for its white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, endless sunshine and is home to more attractions than anywhere else in the U.S. The Sunshine State is also known for its diversity of food; from the Cuban-influenced cuisines of Miami to the copious seafood that is readily available throughout the state, the culinary industry is growing in Florida and when you add in major attractions like Disney World and the Florida Keys, the state is a prime location for those interested in hospitality management. Careers in culinary arts are a staple in many Florida markets, which means there are job opportunities for graduates who understand the proper techniques for preparing a variety of dishes. From hotels and restaurants, to luxury spas, cruise ships and golf courses, the hospitality industry in Florida is demanding yet rewarding. According to statistics issued by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education & the Integrated Postsecondary Data System, private career colleges train 80% of Florida culinary arts graduates.

The competition for culinary employment in Florida is tough, however the major metro areas like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa/St. Petersburg offer plenty of opportunities. Should you enroll in a culinary arts school this opens more doors and since competition is fierce, you are giving yourself an advantage. The hospitality industry is vigorous generating over 50 billion dollars in annual revenue, representing about one-fifth of the state's total economy.  According to the National Restaurant Association nearly one million employees work in the hospitality industry in Florida, making it one of the largest employers in the state, including just under 39,000 restaurants.  The bottom line is that the culinary arts are an extremely important economic category in Florida, and state colleges, community and technical schools that offer a degree is a smart move. Over five dozen degrees and programs are offered including Associates Culinary Arts, Associates Baking and Pastry Arts, Bachelors Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Bachelors Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statewide nearly 12,000 bakers earn an average of almost $25,000 and 5% growth through 2022. Chefs and head cooks, all 6,300 of them, can earn $55,000 with 5% projected into the near future. Food service managers, roughly 8,200 of them, can earn an impressive $64,000, yet still with a small 5% growth rate. These small growth percentages underscore the need in Florida for a strong culinary education.

With nearly 90 million visitors annually, Florida will never be at a culinary loss. And remember Florida has more than 1,200 golf courses, most with a food element. The food scene is booming with Florida being home to celebrity chefs, food festivals and a strong catering segment. Hands-on professional experience is essential for developing a career in culinary arts in Florida, and a culinary arts degree illustrates both dedication and skill to prospective employers.

Culinary Schools in Florida by City

Miami Culinary Schools

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale FL

www.broward.edu

Miami Dade College

Miami FL

www.mdc.edu/main/

Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale FL

www.keiseruniversity.edu

William T McFatter Technical Center

Davie FL

www.mcfattertech.com

Sheridan Technical Center

Hollywood, FL

www.SheridanTechnical.com

Atlantic Technical Center

Coconut Creek FL

www.atlantictechcenter.com

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center

Miami FL

www.Lindsey.dadeschools.net

Robert Morgan Educational Center

Miami FL

www.Rmec.dadeschools.net

AI Miami International University of Art and Design

Miami FL

www.artinstitutes.edu/miami/

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale FL

www.aifl.edu

Johnson & Wales University-North Miami

North Miami FL

www.jwu.edu

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Miami 

Miramar FL

www.chefs.edu/miami

Tampa-St. Petersburg Culinary Schools

St Petersburg College

Clearwater FL

www.spcollege.edu

Hillsborough Community College

Tampa FL

www.hccfl.edu

Pinellas Technical Education Center-St Petersburg

Saint Petersburg FL

www.Myptec.org

D G Erwin Technical Center

Tampa FL

www.Erwin.edu

Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater

Clearwater FL

www.myptec.org

Manatee Technical Institute

Bradenton FL

www.manateetech.edu/

Marchman Technical Education Center

New Port Richey FL

mtec.pasco.k12.fl.us/

Orlando Culinary Schools

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa FL

www.easternflorida.edu

Valencia College

Orlando FL

Valenciacollege.edu

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach FL

www.DaytonaState.edu

Ridge Career Center

Winter Haven FL

www.ridge.edu/

Florida Technical College

Orlando FL

www.ftccollege.edu

Lake Technical Center

Eustis FL

www.laketech.org

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando

Orlando FL

www.chefs.edu/orlando/

Jacksonville Culinary Schools

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville FL

www.fscj.edu

Flagler Technical Institute

Palm Coast FL

www.FTI.FlaglerSchools.com

First Coast Technical College

Saint Augustine FL

www.fctc.edu/

Virginia College-Jacksonville

Jacksonville FL

www.vc.edu/college/jacksonville-colleges.cfm

Sarasota Culinary Schools

Fort Myers Institute of Technology

Fort Myers FL

www.fortmyerstech.edu

Cape Coral Institute of Technology

Cape Coral, FL

www.Capecoraltech.edu

Culinary Schools in Other Cities

Gulf Coast State College

Panama City FL

www.gulfcoast.edu/default.htm

Chipola College

Marianna FL

www.chipola.edu

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth FL

www.palmbeachstate.edu/

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce FL

www.irsc.edu

South Florida State College

Avon Park FL

www.southflorida.edu

Radford M Locklin Technical Center

Milton FL

www.locklintech.com

George Stone Technical Center

Pensacola FL

www.georgestonecenter.com

Pensacola State College

Pensacola FL

www.pensacolastate.edu

Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center

Ocala FL

www.mcctae.com

Withlacoochee Technical Institute

Inverness FL

www.wtionline.cc

Immokalee Technical Center

Immokalee FL

www.itech.edu

CHOICE High School and Technical Center

Fort Walton Beach FL

www.okaloosaschools.com/choice

Lincoln College of Technology-West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach FL

www.lincolntech.com

Degree: 
Associates
Bachelors
Certificates
Program: 
Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Hospitality Management
Location: 
Florida
Sarasota
Tampa Saint Petersburg
Orlando
Miami
Jacksonville