Georgia stands on its own two feet against any southern food, and its current culinary awareness promotes an understanding of food that detours from well-established southern traditions. Sure, shrimp and grits is a classic Georgia dish but barbeque is equally as famous as well as Spanish tapas and nouvelle French food, soul food like collard greens and black-eyed peas and cornbread and biscuits. But to limit Georgia to these typical foods is to limit your own understanding of this state. The agricultural presence in the state boasts strong poultry, dairy and vegetable sectors that provide Georgia chefs with plenty of fresh ingredients to use.

Georgia is full of educational opportunities at cooking schools, universities and community colleges and jobs are available where ever food is prepared. In addition to all types of restaurants, other venues for culinary students after graduation include research and development, food artistry, the hospitality industry, large corporations, educational institutions, casinos, cruise ships, hospitals and assisted living facilities. There are nearly two-dozen accredited culinary schools throughout the state and its population of 10 million people. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statewide bakers and pastry workers statewide receive an annual wage of about $22,500, of the 5,000 people employed in this segment. Food Service Managers, about 8,200 of them, can pocket $45,500. Interestingly both short order cooks and cooks in institutional/cafeteria segments are lower on the totem pole earning just under $21,000, but these positions are excellent stepping-stones. 

From established schools like Le Cordon Blue, to the Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen, to the Savannah Technical College, there are all kinds of schools to fit your needs. You can find a variety of degrees offered including Certified Culinarian, Certified Sous Chef, Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Master Chef, and Personal Certified Chef. Additionally you can find culinary arts associate degrees; culinary baking and pastry arts associate degrees, diplomas in both these fields, and even technical certificates of credit for food production workers.  

Where Georgia succeeds as a culinary capital is that there is a deep love of food, and not merely up and coming trends, but a reverence for old style cooking, even with new twists.

Georgia chefs can also test their creativity with interpretations of the classics, but there is a welcome attitude for innovative cuisine and an expectation that traditional ingredients, like okra, cornbread, barbecue, fried chicken and catfish, and even fried green tomatoes, and the Georgia peach, can get new life from well trained and experienced chefs and cooks.

List of Culinary Schools in Georgia by City

Atlanta

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville GA

www.GwinnettTech.edu

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta GA

www.chattahoocheetech.edu

Southern Crescent Technical College

Griffin GA

www.sctech.edu

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta GA

www.atlantatech.edu/

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta GA

www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Atlanta

Tucker GA

www.chefs.edu/atlanta

Augusta

Augusta Technical College

Augusta GA

www.augustatech.edu

Virginia College-Augusta

Augusta GA

www.vc.edu/campus/augusta-georgia-college.cfm

Columbus

Columbus Technical College

Columbus GA

www.columbustech.edu/

South Georgia Technical College

Americus GA

www.southgatech.edu

Virginia College-Columbus

Columbus GA

www.vc.edu/college/columbus-georgia-colleges.cfm

Macon

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins GA

www.centralgatech.edu

Virginia College-Macon

Macon GA

www.vc.edu/campus/macon-georgia-college.cfm

Helms College

Macon GA

www.helms.edu

Savannah

Savannah Technical College

Savannah GA

www.savannahtech.edu

Virginia College-Savannah

Savannah GA

www.vc.edu/campus/savannah-georgia-college.cfm

Culinary Schools in Other Cities

Albany Technical College

Albany GA

www.albanytech.edu

Coastal Pines Technical College

Waycross GA

http://www.coastalpines.edu/

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Rome GA

www.gntc.edu

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro GA

www.ogeecheetech.edu

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Valdosta GA

www.wiregrass.edu

Athens Technical College

Athens GA

www.athenstech.edu/

West Georgia Technical College

Waco GA

www.westgatech.edu

North Georgia Technical College

Clarkesville GA

www.northgatech.edu

Degree: 
Associates
Bachelors
Certificates
Program: 
Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Hospitality Management
Location: 
Georgia