Long before “farm to fork” became a national catchphrase, restaurants in Grand Rapids were sourcing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products from area farmers, as they have been for decades. The ready availability of quality food is one reason there has always been a much larger community of locally owned restaurants in this region. Proximity to Lake Michigan provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. With 200,000 inhabitants there is a current push towards education of the consumer with food, beer and spirits in the local establishments. Chefs and head cooks in Grand Rapids can average $40,000 yearly according to BLS. Bakers in Grand Rapids see an average of $25,000, food service managers average $46,000, and even fast food cooks can see up to $29,000, though this is admittedly the higher end of the scale. But what this shows is that Grand Rapids has excellent growth potential for years to come.

Culinary Schools in Grand Rapids Michigan

Baker College of Muskegon

Muskegon MI - Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids MI


Grand Rapids Michigan