With nearly 8,000 restaurants in the Houston metro area serving nearly 2.2 million people, the region is on a culinary upward trajectory. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the leisure and hospitality industry in Houston employed 287,000 people in 2015, a 3.2% increase from the year before. Average salary for bakers is $23,000, chefs and head cooks at $34,000, but food service managers bring in a whopping $53,00 according to BLS. One venue often overlooked for culinary degree carrying students is Houston’s more than 100 golf courses, most with kitchens and in need of staff to turn out dependable food and ranging from blue-collar foods to an upscale clientele. Overall economic growth for Houston is slow but steady, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Though steakhouses dominate, followed by Tex-Mex there is also a growing trend in French, Thai, Japanese and Mediterranean foods and influences along with an up and coming vegetarian segment.

Culinary Schools in Houston Texas

Houston Community College

Houston TX


The Art Institute of Houston

Houston TX


Culinary Institute Inc

Houston TX


Alvin Community College

Alvin TX


Galveston College

Galveston TX


Lee College

Baytown TX


San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena TX