Little waterfront Peoria, with just 120,000 souls, is not a typical foodie destination, but this timeless river city is teeming with a wide range of trendy restaurants, and a riverfront farmer’s market that features Illinois-grown foods only. Approximately three hours southwest of Chicago it is the oldest European settlement in the state. Today an emerging arts, entertainment and dining district lines Peoria’s waterfront along the Illinois River. Whether you choose a funky spot for late-night cocktails in downtown Peoria, craft beer and pub fare, ice cream or frozen yogurt in East Peoria, you’ll find a great variety of food and drink among local establishments. According to the BLS, chefs and head cooks in Peoria can earn an average wage of $36,000. Restaurant cooks including fast food establishments typically earn just under $20,000, however cafeteria and institutional cooks come in at $26,000 annually. According to BLS and the National Restaurant Association growth rates in Peoria are expected to be approximately 7% into the next decade.

Culinary Schools in Peoria Illinois

Illinois Central College

East Peoria IL

www.icc.edu

Carl Sandburg College

Galesburg IL

www.sandburg.edu

OTHER CITIES IN ILLINOIS

Vatterott College-Quincy

Quincy IL

www.vatterott.edu

John Wood Community College

Quincy IL

www.jwcc.edu

Danville Area Community College

Danville IL

www.dacc.edu

Olney Central College

Olney IL

www.iecc.edu/occ

Rend Lake College

Ina IL

www.rlc.edu

Kaskaskia College

Centralia IL

www.kaskaskia.edu

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Associates
Bachelors
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Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Hospitality Management
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Illinois
Peoria Illinois