Louisiana is an important state on the food production landscape, producing soy, sugar, poultry, and dairy, and most importantly seafood. Local food and wine festivals are plentiful in the state and are perfect venues for gaining experience with local chefs. Festival themes emphasize crawfish, hot sauce, and jambalaya – traditional Louisiana foods and ingredients. Much of Louisiana draws tourists, so the food service and hospitality industries thrive in the state, making a culinary career a great opportunity.
Top Culinary Schools in Louisiana
- The New Orleans Culinary Institute
The New Orleans Culinary Institute is one of the top specialty schools in the state. This culinary school offers degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Cooking classes are based on real life kitchen training, allowing students hone their skills. Students also have the opportunity to work in the kitchen of the schools open-to-the-public restaurant, The Cellar.
- Nicholls State University
Nicholls State University is home of the John Folse Culinary Institute, which provides one of the fastest growing culinary programs in the state. The curriculum is hands on, and uses an array of internships to supplement classroom learning, with cooking classes being in small sizes.
- Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College< offers students three distinct Associate’s of Applied Science programs, either as a Chef Apprentice, Caterer, or in Pastry Arts. The apprenticeship program requires over 4000 hours of work-study under a certified chef, and 900 hours of classroom study.
- Louisiana Technical College
Louisiana Technical College has many campuses in within the state, offering an array of culinary training options. Some cooking classes offered by the culinary school include Associate’s in Applied Science, Technical Diploma, and Certificate of Technical Studies.
All Culinary Schools in Louisiana
|Bossier Parrish Community College||2719 Airline Drive North|
Bossier City, LA 71111
|Delgado Community College||615 City Park Avenue|
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399
Food and Nutrition
|Grambling State University||403 Main Street, Grambling, LA 71245||Culinary Arts|
|Louisiana State University||261 Knapp Hall|
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4300
|Food and Nutrition|
|Louisiana Tech University||P.O. Box 3167|
Ruston, LA 71272
|Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Louisiana Technical College||1101 Bertrand Drive|
Lafayette, LA 70502
|Louisiana Technical College||3250 N. Acadian Thruway|
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
|Louisiana Technical College||2010 North Market|
Shreveport, LA 71107
|McNeese State University||P.O. Box 92820|
Lake Charles, LA 70609
|Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Nicholls State University||PO Box 2090|
Thibodaux, LA 70310
|Northwestern State University of Louisiana||175 Sam Sibley Dr|
Natchitoches, LA 71497
|Southern University and A&M College||P.O. Box 11342|
Baton Rouge, LA 70813-1342
|Human Nutrition and Science|
|The New Orleans Culinary Institute||1519 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130||Culinary Arts|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||P.O. Box 43810, McKinley Street|
Lafayette, LA 70504-3810
|University of New Orleans||2000 Lakeshore Drive|
New Orleans, LA 70148
The above table compiles all culinary schools, culinary colleges, culinary institutes and cooking classes in Louisiana. Contact details and a link to the website for each culinary arts school are included, as well as a brief summary of the curriculum which can be expected in their cooking classes. You can also sort and search the table to narrow your search down.