California Culinary and Cooking Schools (Chef Schools)

Career Information for Chefs in California

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Fast Facts for Chefs in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Napa, Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Vallejo, Fresno and Stockton
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Ana

Salaries for Chefs in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Napa, San Francisco and Modesto

Schools for Chefs in California are listed below.

Selected Culinary Schools in California

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  • Programs: Art of Cooking (D), Culinary Arts (AS), Baking & Pastry (AS), more...
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More California Culinary Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria Associate 13,176
American River College Sacramento Associate 33,821
Antelope Valley Medical College Lancaster Associate 834
Bakersfield College Bakersfield Associate 17,405
Cabrillo College Aptos Associate 15,114
Cerritos College Norwalk Associate 22,273
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Associate 18,736
City College of San Francisco San Francisco Associate 46,411
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Associate 17,499
College of the Desert Palm Desert Associate 8,597
College of the Redwoods Eureka Associate 6,025
Columbia College Sonora Sonora Associate 2,734
Contra Costa College San Pablo Associate 7,147
Cosumnes River College Sacramento Associate 12,967
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Associate 10,920
Cypress College Cypress Associate 13,592
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill Associate 19,768
Fresno City College Fresno Associate 21,624
Glendale Community College Glendale Glendale Associate 16,827
Grossmont College El Cajon Associate 17,359
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe Associate 2,576
Laney College Oakland Associate 11,745
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar Associate 8,493
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles Associate 13,194
Mendocino College Ukiah Associate 4,347
Merced College Merced Associate 10,890
MiraCosta College Oceanside Associate 10,682
Mission College Santa Clara Associate 8,832
Modesto Junior College Modesto Associate 18,546
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Associate 9,238
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa Associate 24,424
Oxnard College Oxnard Associate 6,803
Palomar College San Marcos Associate 27,222
Pasadena City College Pasadena Associate 26,672
Riverside Community College Riverside Associate 30,961
Saddleback College Mission Viejo Associate 18,371
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino Associate 12,839
San Diego Mesa College San Diego Associate 21,437
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton Associate 18,668
San Jose City College San Jose Associate 9,805
Santa Ana College Santa Ana Associate 33,514
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara Associate 21,632
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Shasta College Redding Associate 9,102
Victor Valley College Victorville Associate 10,149
West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore Associate 3,833
Yuba College Marysville Associate 9,904

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Chefs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Chefs relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bakersfield 0 $24800 0
Fresno 230 $43410 0.73
Chico 70 $38230 0.97
Oxnard 290 $40860 1.05
Thousand Oaks 290 $40860 1.05
Ventura 290 $40860 1.05
Redding 0 $32780 0
Riverside 1280 $46340 1.04
San Bernardino 1280 $46340 1.04
Ontario 1280 $46340 1.04
Sacramento 1310 $43010 1.59
Roseville 1310 $43010 1.59
Arden 1310 $43010 1.59
Arcade 1310 $43010 1.59
Salinas 240 $51940 1.58
Los Angeles 6830 $37440 1.29
Long Beach 6830 $37440 1.29
Anaheim 6830 $37440 1.29
Madera 40 $30890 1.16
Modesto 90 $41870 0.6
Napa 180 $45420 2.79
San Diego 1980 $41530 1.56
Carlsbad 1980 $41530 1.56
Santa Cruz 160 $35620 1.92
Watsonville 160 $35620 1.92
Santa Maria 180 $55470 1.07
Santa Barbara 180 $55470 1.07
Santa Rosa 280 $45220 1.59
San Francisco 3790 $43710 1.85
Oakland 3790 $43710 1.85
Hayward 3790 $43710 1.85
Stockton 80 $39500 0.4
Lodi 80 $39500 0.4
San Jose 940 $50380 0.99
Sunnyvale 940 $50380 0.99
Santa Clara 940 $50380 0.99
Vallejo 230 $31560 1.98
Fairfield 230 $31560 1.98
Visalia 90 $41210 0.66
Porterville 90 $41210 0.66
San Luis Obispo 240 $36190 2.31
Paso Robles 240 $36190 2.31
Arroyo Grande 240 $36190 2.31
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