Culinary Instructor

Teach students how to prepare food.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Culinary Instructors do?

Culinary Instructors teach cooking skills to the next generation of all-star Chefs. This position gives you the best of two worlds: You combine the awesome parts of being a Chef (expanding your kitchen creativity and taste-testing delicious foods, for starters) with the better aspects of teaching (including shaping young minds and more regular daytime hours).

There is an art to both cooking and teaching, and, as with any art form, you must have a passion for that art and continuously work to develop your proficiency in your craft. In this position, that means improving your teaching so you can spot when a student is mixing the crème into a sauce incorrectly, and developing the stellar cooking skills to show them how to improve their technique. This not only takes an expertise in your field, it also takes patience and an enjoyment of helping others.

Opportunities abound for a qualified Culinary Instructor. You may teach Asian Cooking for Couples classes at a community college, or pass down your specialized baking or Italian cooking skills at a specialty school. You might teach at one of the Crème de la Crème of premier Culinary Schools, or decide to share your culinary knowledge with High School or Trade School students – teaching them how to bake Quiche Lorraines and how to steam up something besides the rear windows of their dad’s Mustang.

No matter which path you choose, training a new generation of foodies is a satisfying and delicious career choice. And with the rising popularity of cable cooking shows and contests, everyone wants to be a Chef, which means there is an increase in the demand for great Culinary Instructors.

Should I be a Culinary Instructor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • How to become a Culinary Instructor

    We recommend at least a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's. Check out these schools offering Culinary Instructor-related education!
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