Cooking Instructors

Culinary Instructor Helps Student with Pretzels

Cooking instructors teach the art of cooking, including food preparation, various cuisines, and techniques of cooking. They work at culinary schools, colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and stores that offer cooking classes. They teach students who are seeking degrees in the culinary arts as well as those who are simply interested in cooking as a hobby. Cooking instructors are also known as culinary instructors, cooking teachers, and culinary arts professors.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cooking Teachers, Culinary Arts Professors, Culinary Instructors
Duties Teach students about the culinary arts; plan and lead classes; demonstrate cooking techniques; describe the use of various ingredients
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Speech
Experience Culinary arts institutions typically require teachers to have at least three years’ experience in the restaurant or food service industries
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Cooking School Director, or Department Head, or Cooking School Owner
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Teacher’s Assistant