Cooking Schools in Iowa

Although Iowa's top industries include Administrative and Support Services and Nursing and Residential Care Facilities, Iowa offers students the opportunity to pursue higher education in a broad range of disciplines. Cooking schools in Iowa can provide students with the experience and wisdom they need to succeed as a cook. There are 5 cooking colleges in Iowa for students to choose from. In the 2008-2009 school year, reportedly 123 students completed cooking programs in Iowa.

CitySchoolPrograms Offered
Cooking Schools in Ankeny Des Moines Area Community College
2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA, 50023
  • Certification in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
  • Associates in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
Cooking Schools in Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52406
  • Certification in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
  • Associates in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
  • Associates in Restaurant Culinary and Catering Management / Manager
Cooking Schools in Davenport Eastern Iowa Community College District
306 W River Dr
Davenport, IA, 52801
  • Certification in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
  • Associates in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
Cooking Schools in Fort Dodge Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA, 50501
  • Associates in Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
Cooking Schools in Ottumwa Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview
Ottumwa, IA, 52501
  • Certification in Culinary Arts / Chef Training
  • Associates in Culinary Arts / Chef Training

Cooking Salaries in Iowa

City 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile 90th Percentile Average
Ankeny $16,835.71 $18,181.43 $22,034.29 $27,482.86 $33,678.57 $23,740.00
Cedar Rapids $18,858.57 $20,424.29 $23,864.29 $27,285.71 $32,338.57 $24,427.14
Davenport $16,821.43 $18,738.57 $24,265.71 $29,388.57 $33,221.43 $24,715.71
Fort Dodge $16,025.00 $17,198.33 $19,310.00 $22,116.67 $25,571.67 $20,170.00
Ottumwa $17,600.00 $19,244.29 $22,075.71 $26,880.00 $31,251.43 $23,372.86

Cooking Jobs in Iowa

Cooking Careers

ProfessionSkills RequiredDuties Performed
Private Chef
  • Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Create and explore new cuisines.
  • Plan and prepare food for parties, holiday meals, luncheons, special functions, and other social events.
  • Travel with employers to vacation homes to provide meal preparation at those locations.
Food Preparer
  • Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
  • Stir and strain soups and sauces.
  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
Prep Cook

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