Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has two catering schools within its city limits. Culinary Institute Alain and Marie Lenotre, the highest ranked school in the city with a catering program, has a total student population of 199. It is the 1635th highest ranked school in the USA and the 72nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Catering students from Houston schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 770 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $50,760. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,330/yr and there are 201,280 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 78.509 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.302/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 2 catering schools in Houston, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Culinary Institute Alain and Marie Lenotre comes out as the most expensive ($40,558/yr) for catering students, with The Art Institute of Houston as the lowest, reported at only $34,131/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|