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Chef2Chef brings together an interactive community of culinary professionals and foodies alike, connecting them through in-depth news stories, student blogs, recipe sharing and job opportunity listings. This site connects prospective students to the best culinary arts Programs & schools in the country, matching student interests to the right educational program. Online cooking classes can help kitchen novices learn the basics about cooking. From our culinary school directory to our chef job board, commune with fellow food lovers and find the resources you need.

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Popular culinary careers

With more than $683 billion in annual sales, restaurants are major players in the culinary industry, employing 13.5 million individuals across the country. Indeed, the culinary scene is a behemoth and only growing, fed by a growing appetite for all things food. Driven by 24-hour food-focused television channels, popular chefs have become the food superstars of today, helping to spur the popularity of and expand interest in culinary careers and education.

But, whether you want to become the next Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsey, or Rachael Ray, open a Michelin star-rated restaurant, or capture a James Beard award, training is the first step. Because careers within the culinary arts are so varied, you can pursue multiple educational and professional opportunities in the field.

Popular careers in the culinary arts include the following:

Pastry chef. Pastry chefs call upon their creative baking skills to prepare a host of culinary delights, from cakes to pies, gelato to chocolates.

Executive chef. Responsible for keeping a finger on the pulse of every operational element of a kitchen, from supervising food preparation to managing food costs, selecting a menu to hiring staff.

Hospitality manager. Within the travel, tourism and hotel industry, the hospitality manager helms operations, dealing with the minutiae of customer experience, from the prices a tourist sees on a menu to the staff hired to greet them at the front desk.

Restaurant manager. Tasked with ensuring the daily functions of a restaurant are organized and efficient, restaurant managers handle a variety of tasks from designing menus to staff scheduling, managing public relations to event planning.

Sous-chef de cuisine. The right hand of an executive chef, sous-chefs are responsible for managing the daily functions of a kitchen, from overseeing food presentation to training junior chefs.

Culinary career outlook and opportunities

The culinary arts industry is as big as it is diverse, presenting culinary arts school graduates with the opportunity to pursue careers in a variety of locations and work environments. Common culinary establishments include restaurants, hotels, wineries, bakeries, schools, private households, spas and more.

Nationally, the job outlook for culinary professions is muted, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting single digit employment growth between 2012 and 2022 for several occupations, including chefs (5%), food service managers (2%), pastry chefs (2%), and hotel managers (1%). However, these nationwide statistics are misleading. Although the overall demand appears to be tempered, culinary arts professions remain in demand in numerous states throughout the country, especially in Idaho, Texas, Arizona and Colorado.

Below is a list of 2012 and 2022 employment growth projections by profession for several culinary occupations:

BakersChefs and head cooksFood service managersPrivate chefs
Idaho: 26% Arizona: 21.2% Arizona: 32% Nevada: 16.7%
Texas: 20.8% Utah: 19.5% Texas: 30.6% Colorado: 16.7%
Georgia: 19.8% Texas: 19.4% Idaho: 28.3% Connecticut: 15.4%
Colorado: 18.5% Washington: 18.4% Utah: 27.5% Texas: 14.5%
Utah: 17.8% Idaho: 17% New York: 26.2% Florida: 13.6%

Education in the culinary arts

The culinary industry doesn't discriminate. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a career changer, a college student thinking about switching majors, or someone looking for advancement, you can find a learning environment that's right for you. The most important eligibility requirement for prospective culinary arts student is passion, passion for food, passion for the opportunity to serve others.

If you have this passion for food and are ready to chase a career in an at once challenging but rewarding industry, then consider enrolling in an educational program in the culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary and restaurant management, or hospitality and hotel management.

Sources:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chefs and Head Cooks, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Food Service Managers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/food-service-managers.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lodging Managers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/lodging-managers.htm
  • Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com
  • National Restaurant Association, Facts at a Glance, http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/Facts-at-a-Glance

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