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Culinary Schools in Pomona

Part of the greater Los Angeles area, Pomona is located in the eponymous valley, between the area known as the Inland Empire and the San Fernando Valley. Although it's a bit of a drive to get to Hollywood and the ocean, the sky's the limit here in terms of careers, including culinary careers. Pomona is its own city with a population of almost 150,000, which makes it the seventh-largest city in Los Angeles County.

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Famous Pomona restaurants and festivals

Pomona is home to the Fairplex, where September is all about the L.A. County Fair, which features hundreds of musical acts, food vendors, rides, attractions, etc. Can't decide when and how often to go? Get the season pass and go as often as you would like. The Fairflex is also where many other events, such as drag racing, are held every year. The Classic Car Show is a popular event that attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the state. Now, why would you attend one of the Pomona culinary schools? Let's explore that a bit further.

While the area is mostly residential with relatively small industrial activity, there are still a number of great restaurants to be found. While there are many chain restaurants in the suburbs, as one might expect, there are a few edgier locales that focus on fusion and eclectic cuisines. Here are three popular spots that students may want to check out if they attend one of Pomona's culinary schools:

  • The Rookery Alehouse and Grill: This modern and sleek restaurant features great beers and solid food -- and the back room has comfortable communal tables that might lead to new friendships (or shared food). Try the Iron Tummy burger and the IPA-battered asparagus.
  • Pomona Fish Market: This is not a fancy place (think paper and styrofoam plates), but as with most hole-in-the-wall eateries, the food is great. The place has been around for some 80 years, and locals love the fried jumbo shrimp. It might not be healthy, but it's so tasty. And it's also very affordable -- don't miss the lunch specials.
  • Zuby's Café: Located in a small strip mall, this family-owned restaurant serves both Persian and Italian dishes, but stick to the delicious Persian fare, such as the beef shish kabob and make sure you get the hummus.

Pomona culinary salary and career info

Students of Pomona cooking schools may consider jobs in the large surrounding metro areas such as Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. Job growth for culinary careers in the state are steady, and close to the average growth of most jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those who will stay in California, here's what to expect from the food and beverage industry statewide:

Occupation

Total Employment in California (2014)

Average Salary in California (2014)

% Job Growth Nationwide (2012-2022)

Bakers

27,900

$26,490

6.5%

Butchers and Meat Cutters

20,840

$29,740

7.0%

Chefs and Head Cooks

15,840

$45,340

8.6%

Food Service Managers

34,600

$52,010

5.5%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

For those who want to stay in Pomona, the opportunities may not be as great. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't collect data just for the city of Pomona, but it does have information for the nearby area of Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario:

Location

Occupations

Total Employed (2014)

Average Salary (2014)

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario

Bakers

2,440

$25,330

Butchers and Meat Cutters

1,550

$30,960

Food Service Managers

3,000

$50,390

Though it's small, Pomona is a neighbor to one of the biggest foodie areas in the country, and it has a lot to offer college students in general. Its warm climate and proximity to both beaches and mountains make Southern California one of the most popular places in the country. And while the cost of living is still relatively high, Pomona is more affordable than in communities closer to the Pacific Ocean and in Los Angeles proper.

Attending culinary schools in Pomona could be a great first step into the culinary industry. Check out the listings below to find a school that best matches your needs.

Sources:

  • L.A. County Fair, http://www.lacf.com/
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_40140.htm
  • Pomona Fish Market, http://pomonafishmarket.com/
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates California, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm
  • The Rookery Alehouse and Grill, http://rookeryalehouse.com/

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