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Culinary Schools in Miami

If you're a chef on the southeast coast of the U.S., you can't go bigger than Miami. It's the largest metro area in the region and has a population of 2.5 million people. Miami is a major hub for Latin America and is home to immigrants from Cuba, Central America, and South America, so there's no surprise that the city's food has a Latin flare. Many innovative restaurants in Miami are offering fusion cuisine that has a combination of Latin, Asian, French, and American flavors. Diners can also get a taste of Miami outside, since food trucks are hot in the city and serve everything from fried green tomatoes to barbecue. Students attending culinary school in Miami and its surrounding areas can look to these resources as part of their education.

Miami Culinary Schools and Employment

With nearly 1 million employees, the hospitality and restaurant industry is Florida's largest employer. According to the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, hospitality is 23 percent of Florida's economy. The flavors culinary masters have to offer are definitely appreciated by Miami restaurant goers: people eat out more than three times a week in Miami and South Florida, according to the 2012 Zagat Survey. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2013 that chefs and head cooks working in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metropolitan area earned mean annual wages of $55,240.

While you can work your way up with restaurant experience alone, a degree could help your career. If you're looking to join the culinary scene as a chef, look in to Miami culinary schools for a degree; baking and pastry schools are also available for those aiming to make sweeter items. To learn more about culinary schools in Miami and in nearby areas, take a look at what the institutions listed below have to offer.

Additional Resources for Culinary Arts Students
The 2012 Zagat Survey on Miami/South Florida eating trends
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association on Florida’s hospitality and restaurant sector
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on culinary education and job opportunities

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Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
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Other Miami, Florida Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center Culinary Arts
Miami Dade College Culinary Arts Program Associate in Science Degree