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Culinary Schools in Orlando

The influence of Cuban and other Caribbean foods is strongly felt in south Florida, and the variety of spices and dynamic mixing of flavors influence local cooking styles as far "north" as Orlando. This popular tourism and convention destination's cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood and fruit, and Jamaican, Brazilian, Haitian and Puerto Rican influences are ever-present. After all, Florida leads the nation in the production of many citrus and tropical fruits. And with so much water nearby, Orlando seafood is sublime. Orlando cuisine has moved far beyond the Mickey Mouse stereotype, and visitors from all over the world flock to the city's French, Thai, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and Cuban and Floribbean restaurants. The year-round balmy weather and spectacular al fresco dining also doesn’t hurt. Graduates of Orlando culinary schools have much to look forward to.

Sharpen Your Knives: Culinary Schools in Orlando, Florida

According to the 2012 Zagat Survey, Orlando residents eat out 3.4 times a week, which exceeds the national average. In terms of earnings, head cooks and chefs working in the Orlando-Kissimmee area earned a mean annual wage of $52,910 as of May 2011, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida overall ranks second in nationwide employment for chefs and cooks, and with almost 86 million visitors in 2011, that's no surprise. Success in the restaurant business will largely depend on dedication, talent and commitment, but a degree in the culinary arts could lead to a great start. Take a look below at the baking and pastry schools and culinary schools in Orlando and nearby. Don't forget to keep your fish boning knife in excellent shape - you'll need it down there.

Additional Information on Orlando Culinary Arts
Orlando Sentinel lists Orlando cheap eats
Florida Department of Agriculture on agricultural products and facts
StAugustine.com answers: What's Floribbean cuisine?

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Other Orlando, Florida Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Mid-Florida Tech Commercial & Culinary Arts
University of Central Florida Hospitality Services Management
Valencia Community College Culinary/Pastry Management