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Culinary Schools in Pensacola

What's not to love about Florida? Pristine beaches, an interesting mix of people, year-round sunshine and no show shoveling, ever. Besides being a prime tourist destination, Florida is an attractive place for students. While Pensacola isn't the Caribbean, this westernmost city of the Florida panhandle is very attractive in its own right. If you are considering attending one of the Pensacola culinary schools, please read on to learn more about the city, its food culture, and data on potential earnings for those working in the Florida food and beverage industry.

Culinary Arts

Food industry in Pensacola, Florida

Food is big business in Florida, and Pensacola is no exception. In fact, Floridians spent $33.3 dollars at the 36,185 eating and dining establishments in 2013, and by 2023, the industry is projected to employ almost a million people in the state, as reported by the National Restaurant Association.

While the beaches around Pensacola are as outstanding as you would expect them to be in Florida, the area has much more than that to offer, including a dynamic culture and arts scene, offering fantastic bluegrass and country music entertainment -- so bring your boots! Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola is a popular event that lets attendees explore galleries after hours in a comfortable and fun way. The National Aviation Museum is one of the largest in the world, features more than 150 aircraft. And who knew that there's also a pre-Civil War brick fortress in the area?

Famous restaurants in Pensacola

Florida is all about seafood and exotic flavors, and while Pensacola is a long way from the Cuban-inspired fare that is so common in South Florida, there's great food to be had in this corner of the state, too. Florida is famous for certain foods and raw ingredients, such as (you guessed it) oranges, blue crab, stone crab, gator tail, key lime pie, conch fritters, the to-die-for rich Cuban sandwich, and other delicacies. All these can be enjoyed throughout the state, including Pensacola.

Speaking of seafood: the Pensacola Seafood Festival, now in its 38th year, takes place in late September and it draws large crowds. It is also one of the biggest arts and crafts festival in this part of the state. Pensacola has plenty of fantastic restaurants, of which we'd like to present just a few:

  • Fisherman's Corner: This simple seafood restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, but this no-frills eatery serves excellent fresh seafood -- most of it caught right in the Gulf of Mexico. It's Florida, but with a touch of Cajun, New Orleans-style.
  • Five Sisters Blues Café: This comfortable and casual eatery serves some of the best comfort food around with a Creole and Caribbean touch. Diners rave about the fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. These dishes might not be good for your waistline, but they are so worth the caloric splurge.
  • Jackson's Steakhouse: One of the fanciest restaurants in town (think starched white tablecloths and gorgeous plating), this steakhouse is located in a gorgeous building and features impeccable service. It can be a splurge, so you may consider doing lunch there for a more affordable meal.

Pensacola culinary salary and career info

Getting an education is always a great idea, but aspiring Pensacola culinary arts students might probably want to get some information on potential earnings in the field. We are happy to oblige with data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the entire state of Florida:

Occupation

Total Employment in Florida (2014)

Average Salary in Florida (2014)

% Job Growth (nationwide, 2012-2022)

Bakers

11,740

$24,940

6.5%

Butchers and Meat Cutters

9,790

$29,470

7.0%

Chefs and Head Cooks

6,300

$55,080

8.6%

Food Service Managers

8,200

$64,020

5.5%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

While information for the entire state of Florida can be indicative of earnings in Pensacola, it's ideal to get a bit more detailed information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics issues combined data for the city of Pensacola and the adjoining cities of Ferry Pass and Brent:

Location

Occupations

Total Employed (2014)

2014 Average Salary

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent

Bakers

200

$23,220

Butchers and Meat Cutters

210

$29,850

Chefs and Head Cooks

90

$46,080

Food Service Managers

90

$68,840

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

We know that choosing the perfect one for you among all the Pensacola cooking schools can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. We'd like to help you get started with the list below. Enjoy Florida and don't forget us when you have your own cooking show.

Sources:

  • Fisherman's Corner: http://www.fishermanscornerpk.com/
  • Five Sisters Blues Café, http://fivesistersbluescafe.com/#_=_
  • Florida restaurant association at a glance, National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/florida
  • May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Florida, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_37860.htm
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bakers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/bakers.htm
  • Jackson's Steakhouse, http://jacksonsrestaurant.com/#_=_
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, Butchers and Meat Cutters, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/butchers-and-meat-cutters.htm
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chefs and Head Cooks, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, Food Service Managers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/food-service-managers.htm
  • Pensacola Seafood Festival, http://www.visitpensacola.com/landing/seafood-festival?
  • Top 10 foods to eat while in Florida, Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/orl-best-food-in-florida-gallery-photogallery.html
  • Visit Pensacola, Arts and Culture, http://www.visitpensacola.com/landing/arts-culture
  • Visit Pensacola, Attractions, http://www.visitpensacola.com/landing/attractions

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