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Culinary Schools in Corpus Christi

Texas has long been a culinary powerhouse, with wide fields full of grain, enormous farms filled with cattle, and other important cash crops that keep agriculture moving along at a steady clip. In the coastal city of Corpus Christi, food also takes a starring role. As the original home of the Whataburger chain, as well as the location of numerous must-try eating and drinking establishments, this "Texas Riviera" has plenty to offer for those who want to hone their skills at Corpus Christi cooking schools.

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Famous restaurants in Corpus Christi

They say all things are bigger in Texas, and the portions served up on restaurant plates are definitely testament to that. In Corpus Christi, these restaurants offer not only great portions, but a dash of history and maybe even a bit of fun to go along with your impressive meal. From celebrity chefs to historic places, graduates of Corpus Christi culinary schools just might find inspiration -- and possibly a job -- at one of these fine establishments.

  • Vick's Famous Hamburgers: Though this place serves up much more than hamburgers, you absolutely must try their juicy burgers served on a toasted bun with a side of delicious fries. The old-fashioned atmosphere is enough to make even the most die-hard foodie ignore the other places.
  • Fajitaville: Featured on the Food Network, this three-story restaurant opened in 2011, but has already become a staple for locals and tourists alike. Each level of the restaurant offers a different dining concept, so you are sure to find exactly what you want.
  • Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain: In business for more than 55 years, this charming establishment is part gift-shop, part soda-foundation, and all down-home goodness. Come for the meal, browse while you wait, and then linger for the one-of-a-kind milkshakes.
  • Eddie's Restaurant: This Tex-Mex joint has been dishing up the good stuff for over 40 years. It opens early and serves up everything from tacos to burgers to rib-eyes. Breakfast is served all day long and the bakery offers plenty of take-home options.

Though the food is fantastic, it takes more than a great chef or a nice menu to stay in business as long as these famous restaurants have. Graduates of Corpus Christi cooking schools can enhance their education by taking business and management classes, as well as those in financing, accounting and even logistics. This offers a firm foundation for those who want to move into the restaurant business and eventually open up their own place.

Culinary career outlook in Corpus Christi

Those hoping to find an excellent career opportunity in Texas will be thrilled to learn that it has one of the highest rates of expected growth for employment in the restaurant industry. According to the National Restaurant Association, Texas is third in the nation for anticipated growth of restaurant employment from 2015 to 2025, behind only Arizona and Florida. This 22% increase in job openings will help propel Texas, including the Corpus Christi area, to even better economic opportunities.

Today, the state of Texas is home to a whopping 42,523 eating and drinking establishments, which employ 1,182,900 people -- that's ten percent of the state's workforce. In the Corpus Christi area, there are 1,387 eating and drinking establishments, staffed by just shy of 31,000 people. Some positions show more promise than others, with high growth numbers anticipated. Here are the positions where graduates of Corpus Christi culinary schools might find the best opportunities in the area, according to Projections Central:

  • Restaurant cooks: 34.3%
  • Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food: 32.4%
  • First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers: 30.6%
  • Food servers in a non-restaurant setting: 25.7%
  • Bartenders: 25.5%

Those who want to work in positions that are on the fringes of the restaurant industry might fare well in Texas. For instance, food scientists and technologists are expected to see job growth of 43.4%, dietitians will see growth of 30.1%, and concierges are expected to see a 33.7% increase in opportunity. Students at Corpus Christi culinary schools could boost their chances to land jobs like these by focusing strongly on science or hospitality courses, in addition to the core courses taught in cooking school.

Those who choose to enter into the culinary world will want to know what kind of payday they can expect. The following are the May 2014 salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for those in the Corpus Christi area for the fastest-growing jobs in the restaurant industry:

  • Restaurant cooks: $22,940
  • Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food: $17,770
  • First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers: $30,760
  • Food servers in a non-restaurant setting: $19,740
  • Bartenders: $18,480

Whether working in a bakery, starting a catering business, hooking up with a chain establishment or hanging your own shingle, Corpus Christi has a diverse, lively dining atmosphere that makes everything seem possible. It all begins with a thorough education from Corpus Christi cooking schools.

Sources:

  • Eddie's Restaurant, Corpus Christi Caller Times, http://www.caller.com/entertainment/eddies-restaurant-ep-930525954.html
  • Fajitaville, http://www.fajitaville.com/#!about-fajitaville/cete
  • Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain, http://www.hamlinpharmacy.com/aboutbio.html
  • May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Corpus Christi, TX, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_18580.htm#35-0000
  • Restaurant Employment Growth 2015 to 2025 (Projected), National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/Restaurant/media/Restaurant/SiteImages/News%20and%20Research/Forecast/2015%20Forecast/2015EmpGrowthMap.jpg
  • Texas Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • Texas Restaurant Industry at a Glance, National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/2015/TX_Restaurants2015
  • Visit Corpus Christi, Vick's Famous Hamburgers, http://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/eat/683/vicks-famous-hamburgers

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