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Culinary Arts Schools in Washington, D.C.

With the exception of Senate bean soup, a daily fare offered in the U.S. Senate's restaurant, America’s busy capital city only has a few specialties to call its own. That doesn't mean that Washington D.C. isn't a town for foodies - quite the contrary. Washington D.C. is the ultimate ethnic food destination, fostering chefs such as Chef José Andrés, the charismatic guru of small-plate dining known as tapas in his native Spain. Within its small area, the capital is an enormous melting pot, and as such, cuisines from all over the world are easy to find: think Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Himalayan, etc. Vegetarian and vegan options also abound, reflecting the city's interest in cruelty-free, alternative food. With these resources, students of culinary schools in Washington D.C. and nearby areas have good reasons to eat, to study and to cook in this unique region.

Careers and Culinary Schools in DC

As reported by the 2012 Zagat Survey Summary, Washington D.C. residents are frequent diners, eating out an average of 2.6 times per week. And according to data from the National Restaurant Association, there are plenty of employment opportunities for aspiring chefs, pastry chefs and other restaurant professionals, with 2,035 bars and restaurants within the city limits as of 2010. Employment in this sector is expected to grow by more than 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in the potential creation of more than 3,000 new jobs.

In the culinary world, experience in the kitchen is important in working your way up through the kitchen ranks, but having a degree in culinary arts may also be beneficial. Have a look at culinary schools in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, such as culinary schools in Maryland and culinary schools in Virginia, to help you decide what food and beverage path to take.

Additional Resources for Culinary Students
The 2012 Zagat Survey on dining trends
Information on Chef José Andrés
National Restaurant Association information on the Washington D.C. restaurant sector

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