Special Recession Jobs

With fewer restaurants hiring because of the recession, where should a cook look for a position? If you still want to have "chef" on your resume, but the restaurant doors seem temporarily closed, check out these fields:

Health Industry

For a cook who loves to experiment and use lots of exotic ingredients and spices, making food at a hospital or retirement facility may seem like your worst nightmare. There are strict regulations in place when it comes to cooking for the sick or elderly due to compromised immune systems, so forget that properly salted, rare steak. Still, cooking in the health industry doesn't necessarily mean creating slop. Especially when it comes to high end retirement communities and nationally respect health facilities, there's a lot of emphasis place on a cook's ability to prepare delicious dishes within the dietary guidelines. Think of it as a Top Chef challenge, everyday!

Schools
Whether preparing pizzas for private schoolers or gourmet salads for the faculty dining hall of a university, there are plenty of cooking jobs in the educational field that don't involve donning a hair net and dishing out fish sticks. It's worth looking into private schools at all levels, from kindergarten to college, as the quality of food is one method many institutions use to attract prospective students. If you check out the menu the Obama daughters are served at Sidwell Friends, you'll realize the school cafeteria isn't about chicken patty day anymore.


Grocery Stores

With less people dining out, more focus has been turned to store bought meals at places like Whole Foods where the quality is still high, but the absence of tax, tip and beverage cost result in a cheaper meal. You might not be working on a restaurant kitchen's line, but the experience of cooking for large numbers is still valid.

Corporate Catering
Yes, those people who still have jobs at investment banks and law firms still need to eat. Obviously budgets are being cut in all areas, but the cafeterias of large corporation are expected to continue dishing out delicious grub for the remaining employees. Google cafeteria, anyone?

Private Nanny-Cook
So there may not be as many private chef jobs as there used to be, but I've seen a number of NYC families advertise for someone who can be a jack of all trades – cook, grocery shopper, nanny, even light cleaning. The hours tend to better than what you could expect from a restaurant, and if you don't mind dealing with the tots in addition to tater tots, the pay is usually better, too.

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            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
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            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
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            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
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            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
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            L'Ecole Culinaire , Saint Louis
            • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
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            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.