Many cities can be good locations to try and start a culinary career

by Olivia DeWolfe
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 15, 2011

Las Vegas is a culinary hotspot.One of the best things about being a chef is the increased ability to make a living virtually anywhere. But should you? Some cities are better than others when it comes to culinary schools, quality ingredients and a culinary arts bar set high enough to attract top chefs and the gourmands who love to eat great food.

Five superb culinary arts cities

1. Formally best known for its night life, Las Vegas is now a mecca for innovative food and lavish environs, attracting world famous chefs like Wolfgang Puck and clients who want to be impressed by the food as much as the entertainment. As the U.S. city with the highest concentration of chefs, it's also an excellent place to find work.

2. New Orleans is a natural choice to want to cook due to its unique blend of cultures and flavors. The arts and music scene draws plenty of tourists hankering for Creole specialties like Kit Wohl's Shrimp and Tasso Henican with Five-Pepper Jelly and Hot Sauce Beurre Blanc. New Orleans has all this plus a great culinary school close to downtown.

3. Teeming with the influence of flavors and eaters from the world over, New York City has everything a chef needs to stay inspired and creative. An hour from one of the best culinary schools in the world, the Big Apple is an ideal place for an aspiring chef.

4. Home to more than 4,300 restaurants, San Francisco is a city passionate about eating, with its Napa wines, year-round fresh produce and access to Pacific seafood. Alice Waters is a good example of the kind of culinary arts vision you'll find in San Francisco.

5. With its local Chesapeake Bay flavors, vivid international food scene, and so many visitors and super-busy residents, Washington D.C. has a huge variety of great eating venues from familiar to funky to five star. Enroll in a D.C. culinary degree program and make it a one-stop journey.

If you want to be a chef and you're free to make a life anywhere, consider relocating to one of these culinary hotspots to try and give your career a blazing start.

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