The flavors of the Southwest have become so popular they transcend geography, but to truly experience the spicy richness of this blended cuisine, Arizona is the place to dine. It's also a great place for those looking at culinary colleges in Arizona.
From Tucson to Sedona, Phoenix to Scottsdale, the food scene in Arizona continues to grow and evolve. Most notably, the Southwestern cuisine has transcended its Mexican and Native American origins to encompass today's healthier trends while maintaining its authentic nature. The use of local chiles stands out in Southwestern dishes, as does the use of beans, blue corn tortillas and myriad salsas designed for every palate.
The diversity of restaurants in Arizona will surprise many -- while Southwestern cuisine is most notable, restaurants such as Nobuo at Teeter House in Phoenix is widely known for its Japanese fare. Binkley's Restaurant, whose chef Kevin Binkley is up for a 2013 James Beard award, concocts such nouvelle cuisine as charred red wine octopus in the small Sonoran town of Cave Creek.
Food is more than just a restaurant experience in Arizona, however. Food trucks dot the major cities, offering such distinct food choices as Native American fry bread and crème brulee, plus they even have their own festivals for the mobile eateries, according to AZ Central (azcentral.com, 2012). Culinary events take place across the state almost weekly, from chili cook-offs to agave festivals, burger battles to wine-tasting festivals. Arizonans enjoys food, and the celebration and exploration never end.
For those looking at culinary colleges in Arizona, inspiration can be found everywhere, as the state holds the record for the most chefs who have won the James Beard Award for Southwest cuisine. According to AZ Central (azcentral.com, 2013), nine Arizona chefs, including Vincent Guerithault, Christopher Gross and Nobuo Fukuda, have been named Best Chef - Southwest by the culinary industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards.
For anyone considering culinary colleges in Arizona, a love of the region's foods is certainly a boon, but knowing that the state is experiencing some of the country's largest growth in the restaurant industry is even better. According to the National Restaurant Association (restaurant.org, 2013) Arizona restaurants will generate a projected $10.5 billion in sales in 2013, and the industry will account for about 262,200 jobs. The association is projecting that between 2013 and 2023, Arizona will add 41,600 new restaurant jobs. For both the state and prospective culinary students, this is a good sign because for each dollar spent in an Arizona restaurant, an additional $.90 in sales is added to the state economy. In turn, this means that for every $1 million spent, 23.5 new jobs are created in Arizona. For future culinary artists considering attending culinary schools in Arizona, the potential opportunities are abundant.
To learn the art of cooking in Arizona, students will likely learn about the tasty regional cuisine, but for those interested in other types of cooking, such as pastry chefs or those looking for a more international style of cooking, culinary schools in Arizona may fill the bill. The ability to meld the classroom experience with the opportunity to sample some of the area's many fine restaurants makes culinary colleges in Arizona a good choice for budding chefs.
"Arizona Restaurant Industry At A Glance," National Restaurant Association 2013, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/arizona
"15 top food trucks in metro Phoenix," Kaila White, Arizona Central, July 23, 2012, http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/dining/articles/20120725top-food-trucks-metro-phoenix.html?
"Restaurant Careers," Jobs Outlook, National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/Restaurant-Careers/Career-Development/Jobs-Outlook
"Regional Mexican Smackdown: Which Style Is Numero Uno?" Zagat, March 19, 2012, http://blog.zagat.com/2012/03/regional-mexican-smackdown-which-style.html
"Kevin Binkley once again a finalist for James Beard Award," Howard Seftel Arizona Central, March 18, 2013, http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/dining/articles/20130318kevin-binkley-james-beard-award-2013.html?nclick_check=1
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