Florida cooking is all about fresh food - from the sea and the land. Called the Sunshine State, Florida has been a tourist destination for those fleeing the winter states of the U.S. for over a century and today boasts a $67 billion-a-year international and national tourist industry (stateofflorida.com, 2011). The state is also home to wide swaths of wetlands known as the Everglades, as well as 663 miles of beaches.
While northern Florida and the state's western panhandle have a rich Southern culinary history -- barbecued frog legs and slow- cooked alligator tail come to mind -- southern Florida has a cuisine all its own. Known as "Floribbean," this culinary fusion combines the seafood of the Caribbean, the fresh fruit of the Keys, and the Latin spices of Cuba, resulting in dishes such as crab with mango red curry and yucca served over black beans with a side of gumbo.
Florida is all about fusion, which isn't surprising for a state that attracts more than 87 million visitors and is a top travel destination for the world. In a November 30, 2012, article for Florida Trend, Chris Sherman wrote that the future of Florida dining can be found in a fusion of flavors.
"The center of Florida cuisine lies somewhere in this triangle between Japan, Peru and the Deep South," writes Sherman. "It is a mash-up of handsome presentation, exotic flavor and hand-made comfort cooking, a cuisine shaped with earnestness and celebrity glitz."
At Florida culinary schools, students may have the opportunity to experiment with distinct regional flavors and ingredients. In addition to providing a place for culinary experimentation, Florida cooking schools can also prepare students for managing a kitchen in one of the busiest and most glamorous locales in the nation. With high-rise restaurants such as Juvia or restaurants with lines out the door such as Yardbird, there are many options for Florida's culinary graduates to continue their learning within the state.
"Facts about Florida," State of Florida.com, 2013, http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=95
"The Future of Florida Dining," Florida Trend, 2012, http://www.floridatrend.com/article/14994/the-future-of-florida-dining
"Floribbean cuisine is the marriage of the familiar, and not-so-familiar," St. Augustine, 2004, http://staugustine.com/stories/042204/foo_2230743.shtml
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|South Florida Community College||Avon Park||Hospitality Services Management|
|Webber College||Babson Park||Hospitality & Tourism Management|
|Lynn University||Boca Raton||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Master of Business Administration in Business Administration - Hospitality Management|
|Southtech Academy||Boynton Beach||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|
|Manatee Technical Institute||Bradenton||Culinary Arts, Travel and Tourism|
|Lee County High Technical Center - North||Cape Coral||Culinary Arts|
|Washington-Holmes Technical Center||Chipley||Culinary Arts & Related Services|
|Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater||Clearwater||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus||Cocoa||Culinary Operations|
|Atlantic Vocational Technical Center||Coconut Creek||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|
|William T Mcfatter Vocational Technical Center||Davie||Culinary Arts & Related Services|
|Bethune Cookman College||Daytona Beach||Culinary Arts, Hospitality Services Management|
|Daytona Beach Community College||Daytona Beach||Culinary Management, Culinary Operations - Baking and Pastry Specialization, Hospitality Management|
|Lake Technical Center - Lake Culinary Institute||Eustis||Chef Apprenticeship, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Broward Community College||Ft Lauderdale||Culinary Arts Management Associate in Science Degree, Food & Beverages Management Certificate, Guest Services Specialist Certificate, Hospitality and Tourism Management Associate in Science Degree, Restaurant Management Associate in Applied Science degree|
|Edison Community College||Ft Myers||Hospitality and Spa Operation|
|Lee County High Technical Center - Central||Ft Myers||Culinary Arts|
|Indian River State College||Ft Pierce||Associate in Applied Science degree in Restaurant Management with a Culinary Arts Specialty, Culinary Arts Apprenticeship (Certificate Program)|
|Okaloosa Applied Technology Center||Ft Walton Beach||Culinary Arts & Related Services|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Sport Management|
|Florida National College||Hialeah||Hospitality Services Management|
|Sheridan Technical Center||Hollywood||Certificate in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Sheridan Vocational Center||Hollywood||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville||Culinary Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Technical Education Center - Osceola||Kissimmee||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|
|Palm Beach Community College||Lake Worth||Culinary & Hospitality|
|Traviss Career Center||Lakeland||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Schiller International University||Largo||International Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center||Live Oak||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|
|Chipola Junior College||Marianna||Culinary Management|
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center||Miami||Culinary Arts|
|Miami Dade College||Miami||Culinary Arts Program Associate in Science Degree|
|Florida Memorial College||Miami Gardens||Dual-Degree Program in Business Administration and Hospitality Management, with Florida International University|
|Saint Thomas University||Miami Gardens||Tourism & Hospitality Management|
|Miami Lakes Educational Center||Miami Lakes||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Radford M Locklin Technical Center||Milton||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology||Naples||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Okaloosa-Walton Community College||Niceville||Hospitality Services Management|
|Florida International University||North Miami||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Certificate Programs, Master of Science in Hospitality Management|
|Johnson & Wales University - North Miami Campus||North Miami||Bachelors Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management, Bachelors Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Baking & Pastry Arts Associate in Science, Culinary Arts|
|Mid-Florida Tech||Orlando||Commercial & Culinary Arts, Hotel & Resort Management|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||Hospitality Services Management|
|Valencia Community College||Orlando||Culinary/Pastry Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Restaurant and Food Service Management|
|Gulf Coast Community College||Panama City||Culinary Management|
|George Stone Area Vocational Technical Center||Pensacola||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Pensacola State College||Pensacola||Culinary Arts/Management, Event Planning Management, Food And Beverages Management, Guest Services Specialist, Hospitality And Tourism Management|
|Charlotte Vocational Technical Center||Port Charlotte||Culinary Arts – High School, Hospitality & Tourism|
|Sarasota County Technical Institute||Sarasota||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts, Culinary Apprenticeship|
|First Coast Technical Institute||St Augustine||Culinary Arts|
|Pinellas Technical Education Center||St Petersburg||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts|
|Saint Petersburg Junior College||St. Petersburg||Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Capital Culinary Institute of Keiser College||Tallahassee||Associate of Science in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts|
|Dedman School of Hospitality||Tallahassee||Major in Hospitality Management, Major in Professional Golf Management, Minor in Hospitality Management|
|Brewster Technical Center||Tampa||Culinary Arts|
|D G Erwin Technical Center||Tampa||Culinary Arts|
|Hillsborough Community College||Tampa||Culinary Arts Certificate Program, Culinary Management Program, Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Northwood University - Florida Education Center||West Palm Beach||Hospitality & Recreation Mrktng, Hospitality Services Management|
|Ridge Technical Center||Winter Haven||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|