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Culinary Schools in Florida

Fresh Foods of Florida

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.

Florida cuisine

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."

Culinary schools in Florida

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.

Sources:

"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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            Additional Florida Culinary Arts Schools

            School             City Programs
            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

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