This picturesque New England state is rich in many things, including seafood, produce, great restaurants and opportunities for graduates of culinary schools. This state has everything students at New Hampshire culinary schools could want: interesting history, outdoor treasures and abundant recreational opportunities. Plus, there are foodie adventures galore, such as a dinner train that serves five-course meals (nhdinnertrain.com).
Eating in New Hampshire: of clam bakes, maple syrup and more
Aspiring chefs and foodies should be pleased by the state's easy access to top-notch ingredients. Many local chefs have embraced the farm-to-table principle, such as chef Jeffrey Paige, who owns Manchester's acclaimed restaurant Cotton.
When it comes to state culinary treasures, maple syrup, which is produced in traditional sugarhouses, is usually first on the list. Other New Hampshire foods include New England clam chowder and game meat, which can be found on many restaurant menus in the fall. Lobsters, clams and shrimp from Portsmouth oftentimes find their way into traditional summer clam bakes. The state's fresh water lakes and rivers mean that trout and fresh water salmon are readily available.
In the state capital, Concord, standout restaurants include The Barley House, which serves unexpected delicacies, such as gluten-free cilantro lime scallops. Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith serves Thanksgiving classics all year long, while the acclaimed Libby's Bistro in Gorham sources local ingredients to create its dishes. The state's largest city, Manchester, is the state's foodie epicenter, but culinary delicacies can also be found in every corner of the state, such as in traditional country inns, including the well-known Common Man, a small chain of New Hampshire restaurants. The Great North Woods area, located halfway between the equator and the North Pole, is home to many traditional dining spots, such as Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar, which also has an attached ice cream stand.
Culinary schools in New Hampshire: live, learn, earn
By all accounts, the restaurant industry in New Hampshire is growing at a good pace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head cooks and chefs in New Hampshire earned a median annual wage of up to $42,400 in May 2011 (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). Employment opportunities for graduates of New Hampshire culinary schools should be plentiful, as the National Restaurant Association (restaurant.org) projects a job growth of 7.9 percent throughout the next decade, which amounts to 4,800 jobs. Residents of New Hampshire also feel the overall positive impact of restaurant spending. For every $1 spent, restaurants in the state generate an additional $0.81 in sales for the state economy.
Sharpen your knives, get your apron ready and start a culinary adventure at New Hampshire culinary schools!
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