New York is a must-visit state for those who long to eat some of the country's best-known dishes. Thanks to its bustling culinary scene and notable crop of culinary schools, it is a popular destination for those who want to learn to cook, too.
It is impossible to discuss New York state's culinary profile without mentioning New York City, which is somewhat of a national culinary mecca for chefs and foodies alike. What makes New York City's food scene so dynamic is its diverse population: Virtually all cultures -- and their cuisine -- are represented here, and in a variety of venues. According to Zagat (zagat.com, 2011), New York City -- and thus New York state -- plays host to some of the nation's finest chefs, including chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Mario Batali and Bobby Flay. It is home to hundreds of food trucks, diners and street-cart vendors. If someone wants it, chances are they can get it somewhere in New York. Still, some foods are so quintessentially New York that they deserve their own recognition. According to The New York Times (nytimes.com, 2012), these include New York-style pizza, cheesecake, Manhattan clam chowder, and bagels. Kosher deli classics, like pastrami and Jewish rye, are also among the state's culinary landmarks. Even the all-American classic hot dog was redefined here, as landmarks Nathan's and Coney Island can affirm.
New York's notable food scene extends far beyond New York City, however. The state's coastal position gives it access to plenty of fresh seafood, which takes center stage in sushi or seafood restaurants across the state. Also, given its central position in the American Northeast, New York has embraced a number of regional favorites from beyond its borders, including Philadelphia's famous cheese steak sandwiches or southern Boston's corned beef and mash. The state is also a staging ground for a number of culinary movements, including the slow, sustainable and farm-to-table trends. From rich or comfort food to light and healthy cuisine, New York has it all.
For those considering culinary schools in New York, the state's food scene may be reason enough to make the move. Another reason to consider settling here: New York's culinary industry is booming. According to a report from the National Restaurant Association (restaurant.org, 2013), restaurants will generate a projected $33.6 billion in sales in 2013 and account for about 751,000 jobs. The group also projects that between 2013 and 2023, New York will add 50,600 new restaurant jobs. This is significant, because every dollar spent in a New York restaurant adds an additional $.88 in sales to the state economy, so that for every $1 million spent, 20.6 new jobs are created. All of this could generate tremendous opportunity for future culinary pros considering culinary schools in New York.
Perhaps another reason New York may be the ideal launching pad for one's culinary career is its roster of respectable chefs who can serve as mentors to those new to the field. Whether their goals are personal culinary enrichment or to fulfill an externship requirement, culinary students may find that New York's restaurants can make dynamic classrooms, and its cast of seasoned chefs knowledgeable teachers.
New York Restaurant Industry At A Glance, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/newyork
New York City Food Lover's Guide: Who Came Out on Top?, http://www.zagat.com/buzz/new-york-city-food-lovers-guide-who-came-out-on-top
Lost, Then Found: New York Classics, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/dining/lost-then-found-new-york-food-classics.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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|Genesee Community College||Batavia||Hospitality Management|
|Broome Community College||Binghamton||Hotel/Restaurant Management: A.A.S.|
|Cuny Lehman College||Bronx||Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism|
|Monroe College - Main Campus||Bronx||Associate (A.A.S.) Degree Program in Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management|
|Cuny Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn||Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality|
|Cuny New York City Technical College||Brooklyn||Hospitality Management|
|Erie Community College - City Campus||Buffalo||Culinary Arts|
|Suny College at Buffalo||Buffalo||Hospitality Administration|
|Trocaire College||Buffalo||Hospitality Services Management|
|Villa Maria College Buffalo||Buffalo||Hospitality Services Management|
|Finger Lakes Community College||Canandaigua||Culinary Arts, Hotel & Resort Management|
|Suny College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill||Cobleskill||Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts Management, Restaurant Management|
|Suny College of Technology at Delhi||Delhi||Culinary Arts/Chef Training, Food and Beverage/Restaurant Mgmt.|
|Tompkins-Cortland Community College||Dryden||Hotel and Restaurant Management, Sport Management|
|Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Boces||Ft. Edward||Culinary Arts & Related Services|
|Nassau Community College||Garden City||Hospitality and Business|
|Cornell University - Endowed Colleges||Ithaca||Hospitality Services Management|
|Cornell University - NY State Statutory Colleges||Ithaca||Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH), MS and PhD Degrees in Hotel Administration|
|Saint Johns University - New York||Jamaica||Hospitality Management, Sport Management|
|Sullivan County Community College||Loch Sheldrake||Culinary Arts, Food Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pastry Arts, Professional Chef|
|Cuny La Guardia Community College||Long Island City||Travel,Tourism and Hospitality Management|
|Orange County Community College||Middletown||Culinary Boot Camp|
|Suny College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville||Morrisville||Food and Beverage/Restaurant Mgmt., Gaming and Casino Management, Travel & Tourism - Hospitality Management|
|French Culinary Institute||New York||Culinary Arts|
|New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus||New York||B.P.S.: Hospitality Management|
|Pace University-New York||New York||Hospitality Services Management|
|Wood Tobe-Coburn School||New York||Travel and Hospitality|
|Niagara University||Niagara University||Hospitality Services Management|
|New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury||Old Westbury||B.P.S.: Hospitality Management|
|Suny College at Oneonta||Oneonta||Food Service & Restaurant Administration|
|Bryant & Stratton College – Southtowns||Orchard Park||Restaurant & Hotel Management Associate Degree AAS|
|Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science||Paul Smiths||Culinary Arts & Related Services|
|Suny College at Plattsburgh||Plattsburgh||Foods & Nutrition Studies, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Program|
|Suffolk County Community College - Eastern Campus||Riverhead||Baking & Pastry Arts, Food and Beverage/Restaurant Mgmt., Hotel & Resort Management|
|Monroe Community College||Rochester||Culinary Arts Certificate program, Hospitality Management|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester||Hospitality and Service Management, Hospitality-Tourism Management|
|Niagara County Community College||Sanborn||Culinary Arts/Chef Training, Hospitality Management, Restaurant Management, Tourism Management and Event Planning|
|North Country Community College||Saranac Lake||Hospitality Services Management|
|Schenectady County Community College||Schenectady||Assistant Chef, Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management|
|Bryant & Stratton College – Syracuse||Syracuse||Restaurant & Hotel Management Associate Degree AAS|
|Onondaga Community College||Syracuse||Hospitality Management, Professional Cooking|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse||Sport Venue & Event Management|
|Mohawk Valley Community College-Utica Branch||Utica||Chef Training, Culinary Arts Management AOS, Food Service Administration: Restaurant Management AAS|
|Suny Westchester Commmunity College||Valhalla||Food Service Administration – Culinary Arts and Management|
|Erie Community College - North Campus||Williamsville||Culinary Arts, Hotel, & Restaurant Management|
|Putnam-Westchester Boces||Yorktown Heights||Culinary Arts/Chef Training|