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Many cities can be good locations to try and start a culinary career

by Olivia DeWolfe
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 15, 2011

Las Vegas is a culinary hotspot.One of the great aspects of being a chef is the increased ability to make a living virtually anywhere. But should you? Some cities are better than others when it comes to culinary schools, quality ingredients and a culinary arts bar set high enough to attract the chefs who make great food and the gourmands who eat it.

5 Featured Culinary Arts Cities

  1. In addition to being known for its night life, Las Vegas is a mecca for innovative food and lavish environs, attracting chefs like Wolfgang Puck and clients who want to be impressed by the food as much as the entertainment.
  2. New Orleans is a natural choice to want to cook due to its unique blend of cultures and flavors. The arts and music scene draws plenty of tourists hankering for Creole specialties like Kit Wohl's Shrimp and Tasso Henican with Five-Pepper Jelly and Hot Sauce Beurre Blanc.
  3. Teeming with the influence of flavors and eaters from the world over, New York City has everything a chef needs to stay inspired and creative. Considering the culinary schools in and around the city, the Big Apple is an ideal place for an aspiring chef.
  4. Home to more than 4,300 restaurants, San Francisco is a city passionate about eating, with its Napa wines, year-round fresh produce and access to Pacific seafood. Alice Waters is a good example of the kind of culinary arts visionaries you can find in San Francisco.
  5. With its local Chesapeake Bay flavors, vivid international food scene, and so many visitors and residents, Washington D.C. has a huge variety of eating venues from familiar to funky to five star.


If you want to be a chef and you're able to make a life anywhere, consider relocating to one of these culinary hotspots to try and give your career a blazing start.

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