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Minnesota Food Service Jobs

September 25, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis/St. Paul 0 Comments

Pop quiz: What is the northern most state in the continental United States? (Cue thinking music.) OK. Times up. What’s your answer?

Yes, Minnesota, of course. It’s so far north, in fact, that one part of it is surrounded on three sides by Canada. So what does that have to do with Minnesota food service jobs anyway? Everything. Along with the northern geography comes plenty of winter weather. And all of that cold and snow affects everything that happens in Minnesota, even what you can and can’t do with food and the culinary arts. We prefer to look at this as a creative opportunity instead of a hindrance.

Chefs Looking for Creative Opportunities

Let’s take a look at some creative opportunities for Minnesota food service jobs.

Food Service at the New Target Field
Minnesotans are sports crazy, especially winter sports like hockey and ice fishing, but they also like to celebrate spring and summer. And in the U.S., that means baseball. The Twins are moving into a new home in the spring of 2010. Target Field will open its doors to Minnesota sports fans with a big celebration that will include plenty of food. Food service personel at the park will be responsible for feeding thousands of hungry Twins fans for the 81 home games and other stadium events.

Artisanal Cheese Maker
Minnesota likes its southern neighbor, Wisconsin, is rich with dairy farms. That means opportunities for anyone interested in creating delicious and creative dairy products. Aged cheeses are also perfect foods for Minnesota’s long, cold winters. Theses full-flavored delicacies don’t depend on seasonality to be at their best. They can be made and enjoyed year round.

Owner of a Locally-Sourced Organic Restaurant
Minnesota is following the locally-sourced food trend just like other parts of the country. Minnesota chefs are turning to local farmers to provide the meats and produce that they serve in their restaurants. And for diners who have begun to care as much about where their food comes from as how it tastes, this is good news. As the owner of your owner restaurant, you can fill your refrigerators and pantries with delicious, locally-sourced Minnesota foods.

Culinary Educator
Someone taught you how to cook. Maybe it was your Mom or your great uncle Joe. Or maybe it was a Minnesota food service professional. Whoever it was, you should consider giving back to the culinary community by teaching the next generation of culinary professionals.

Apple Pie Baker
Minnesota isn’t nationally known for apple crops, but Minnesota farmers grow dozens of varieties of apples. And what better way to celebrate that diversity and your MN baking school education than to specialize in apple pies. Not into apple pie? How about tarte tatin? Apfelstrudel? Apple cobbler? No matter your style you’ll find plenty of opportunity to turn Minnesota apples into delicious treats.

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