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Exploring Culinary Arts Schools in New England

September 22, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Boston 0 Comments

The largest population in New England may be in Boston, MA, but the culinary arts scene in that region of the country extends even far and wide. Small mountain towns and seaside villages have a long history of unique fare (lobster, anyone?), and anyone looking to a career in the culinary arts would be well-advised to look for schools and jobs in Massachusetts or beyond. You could be a pastry chef in Boston or a café manager on the coast of Maine—the choice is about what suits your lifestyle and your career goals.

Cosmopolitan Cities

Boston, MA is the most cosmopolitan area of New England. With major schools like Harvard, MIT, and Boston University, bright minds come to study—and play—in Boston. Weekends are meant for strolling along the waterfront or taking in a Red Sox game. And afterward, Bostonites like a great meal, which isn’t a problem in this hot spot of the culinary arts.

Given that, there’s certainly no shortage of culinary arts jobs in Massachusetts and greater New England. Hot Boston restaurants like Radius and Antico Forno feature some of the best culinary talents in Massachusetts, and with the right education and experience, you could be working alongside them. Good pastry chefs, for example, are always needed to augment the expertise of the haute cuisine chefs that draw people to their restaurants.

Earn a Degree

A pastry chef in Boston, MA however, must first have a strong background in the culinary arts. Experience with knife skills, safety, and kitchen management are almost as important as getting ingredient and flavor combinations right. To gain this experience, look into culinary arts certificate or degree programs in and around Massachusetts.

The bonus of attending a culinary arts school in Massachusetts is that you can network with chefs and restaurant owners while you’re getting your education, making it that much easier to pursue an MA culinary job once you’re finished.

The best part about attending a culinary arts school in Boston, MA (or anywhere in Massachusetts or New England) is that you’ll be able to enjoy a rich quality of life while getting your education. Getting a culinary arts degree or certificate is always a good idea, especially if you’re looking for a specialized job in the culinary field. Since Boston has some of the best schools, it’s a great place to study the culinary arts.


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