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Top 6 Benefits to Pursuing a Culinary Career on the West Coast

September 22, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Sacramento 0 Comments

West Coast culinary careers run the gamut within the food industry, and each individual role provides hundreds of benefits. Here are just six of the many benefits to having a culinary career on the West Coast.

Reason #1 – Flexibility in Your Locale

As a culinary professional you could find a career in California or you could teach in one of the many fine cooking schools in Washington. There are few borders to where a culinary career could lead you. Whether you choose to pursue your chef career here on the West Coast or abroad, your options are flexible.

Reason #2 – An Invitation to Express Yourself

Chances are that if you are interested in a culinary career that you are a creative person. You are probably interested in creating unique dishes that are truly one of a kind. Part of the appeal of a culinary career is that you get to take what you learn in cooking schools and apply them to your practice.

Reason #3 – Variety Springs Happiness

Many office workers complain that each day is a lot like the day before. When you work as a career chef in California or in another Western state you have the luxury of having a new day every day you work in the kitchen. Changes in a menu, daily specials, and large events provide an opportunity to cook and bake new culinary items frequently.

Reason #4 – Cooking Schools

In Washington, Oregon, and California, there are cooking schools popping up all over. These cooking schools range from a degree or certificate program to a very casual one-time only cooking class. Part of the demand for cooking schools like these is to satisfy the average person’s foodie curiosity, but demand is also high because many people are looking to start pursuing their career in the culinary arts.

Reason #5 – A Healthy Outlook

People on the West Coast are conscious of what they eat and take their health seriously. Healthy menu items are always in demand. Fortunately, the warm weather means many fresh fruits and vegetables are accessible on the West Coast making it easy to cook healthy foods.

Reason #6 – A Variety of Flavors

On the West Coast there are a variety of different people from different backgrounds. From the North there are Canadian and European influences, from the South there are many Mexican and Latin American tastes, and then there are the Asian cultures from across the Pacific Ocean that have brought their culinary dishes here stateside.

With such a strong melding of flavors, it is no wonder there is a restaurant for everyone here. A California chef can choose to specialize in any number of ethnic food varieties or create a fusion of flavors.

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