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post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone,

                  I have some questions about New Orleans and I hope someone can direct me. I live in OKC and because of the low unemployment rate, I over-estimated the culinary opportunities here. The casual dining scene is fairly quiet and there aren't too many high-end bistros, American Nouveau or destination restaurants. During the summer, the city empties out so I need to live in a city that has year-round clientele. I lived in NYC, love it but too expensive and competitive. I've always wanted to live and work in New Orleans but was too concerned about safety. Now.....I'm not worried about it anymore. Can someone tell about the culinary scene there? Are restaurants busy year-round? What are some good restaurants/groups to look into? Thank you.

post #2 of 6

I've visited N.O. several times and have always enjoyed the culinary scene there. Unfortunately, you might find difficulties there too . My impression was you'd be starting at the bottom especially with some of the more established places. Difficult but not impossible.

 

If you're looking for more opportunities, have you ever considered Atlanta, Charleston or Orlando.

 

I had 12 years in the Atlanta market and you could say I "cut my teeth" there. When one opportunity closed, there were always options available. Granted much has changed in the 17 years since we moved away but we've returned several times and have noticed the expansion never seems to stop. There's always something happening in Buckhead or Mid-Towno not forgetting to mention the Roswell and Marietta areas. Even south near Jonesboro and Forest Park have grown. I can only guess there would be substantial opportunities available if you have the qualifications.

 

Charleston is small but has opportunities and Orlando just never stops.

 

We were just in Orlando and I started thinking why I never took some people up on the advice or invitation to move there. Granted we're talking about circa 1986 but in all honesty, I couldn't think of an answer other than I was just very focused on where I was and what I wanted to accomplish with them.

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Originally Posted by oldschool1982 View Post
 

I've visited N.O. several times and have always enjoyed the culinary scene there. Unfortunately, you might find difficulties there too . My impression was you'd be starting at the bottom especially with some of the more established places. Difficult but not impossible.

 

If you're looking for more opportunities, have you ever considered Atlanta, Charleston or Orlando.

 

I had 12 years in the Atlanta market and you could say I "cut my teeth" there. When one opportunity closed, there were always options available. Granted much has changed in the 17 years since we moved away but we've returned several times and have noticed the expansion never seems to stop. There's always something happening in Buckhead or Mid-Towno not forgetting to mention the Roswell and Marietta areas. Even south near Jonesboro and Forest Park have grown. I can only guess there would be substantial opportunities available if you have the qualifications.

 

Charleston is small but has opportunities and Orlando just never stops.

 

We were just in Orlando and I started thinking why I never took some people up on the advice or invitation to move there. Granted we're talking about circa 1986 but in all honesty, I couldn't think of an answer other than I was just very focused on where I was and what I wanted to accomplish with them.


Charleston S.C.? I never considered it. I worked for a chef in NYC that moved there and since then wondered what was the appeal. For a small historic town, it sure does have a lot of BOH job opportunities and finding a fishing spot would be easy. I think Florida's stand-your-ground laws would scare me more than the worst neighborhoods in New Orleans. I love historic cities like Atlanta but its economic recovery seems slower than average. Thanks for piquing my interest in Charleston. Stephen Colbert grew up there so that's also appealing.

post #4 of 6

Not a problem and glad I could help. 

 

Our last visit to Atlanta was in 2010 and things seemed okay while we were there. Have family living there and they all seem to think things are well back on track. Their business does a great deal of work with the Hospitality Industry and they seem to have recovered fairly strong.

 

The wife and I loved the Low Country and had a home in Beaufort, SC from 97-99 and our daughter was born in Beaufort. However, I found the best opportunities on Hilton Head Island. Even though it was a good hike, that's where the opportunity and pay was but since the DW's job was equal distance the other direction, it was a fair compromise. Also, 8 years ago before Virginia became our current home, that was our target to return to.

 

Anyhow, if you head that way, follow 17 to 21 to 170. You can take the shot on 95 but the route I provided is more Coastal Hwy. There's a ton of road between 95 and each one of the major stops. This will take you from Charleston to Savannah with chances to see Beaufort and HHI along the way. You're better off in the 3 larger and more well known areas for competitive pay but there are so many Country Clubs, private communities and 50+ communities between Charleston and Savannah, especially in the HHI area, you never know what you might stumble upon. Myrtle Beach is also fairly close to the North of Charleston. Although, I don't know how seasonal their job market is. If you're a strong player in their business, you'd have no problem remaining employed.

post #5 of 6

I'm with Oldschool.

 

Look at the "Low Country" Area, Charleston from Savannah. I went to culinary school in Charleston (Johnson & Wales) and had the opportunity to work in many great restaurants while I went to school and after I graduated. That has been over 10 years and the culinary scene has only gotten better. You have chefs like Sean Brock with Husks and McGrady's and Mike Lata with FIGS doing some amazing stuff that, IMHO, is as good if not better than restaurants in NYC, LA, Chi, ect.

 

As of right now I am in the Savannah area getting ready to start a new gig with a Large private golf community in Savannah this coming Monday. These communities are like the gnats, they are everywhere. They are always looking for great talent and are busy year around. As Far as the Restaurant's, Savannah is on the brink of breaking into a full blown Culinary City. Hugh Acheson of 5-10 Athens, and Empire City City in Atalanta, just opened a new place in Savannah and there are other restaurant groups, mostly from Charleston and Atlanta that are starting to open locations in Savannah. Forget N.O. look at Charleston or Savannah. We have better weather, better beaches, and better food. If you have any specific questions about either city please feel free to PM me and ask.

 

Good Luck  

post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the information everyone. I think Charleston is a solid candidate mainly because of its size, culinary options, history, tourism, the community's historic preservation efforts and fishing options but also there is The VA Medical Center where I can get health care services........and the local paranormal claims might make things interesting.

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