Hey Crew! I'm from Chicago. I'm interested in moving to Miami this September through November 2015. I'm wanting to hear from someone who has lived and worked there as a Cook or Chef in the past 5 years or so.
About me: I have held all positions in a kitchen from Line Cook to Executive Chef. I am not a C.S.C. or a C.E.C.. I have close to 20 years of Experience from Gastro Pubs, Mom and Pop, Country Clubs, Casino,Hotels. I am Culinary trained A.A.S.. I may be older but I still have a lot of energy and stamina.
My Situation: I don't drive or have a car, I've never needed one in Chicago with the C.T.A.. I am willing to get one if need be.
Assessment of my Future: I really don't care if I'm a Cook or Chef at this particular time. I have earn as much as a Fine Dining Cook and Gastro Pub Chef as I have a Corp. Chef. The compensations just get shoveled around.
Goal: To find work as a Cook or Chef close to where I'll live. Hopefully, there's public transportation. I don't mind commuting up to an hour each way, its very common in Chicago. I'd like work year round, but seasonal jobs are OK too. What's the salary range for cooks? And can I live independently on it? Cuisine doesn't matter as long as it's not a Fry House Coupled with Urban Cuisine, that is unless they pay $15-$20 as they do exist here at some very,large, busy night clubs.
Misc: Are there cash jobs out there?
Please Respond with as much detail and facts as possible as I am counting on my fellow Culinarians.