My name is Chef Kalin, I am in Sierra Vista Arizona, This is not the place to be for a chef that wants to be awesome should be. I am ready for the move. I have 6 years of catering and prep cooking but I need to be under a Chef with a plan. I want to learn how to get to the next level. Any suggestions as to where I should be looking?
Where should I be?
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Here comes the "don't call yourself a chef" squad.
There are a lot of great food cities.
San Francisco CA
Los Angeles CA
New York, NY
It depends what you want and what you are looking for. Cities like Raleigh, Charleston, etc are smaller and probably less expensive to live in, while still maintaining a food identity and culture. Cities like New York and Chicago have world class restaurants that will propel you through your career.
Even in Arizona places like Scottsdale could be a great place to live and work. There are lots of great hotels, resorts and restaurants there.
There are great restaurants and chefs in every corner of the country...you might just have to seek them out. You should start with some research about cost of living, climate, culture, etc and whittle down where you want to live. Then get a plan together for a job. Visit the city if you can.
Thanks I have been doing research just want to hear from folks like you. I'd like to hear from the industry about what's hot. I have been doing prep and catering for the past 6 years and need to take the next step. I need to know where the best place to find the jobs, Craigslist has a lot of spam and I found a lot of con artists. So all advice needed and taken in.
I think you are asking the wrong question as the answer is so all-encompassing that it becomes useless. The questions that you should be asking are what kind of cuisines do I want to learn more about and where would I like to live. You can find great chefs (great does not necessarily mean famous) in almost every metropolitan area in the country. Cities, both big and small, are teaming with great chefs, although there are definitely cities that have more of a reputation as foodie cities than others, but that is changing all the time. 8 years ago no one would have mentioned Milwaukee as a food city, but it is starting to get a pretty good reputation. Obviously if you want to learn more about Cajun and Creole food then New Orleans is the place to be. Want to learn about BBQ and Southwestern cuisine, then maybe Austin, Dallas, Houston, or Santa Fe. You get the point. Determine where you want to live, whether it is a specific city or a more general region and then start doing some research on restaurants and chefs in those areas.
When was the last time you were there? Because to describe Austin as "up and coming" is wrong...its already dun up and com'd already. They have TONS of great restaurants.
It was well over 8 years ago now, so maybe things have changed a lot since then. Sorry if I confused anyone :-P I just remembered that the restaurant culture was a lot more interesting there than in other Texas cities I have been to