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Culinary Arts Schools in Missouri

Many say that Kansas City, Missouri is the capital of barbecue and that the city is home to more barbecue restaurants than any other place in the country. There's no doubt that barbecue and food are serious business here in the American heartland, where debates about who makes the best brisket are part of dinner conversations. Beyond grilled meats, fish fry events in the lakes area and the German influence in the Ozarks have made Missouri a unique culinary area.

The Advantages of Culinary Arts Schools in Missouri

Hermann, Missouri, strikingly similar to the German Rhineland, is known for its sweet white wines. Learning the culinary craft here means that students will be exposed to a variety of cuisines, especially German, as immigrants from central Europe have left their mark in Missouri. Aspiring culinary professionals might also very well go beyond the traditional curriculum and learn to prepare regional specialties, such as hearty German soups, green tomato pie and persimmon sugar plums.

Getting a degree at one of Missouri's culinary arts schools may open up myriad opportunities in the kitchen and beyond. Some graduates might use their degrees as an entry ticket into other related professions, such as caterers, wedding coordinators, mixologists or restaurant reviewer. In addition, becoming a dietitian or nutritionist might be a good career choice for those who want to use the skills learned in culinary school to design meal plans for health-conscious or allergy-plagued customers who eat gluten-free or vegan, or people who have special diets because of illnesses, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Missouri Culinary Employment Outlook

The employment outlook for culinary school graduates in Missouri is strong. The National Restaurant Association, forecasts a level of growth of seven percent in the restaurant sector in Missouri between 2010 and 2020, which will account for an additional 19,300 jobs (restaurant.org). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh) notes that while recent challenging economic times may mean that employers hire lower-paid workers to do food preparation, chefs who have a solid combination of skills, experience and creativity have the best chance of landing a job.

As Americans are becoming more health-conscious, in part because of recent obesity rates, restaurants and chefs who specialize in healthy and delicious meals may benefit. With many consumers overwhelmed by nutritional information and unable to plan and design their own menus, culinary entrepreneurs might want to become dietitians or nutritionists.

Missouri Culinary Wages

Just as not all law school graduates choose to become lawyers, not all culinary school graduates choose to become chefs. Many pursue jobs beyond the kitchen that are still related to all things food and beverage. Have a look at the earnings Missouri data for restaurant-related jobs as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/oes/):

Culinary Salary in Missouri
Mean Annual Wage (2012)
Food service managers
$45,090
Chefs and head cooks
$42,880
Bakers
$22,190
Waiters and waitresses
$19,220
Bartenders
$19,020

The competitive, yet potentially rewarding restaurant industry is ideal for those who are not afraid to work long hours in the kitchen and who pursue their passions, whether it be building the next barbecue institution in Kansas City or creating an organic produce delivery business in St. Louis.

Sources:

"36 hours in Kansas City, Mo." New York Times, Charly Wilder, May 12, 2010,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, Missouri, March 29, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mo.htm#35-0000
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, " Missouri Restaurant Industry at a Glance," 2013, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/missouri

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