Culinary Schools in Nevada
This vast western state is known for its great outdoors and for the world-class tourist destination of Las Vegas. As opposed to times past (think cheap buffets), tourists now also come for the food, which has been decorated with many Michelin stars. In other, more rural areas, home-cooking with Basque influence is the norm.
The Advantages of Culinary Arts Schools in Nevada
Attending a culinary arts school in Nevada might give students a unique food perspective, depending on the city they choose: in Las Vegas, it will be all about haute cuisine and highly demanding foodie diners. For instance, the so-called chef of the century, Frenchman Joël Robuchon, only has one restaurant in North America, and it's in Las Vegas. In Reno, Elko and beyond, it's more likely that students will learn in an environment that values free-range cattle and Basque delicacies such as hearty lamb dishes -- a nod to the Basques' sheep-herding roots.
While a degree from a culinary school can be a fantastic backbone for a career in an actual kitchen, it can serve as the basis for many other careers. Some culinary school graduates may use their degrees as a springboard to work in a variety of related positions, such as restaurant consultant, menu designer, bartender, restaurant manager, bar promotions, etc. Others may choose to get additional training and help tackle America's weight problem by becoming nutritionists or dietitians.
Nevada Culinary Employment Outlook
The National Restaurants Association (restaurant.org) forecasts a 14.8 percent job growth rate in the restaurant industry between 2013 and 2023, which would amount to an additional 28,500 jobs.
Las Vegas is a land of constant change, and it shares that characteristic with the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association recently identified the latest trends, which include hyper-local food sourcing, gluten-free cuisine, environmental sustainability and new cuts of meat. Nevada culinary graduates can be at the forefront of these new trends, as this desert foodie heaven is promoting local produce and is going back to its roots by putting greater emphasis on unusual cuts of meats hand-prepared by small butcher shops.
Nevada Culinary Wages
Not all culinary school graduates will stay in the kitchen. The beauty of a culinary degree is that it can open doors into many other related professions. Possible employment paths include food writer, restaurant reviewer, marketing manager for restaurants, and many others.
The table below includes the data for the annual average wages for food-related positions in Nevada, as reported by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, or DETR (nevadaworkforce.com):
Employment and earnings data for personal chefs is not readily available, but working for one or several high net worth individuals might also be a smart choice for some culinary school graduates. Aspiring entrepreneurs might also want to consider opening businesses that prepare daily meals for busy families to be picked up on the way home from work.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Cooks, March 29, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/cooks.htm
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Food and beverage serving and related workers, March 29, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/food-and-beverage-serving-and-related-workers.htm
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, "What's Hot in 2013," 2013, http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/What-s-Hot
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, "Nevada restaurant industry at a glance," 2013, http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/nevada
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Nevada Workforce Informer, 2012 Nevada Occupational Employment & Wages (OES), http://www.nevadaworkforce.com/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=117