While Jacksonville still has much to prove in the food world, it has a few key elements on its side: in addition to a passionate community and increasingly widespread attention, the city also boasts great local produce for ten months out of the year, as well as fresh oysters, shrimp and snapper and has the population density, about 900,000 people, to help support it. The very thing that makes Jacksonville an up and coming food region also make it particularly hospitable to newer chefs – namely that there is more opportunity, less competition and a desire to set the city apart form Miami and Orlando. What's more, the average salary for many culinary careers in Jacksonville exceeds the national average. Students who attend Jacksonville cooking schools can set themselves apart from the masses by honing their craft, acquiring hands-on experience and networking with successful chefs. According to BLS restaurant cooks can earn $23,000 but with a 10% projected growth through 2022, while Chefs and head cooks can pocket $53,000 and be somewhat comfortable with a 5% growth rate. Though interested in baking and pasty arts will see a smaller 6% growth rate, yet can earn about $25,000, more than the national average.
Culinary Schools in Jacksonville Florida
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Flagler Technical Institute
Palm Coast FL
First Coast Technical College
Saint Augustine FL