Sarasota and its 55,000 inhabitants is best defined by its culture, ocean front climate and is increasingly being hailed as a center of culinary creativity and excellence. Locals and tourists enjoy fresh produce and plentiful seafood, and perhaps interestingly, within a 20-mile radius of downtown Sarasota, there are more Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other place in the state. But this is still a small community and competition is tight. The median annual executive chef salary in Sarasota is a surprising $56,000, however line cooks can expect a much lower $21,000 annual salary. Sous chefs land in the middle with an approximate $39,000 average salary. Yet given Sarasota’s proximity to Tampa, there is a good chance of upward mobility once you’re proven yourself here.

Culinary Schools in Sarasota Florida

Fort Myers Institute of Technology

Fort Myers FL

Cape Coral Institute of Technology

Cape Coral, FL