The biggest recent news for San Antonio was that it was named a 2015 top foodie destination by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. So it’s no surprise that distinguished and celebrity chefs have set up shop in San Antonio. The city boasts 4,200 restaurants for its 1.5 million inhabitants. Tourism is a strong driver in the food scene here with the San Antonio River Walk and nearby Alamo. Signature foods include beef barbecue and Tex-Mex, plus, you'll find lots of seafood, and Italian and German influences.
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With nearly 8,000 restaurants in the Houston metro area serving nearly 2.2 million people, the region is on a culinary upward trajectory. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the leisure and hospitality industry in Houston employed 287,000 people in 2015, a 3.2% increase from the year before. Average salary for bakers is $23,000, chefs and head cooks at $34,000, but food service managers bring in a whopping $53,00 according to BLS.
More than 100 new restaurants opened in Austin in 2015, sending a strong signal that this city of 900,000 keeps banking on a bright culinary scene. Austin has long been considered Texas' coolest city and much of the driving increase in the culinary scene is due to tourism with high profile events like South by Southwest. Traditionally Texas barbecue is king around here however influences from Japanese farmhouses, fusion Thai and top-notch French bistros also vie for attention. If you’re thinking of attending culinary school, Austin is definitely a top contender.
The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is Texas's most populous region, with about 1.3 million inhabitants, which means there are a lot of workers to support a booming local food scene. The Texas Workforce Commission predicts that demand for Dallas-area chefs and head cooks will grow by about 16% between 2016 and 2022, slower than the statewide projections, but nonetheless demand for restaurant chefs in the state will grow by a robust 30% overall. In reality this equates to about 21,000 new culinary jobs in Dallas.
The current demand for culinary arts professionals is heating up in Texas where the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts credible growth for any number of food-related professionals through 2022 at a minimum. Though not always required, formal training in culinary schools in Texas can prepare graduates to succeed in an increasingly competitive field, especially in high-end restaurants, among others.