Famous for its barbecue, Tex-Mex, and authentic Mexican cuisine, the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area features more restaurants per capita than New York City. Famous products of the Dallas culinary scene include the frozen margarita and the chain restaurants Chili's and Romano's Macaroni Grill. Fearing's restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas hotel in Uptown Dallas was named the best hotel restaurant in the US for 2009 by Zagat Survey. A career in culinary training can prepare a student for a variety of roles in the food service and hospitality industry. Culinary arts colleges and career schools in Dallas will immerse students in the culinary world -- working alongside professional instructors learning focused, and essential, technical skills that can be applied to the preparation of any cuisine served in restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and other food-serving establishments.
One of the most sought after careers in the culinary field is that of the Head Chef. Chefs are responsible for creating recipes and ensuring appealing presentation, while other cooks and food preparation workers prepare individual foods for meals, with duties such as peeling vegetables and monitoring temperatures. Chefs are also the most skilled cooks in the kitchen and use their creativity and knowledge of food to develop and prepare recipes.
Executive chefs, head cooks, and chefs de cuisine, are primarily responsible for coordinating the work of the cooks and directing the preparation of meals. Executive chefs are in charge of all food service operations and also may supervise several kitchens of a hotel, restaurant or corporate dining operation. A sous chef, or sub chef, is the second-in-command and runs the kitchen in the absence of the chef. Many chefs earn fame both for themselves and for their kitchens because of the quality and distinctive nature of the food they serve.
Most top chefs pursue formal training through culinary institutions or vocational programs in the culinary arts, culinary management, or pasty arts. Many programs include an externship or apprenticeship opportunity. Though many cooks and food preparation workers leave the industry, some may go on to cooking school to have more formal training and increased responsibility.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this growth will be spurred by high turnover. But increases in population, household income, and demand for convenience will also continue to play a role. Even as the economy falters, more and more people are seeking healthier, made-from scratch meals, and the need for prepared foods at specialty food stores is climbing as people crave restaurant-style food at home.
However, keen competition is expected for jobs at upscale restaurants that generally pay more.