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Fast Facts for Chefs in Florida

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Naples, West Palm Beach and Cape Coral
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Miami, West Palm Beach and Tampa

Salaries for Chefs in Florida

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Sebastian, Naples and Miami

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  • Culinary Arts (D)
  • Culinary Arts (AS)
  • Baking & Pastry (AS)
  • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
  • Students are taught cooking styles from around the globe, including Classical European, Asian, and Latin cuisine
  • Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a chef, with course topics that include Culinary Techniques, Management by Menu, and Nutrition
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef
  • DIP - Culinary Arts
  • DIP - Pastry Arts

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  • Culinary Arts
Get the experience you need to succeed in the exciting and fast growing culinary field at Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts. We offer the flexibility of day or evening classes, experienced faculty, and small class sizes for plenty of personalized attention. Internship opportunities and financial aid are available for students who qualify.
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  • Culinary Arts - Diploma
  • Baking and Pasterleria - Diploma
  • Recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year from 2010-2014
  • Day and evening classes are available for flexible scheduling.
  • Offers bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs in business, culinary arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, and more.
  • Takes a unique “Focused Learning” approach, where students typically take only one class per month to concentrate on one subject with one faculty member at a time.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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  • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
  • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
  • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
  • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
  • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
  • Cooking & Catering
  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.

More Florida Culinary Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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Daytona Beach
Panama City
North Miami

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Chefs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Chefs relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 490 $47,390
Cape Coral 370 $52,680
Fort Myers 370 $52,680
Crestview 150 $52,110
Fort Walton Beach 150 $52,110
Destin 150 $52,110
Deltona 100 $54,040
Daytona Beach 100 $54,040
Ormond Beach 100 $54,040
Gainesville 40 $41,410
Lakeland 140 $48,180
Winter Haven 140 $48,180
Miami 2630 $53,000
Fort Lauderdale 2630 $53,000
West Palm Beach 2630 $53,000
Naples 380 $57,550
Immokalee 380 $57,550
Marco Island 380 $57,550
North Port 530 $
Sarasota 530 $
Bradenton 530 $
Ocala 30 $49,130
Orlando 1450 $56,070
Kissimmee 1450 $56,070
Sanford 1450 $56,070
Palm Bay 140 $47,710
Melbourne 140 $47,710
Titusville 140 $47,710
Panama City N/A $56,570
Pensacola 60 $37,370
Ferry Pass 60 $37,370
Brent 60 $37,370
Port St. Lucie 100 $54,830
Punta Gorda 30 $53,530
Sebastian 70 $53,810
Vero Beach 70 $53,810
Tallahassee 50 $42,600
Tampa 990 $41,420
St. Petersburg 990 $41,420
Clearwater 990 $41,420
The Villages 90 $60,010

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