Is Cincinnati a Good City for Aspiring Chefs? Kind Of, New Study Says

Cincinnati ranks in the middle of the top 120 U.S. cities where aspiring chefs can thrive.

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New chefs have a moderate chance of succeeding in Cincinnati, a study says.

Launching a career in hospitality isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially during a global pandemic. But everyone's gotta eat, so chefs may stand a better chance than those in other industry careers.

But can a chef just starting out survive in Cincinnati? A new study says possibly!

A new study from yard resource LawnStarter ranks Cincinnati in the middle of the top U.S. cities where aspiring chefs can thrive. At No. 88 out of the 120 highest-ranking metros, Cincinnati scores highly in job growth, the number of schools with culinary arts programs and the costs associated with those schools. The Queen City fares worse when it comes to culinary school quality and career potential.

Cincinnati is the highest-ranking Ohio city on LawnStarter's list. Cleveland is No. 97, Dayton is No. 100, Columbus is No. 107 and Akron is No. 118. Kentucky has just one city on the list — Louisville, at No. 81.

LawnStarter says that most opportunities for aspiring chefs are primarily on the West Coast and in Florida. Miami tops the list.

For its rankings, LawnStarter reviewed federal and regional databases for statistics on culinary schools, school quality and costs, job growth and potential and earning potential.

See LawnStarter's full list of the top cities for aspiring chefs.


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