I recently had the opportunity to host a fun, interactive workshop with culinary students in Orange County Public School. I couldn’t help but feel excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them. Huge shout out to Hector Torres at Exploria Stadium, Chef Felix Perez, and Chef Kendall Gallon at Orange County Public Schools, and OCPS for making this possible! The hospitality industry is rapidly expanding, and it’s an excellent time for those interested in this field to explore their potential.
Chef Felix Perez shared that their culinary classes are always full due to the popularity of the program. He also mentioned that there’s a growing recognition of the value of practical, hands-on training in a rapidly growing industry. It reminded me of the ongoing debate about the worth of a four-year university degree versus practical training in a specific field. It’s interesting to see how the hospitality industry is leading the way in showing the value of hands-on training and how it can lead to success in a rapidly growing industry.
There’s no denying that now is the best time to be in the culinary arts field, particularly in central Florida where the hospitality industry is one of the hottest right now. What’s more, social media has given rise to a new generation of chefs who are becoming huge stars and influencers. It’s not uncommon to see world-renowned chefs with millions of followers on social media platforms. This has brought a new level of excitement to the industry and has created a bright spot amidst the closures and struggles that the industry has faced in recent years.
While the hospitality industry has traditionally been associated with minimum wage jobs, business closure, and more – There are now more opportunities for career advancement and higher-paying positions as the industry continues to grow and change. Technical college programs are playing an important role in bridging this gap by providing students with practical training and skills that can lead to lucrative careers in the industry.
All in all, the culinary arts and hospitality industry are booming, and it’s an exciting time to be part of this dynamic field. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, there’s no limit to the possibilities and opportunities available in this growing industry.