For decades, New York City has been considered the de facto culinary capital of the country. And not without good reason; the Big Apple always had the stats to back up the reputation. Used as a standard by which all other cities are measured, aspiring chefs were compelled to head there for the chance to gain skills and experience seen as needed for their big break. The belief was that if you can make it there, well, you'd stay there.
Flickr/Charles16e Barbuto in New York City
Except this paradigm is showing serious cracks as of late. According to NPR, NYC is experiencing a major talent drain as more and more culinary professionals are leaving the city for greener pastures, making it difficult for chefs and restaurateurs to find qualified cooks.More »