A career in the culinary arts can be exciting and rewarding, but now 4 restaurants and a well-known culinary school are being honored for their commitment to advance cultural diversity in the industry.
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was recently honored for it efforts to increase the number of Hispanic managers and restaurant owners in the business. The school was given the Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award by the National Restaurant Association during its 2011 national conference in Washington D.C.
Association president Dawn Sweeney said the awards highlight achievement through inclusion.
"The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries in the United States, and we are celebrating that by honoring these individuals and companies with our 2011 Faces of Diversity awards," Sweeney added. "It is a true pleasure to recognize their personal and professional achievements, which underscore how hard work and determination lead to success in our industry."
The CIA San Antonio offers scholarships to students looking to add a postsecondary degree to their resume, as well as provide classes and research of Mexican and Latin American cooking.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for head chefs and cooks are expected to be good through the end of the decade, especially for those with formal training.