Is There Art in a Culinary Art Career?

Very few people talk about cooking as a career. Today you're more likely to hear someone proclaim that they are in the culinary arts when they give their job description. What has caused the difference? Is it only the name that has changed? The short answer is "no."

Times change and people change

Fine dining and interesting, exciting food experiences are no longer the exclusive realm of the very wealthy. It's true that fast food pits are still dominant in most places, but there are more and more good restaurants available at affordable prices. As an increasing number of people experience these restaurants, the demand for good food and well-prepared meals increases as well.

In addition to the rise in the number of good restaurants, there is also increased interest in food preparation throughout the country. There are now dozens of television programs in which food and its preparation are featured. Home cooks are being taught by some of the most famous chefs in the country. The magazines, and the television chefs have definitely put the emphasis on the art that goes into a culinary job. Television viewers see food competitions that are often as exciting as sports matches.

Demand creates competition

With a greater segment of the population knowing and understanding good cooking, restaurants have to keep up with the demand. Restaurants struggle to outdo each other in order to attract customers. Chefs gather followings and restaurants know that hiring a popular chef will lead to increased patronage as the chef's following comes to sample her or his work in the new location. In order to keep the people coming, there is definitely a need for culinary arts and not just plain old cooking.