Massachusetts has one of the oldest continuing culinary traditions in the United States. This is not surprising when we consider that it is one of the oldest parts of the country. Here was established the first American culinary school ever: the Boston Cooking School, founded in 1877 by the Women’s Education Association of Boston. The stated purpose of the institute was “to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihood as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families.”
Among the other famous cooking schools in the state are:
- Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Boston
- Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
- Salter College, West Boylston: one of the best career schools of any kind in the area
Being located as it is along the Atlantic coast, Massachusetts has always been a major center of the fishing industry, and seafood features prominently in the state’s cuisine. Cranberries are also widely grown here. Some famous Massachusetts recipes include:
- New England clam chowder: thicker than other kinds, often made with potatoes and onions and eaten with oyster crackers
- baked wild turkey with berry stuffing: Massachusetts is one of three states (the other two being South Carolina and Alabama) that have designated the wild turkey as their state birds.
- cranberry-filled cookies
- hot cross buns: a popular recipe for Easter
- corn muffin: This is the state muffin of Massachusetts, believe it or not.
- Boston cream pie: It even has a state dessert! This is it.
- five-minute cranberry sauce
The job outlook for chefs in Massachusetts
In general, the career of chef is only average throughout the country. This is because chefs are paid an hourly wage that is below average ($13.71 vs. $18.07) and also because employment has been growing at an above-average rate. In Massachusetts in particular, the job outlook for a chef is not considered to be very good. There are at present only about 4,490 pastry chefs in the state. On the more positive side, Massachusetts is one of the best paying states in which a chef can work.