Thursday, March 19, 2009

Job Market Strong at The FCI’s Spring Career Fair

Between our culinary and pastry classes, chef demos, and special events, the halls of The French Culinary Institute are always packed with activity. Yesterday, the place was really buzzing when some of the city’s top employers and around 300 students and alumni came together for The FCI’s Spring 2009 Career Fair.

Our career fairs are biannual events, designed to connect employers with job hunting students and alumni. Despite reports of a hiring slowdown in the culinary industry, employer participation was as strong as ever. In all, a total of 44 restaurants, restaurant groups, and food-related businesses signed up to interview FCI students and alumni for internships and positions in New York City and beyond, including a few choice international assignments.

For our staff in the Career Services Department, who have been keeping a watchful eye on the job market, this was a very positive sign. Though there may be fewer jobs out there, demand remains high for the highly skilled, passionate, and motivated graduates The FCI’s known for training.

Here are just a few of the employers that joined us yesterday:
Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group
Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges
Abigail Kirsch
Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Saveur magazine
Gordon Ramsay at the London
The Standard Hotel
Momofuku Restaurants
Eleni’s Cookies
Sullivan St Bakery & Company
Quality Meats
Bouley Bakery
Nobu 57
Park Avenue Spring
Breslin at the Ace Hotel

View more photos from The FCI’s Spring Career Fair.

The Fall 2009 Career Fair will take place in September.

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