New York City is the place to be if you want to showcase your culinary talent. Like Frankie said, “If I can make it there I can make it anywhere.”

High rent, low wages, and fierce competition are making New York City a great place to leave if you’re a restaurant talent.

This article from Mashable’s Sarah Spigelman Richter goes into depth on many reasons for the flight of New York’s culinary talent: Why cooks are leaving New York City in droves

An interesting tidbit from the article states “…full service restaurants are at an all time high as of 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections program projects the number of Americans needed to fill those kitchens to grow by 15% through 2025. That means that nearly 200,000 more line cooks and chefs will be needed.”

The overall staffing problem is real and it’s only going to get more real, apparently, for all of us not just New York City.

In the words of the great poet Shawn Carter,

 8 million stories, out there in the naked

city it’s a pity, half y’all won’t make it

                    – Empire State of Mind Jay-Z & Alicia Keyes