Sebastian Ranked #1 for ‘Midsize’ Best City for Chefs

Sebastian ranked best midsize city for chefs.
Sebastian ranked best midsize city for chefs.

Who would’ve thought that Sebastian would be ranked #1 for midsize best city for chefs? Our little slice of paradise was part of a new study conducted by AdvisorSmith.

“We analyzed 227 cities based upon chefs salaries, the cost of living, and the availability of jobs for chefs,” AdvisorSmith spokesperson Patrick Chen told Sebastian Daily.

According to the report, Sebastian was ranked #1 overall in their study of 227 cities, beating out Cape Coral, The Villages, and Naples.

In addition, Sebastian hosts 119% more jobs for chefs on a per-capita basis compared to the U.S. average. The report also shows that the average annual salary for chefs in Sebastian is $75,450, 45% higher than the national average.

However, we think they may have lumped Vero Beach in the report, which may be misleading for Sebastian. Most of these studies are done by merging data from the Sebastian-Vero Beach metropolitan statistical area.

Here is a breakdown of the best midsize cities for chefs:

  1. Sebastian, FL
  2. Springfield, MO
  3. Florence, SC
  4. Naples, FL
  5. Port St. Lucie, FL
  6. Punta Gorda, FL
  7. Kahului, HI
  8. Charlottesville, VA
  9. Gulfport, MS
  10. Atlantic City, NJ
Best cities for chefs.
Best cities for chefs.

The data doesn’t mean that every kitchen cook in Sebastian is earning $75,000 per year, although we wish they did. But, it does say “Chef,” and that is a big difference.

A real chef is a professional cook, typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel. A chef is responsible for creativity and food. A chef should know how to prepare food and what flavors to add without the need for a recipe.

A good example of a chef is Wesley Campbell at Mo-Bay Grill in Sebastian.

“Sebastian has experienced substantial growth over the last decade, with the population increasing 9.3% between the years 2012-2017, and personal income increasing 20.9% in the same period. These two rates are important factors driving both job growth and job demand for chefs and head cooks,” the study said.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.