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The Los Angeles Hospitality Industry Has It All

The Los Angeles hospitality industry contributes to making LA the second largest city in the United States, and is undoubtedly one of the world’s centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology and education. It is a city with a metropolitan population of nearly 13 million, and covering nearly 500 square miles.
Among the numerous distinct ethnic regions of the city are enclaves such as Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, Tehrangeles, Little India, Little Tokyo, and Thai Town. Individually, these districts offer authentic and blended variations of their native cuisines, perhaps expressing the very best of their respective homelands’ culinary personalities; together they represent a panorama of culinary flavors and service styles sufficient to beguile even the most experienced of restaurateurs.

Los Angeles Hospitality Industry

The vibrant diversity of population within the Los Angeles area is indeed the genesis of a remarkable variety cuisines available to the amateur or professional gourmand. Street and café dining of an unlimited array and excellent quality are available throughout the city, and progressive restaurant concepts continue to open as the city grows. Indeed, just trying to keep abreast of the latest in culinary developments around the city can require a significant commitment!

In addition to the plethora of traditional sit-down restaurant locations, as one of the world’s premier vacation destinations Los Angeles is also the home of a broad range of lodging and hotels, some of which are among the finest examples of the species in the world. Indeed, virtually all of the world’s major hotel chains can be found in and around the city, and usually in their finer iterations. The association of some of the finest restaurants in the city with some of the better hotels in the world is not a novel concept; but in Los Angeles, as in Las Vegas, the association is one of symbiosis.

Los Angeles Hospitality Industry All Stars

As regards the hourly and waged employees “in the trenches,” the hospitality industry in Los Angeles, as a general proposition, is a primary employment haven for the many aspiring actors and artists of the city. The hospitality industry in L.A. provides its practicers with the opportunity to pursue their art and their dreams during the day, while financing their efforts at night. The result is a deep and wide pool of talented, gregarious, and physically attractive young front-of-house employees and managers. In Los Angeles, it is unusual for hospitality industry resumes to not feature a professional headshot.

And the pool of talent is no shallower in the back of house. In addition to a multitude of grey-market employees wishing to fill the “dirty hands” positions amid the stainless steel, the city is also host to any number of aspiring epicures, as evidenced by the large number of culinary art and education institutions. Add to this the presence of numerous celebrity chefs, and the high profile of the industry generally as the glitterati strut their late-night stuff (pursued hotly by the paparazzi), and the result is a highly motivated pool of potential BOH rock stars, merely awaiting your selection.

Overall, the Los Angeles hospitality industry is among the healthiest, most diverse, and most exciting of any city in the world. And in a city renowned for its beach culture and laid-back attitude, it is not hard to see why true enthusiasts of the industry are anything but laid-back about the emergence of Los Angeles as one of the world’s premier dining and hospitality destinations.

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