finding work as a cook/chef in a new city

Joined May 17, 2010
i'm not looking for work. i guess that needs to be said...

i'm rather asking how other's have faired finding work after a move to another city/state without having something lined up.

i moved to north carolina from minnesota 2 years ago. i worked at 5 different places over the course of 10 years in minnie. with that i also worked at part time jobs numbering close to 20. my shortest stint was 2 years exactly and longest almost 4 years.

since i have lived in charlotte, i have worked at 6 different places. i left the last place i worked at to get a job cooking for corporate execs and hated it. luckily i didn't burn any bridges and was welcomed back at the previous employer with open arms.

just wondering if anyone else has had this same experience. after doing some research, i have found that north carolina is the lowest paying state for for kitchen staff. very depressing.

i feel like i'm starting back at square one here.

anyone else have a similar experience?  maybe i'm just venting because i feel like the culinary seen here is about 10 years behind everyone else. way behind everyone else.
Joined Dec 8, 2009
believe it or not, I just moved to asheville, NC about two weeks ago with no prospects, and I started work just this week at a hotel that is paying me nearly as much as I was making working in NYC.  now I don't know about charlotte, but Asheville has a pretty happening food scene, as well as a real strong community support of local agriculture.  from what I've heard cooks get paid reasonably well in this area
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