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|By Brandon (Brandon) on Sunday, December 12, 1999 - 02:48 pm: Edit|
I am an 18-year high school senior.
I love to cook and have a talent for it. I think I would
enjoy a career in a culinary field. I have a talent for
cooking but I have a hard time with academics. I do my best
but it's a struggle and I don't do very well on standardized
I would appreciate advice on the best schools, training
and job paths from those with experience.
There is a well respected community college near me with
a culinary arts curriculum that is designed for earning
a 2-year Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. It would be
the least expensive way to get some training at a school with
a good program. But there are other options too.
I have lots of qustions. Any input would be welcome.
- Should I go to school directly after high school or
work in the field for a year or two to get some experience?
(I have already worked at two restaurants but only part-time)
- Why did you want to want to become a chef ?
- Did you go to a community college or culinary school?
- How did you choose ?
- What were the costs ?
- What percentage of your class time was spent in actual
cooking or food preperation as oposed to academic classwork?
- How many hours a week did you spend in class and studying ?
- Did you hold a job while you were going to school?
- Do you know of any good resources to find information about
grants and scholarships ?
Also, if you know of any newsgroups or web sites that would be
helpful, please let me know.
Thank you very much in advance.
|By Panini (Panini) on Sunday, December 12, 1999 - 11:07 pm: Edit|
Does your local Community College have an acredited intern program with local certified chefs? This helps a great deal. Get paid a little to learn.
|By Joey181 (Joey181) on Saturday, January 01, 2000 - 09:13 pm: Edit|
Well, thats quite a list of question! I'm a graduate of the pastry arts program at the culinary institute of canada and although i'm not a chef...yet...i am returning to school to take the culinary program to reach my goal. I've had a first hand experience working with the chefs at the school and also with the culinary students so i think i can help you out. or at least i'll try :o)
~as to if you should go directly after high school thats really your choice i mean in my class there were people who had been in the food industry all thier lives and there were some who had never even baked a cake.
~ why did i want to become a chef? well from as far back as i can remember i've loved to cook and working in restuarants all my life i've grown a craving for it. mabey its the rush i don't know.
~ how did i choose my school? well as i said it's one of the best the chefs are from all over the world and in my opinion they are the best there is
~ the costs? well the culinary program works out to be roughly $16,000 for the two year program and the pastry program is about $9,000 for the one year. I thought they seemed high but for the expierence and the recognition of the school it's well worth it.
~ as for class time, the culinary program spends about 4 hours a day in the kitchen and about 1 hour or more for theory. There are also core courses you have to take (computers,accounting, business, santitation, math) they take up about an hour each but you usually only take 1 mabey 2 durring one term.
~ how many hours a week? well it does vary with your rotation. but say on average it would be 30 or so.
~ did i hold a job? i tried but to be honest it didn't work. There is a lot of work in the culinary and a lot of assigments.
~ as for grants or scholorships i'm afraid i wouldn't be any use to you.
I hope this information helps you and feel free to email me if you have any questions :o)
|By Daddyofcook (Daddyofcook) on Monday, June 26, 2000 - 09:17 pm: Edit|
i have a similiar problem my daughter is choosing from paul smith, cia,jw,and indiana at pux.if any one has any input it would be greatly appreciated.if i was choosing i pick indiana,she is leaning towards paul smith
|By Debord (Debord) on Tuesday, June 27, 2000 - 09:33 am: Edit|
Daddyofcook the most important thing you can and must do for your daughter is get her the best education possible. A good sucessful chef is first a smart person, with knowledge in more areas than food alone!
If one day for what ever reasons life takes her away from cooking will she have the skills to obtain a job in an above min. wage job?