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By Dishes (Dishes) on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 04:10 am: Edit

So my situation is, I've worked as a dishwasher and prep cook and such, and now am thinking about going to a culinary school to learn basic knowledge and techniques. I'm looking into a program (San Diego Culinary Institute) which is less expensive than some, but it's only 350 hours total. Not sure what the breakdown is of lecture hours vs. hands-on. This seems a lot shorter than other programs I've looked at. Any thoughts? No way am I going to a $35,000 school, so it's this or city college, which has its own issues.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:29 pm: Edit

Get a job at "good, quality" restaurants, learn the basics there.
350 is nothing, try a Vocational school, they have to have one around, they are inexpensive and usually much more hands on then any other big name school. Vocational schools are not what they used to be even 10 years ago, there are good programs with great people. Our vocational program is 1500 hours, 750 cooking 750 baking, $600 every three months, lasts like 15 months. The cost has gone up from $285 every three months since 2 years ago!!!!...so tuition is "NOT" going down anytime soon!
Good Luck

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