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By george E.O. on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:16 pm: Edit

I have been cheffing for 10 years. I have no formal culinary training. I have trained under some very accomplished chefs. My company which operate twenty restaurants, ranging from fast food to fine dining, (I am a fine dining executive chef) has brought in an influx of culinary school educated chefs,cooks, and sous, and placed them strategically around the company. I have been with the company for several years and welcome fresh air, however, should I be concerned for my job.

By The Baker on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 05:06 am: Edit

I dont think so,
anyone that knows food knows that experince like yours is just as important or more important than school!!

By W.DeBord on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 08:10 am: Edit

What I see in my area (Chicago) is parents that are insisting their children go to college. I think this trend has something to do with the numbers of kids entering culinary schools around the country. I also think, that they think(the young student and their parents) that this is the way to enter this profession (knowledge of apprentising is NOT well known in the U.S.).

So we have more people who are school trained entering our profession. If your working for a large culinary company it seems natural that there will be more and more young people from schools being hired.

I wouldn't fear or feel nervous because you have have more knowledge, skill and hopefully talent at this stage of your career. Your abilities and value to your company can't be replaced by class room knowledge alone.

By chris on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 03:16 pm: Edit

I am dealing with the same thing and do not feel threatened only more cofortable. My boss explained to me that these people are here to support me. Don't feel threatened relax and relish the fact that when you say something like: "I need a creme anglaise" you won't have to explain how it is done.

By Peachcreek (Peachcreek) on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 04:22 pm: Edit

A man, late for a concert, stopped a passerby to ask directions. "Pardon me, sir. How do I get to Carnagie Hall?" The old man answered. "Practice, practice, practice." Heres to you. And never be ashamed of how you got where you are.

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