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Old 09-20-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Has anyone here been to Culinary School?
I think it could be fun
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Oh I was going to go for pastry arts, but decided not to. Its very expensive, but I hear it is fun. If you have the time and money go for it. Chefs work hard and they work a lot of hours. You have to TRULY and I mean TRULY have a passion for cooking.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:28 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I think it would be a lot of hard work to work in a restaurant. I love food and cooking but hope to never need to do that for a living.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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I recommand this selection of Cooking schools in France:

- "If you needed a good reason to want to go to Provence, then check out
Culinary and Art Adventure in Provence with Chef Philippe Gion."
(Selected first of the 10 great world dining destinations and cooking schools by the READER'S DIGEST , 2011)

- Art and Cooking Classes in France is one of the three best "Cooking School Vacations in France"
(Selected and recommended by USA TODAY , 2010)
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I'd love to go but it is really expensive. I also don't think I could ever be a chef in a restaurant. Although I do dream of owning my own catering business!

I've played with the idea of taking certain cooking classes however. Not sure where I'd do it though, but I'd love to take classes on certain dishes or cuisines.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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Only if I had the money and time. I really enjoyed cooking, grilling, smoke'n food until I did a banquet for 300 ppl. Didn't want to cook, or smell the smoker/grill/etc for 6 months. But I also did it on top of my regular job.

Just what happened to me, how I feel.

But if money or time was not an issue, I'd be all for it! But not as a profession.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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A friend's son went to Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island -- Cooking program that was 2 years. He had no trouble finding a good job. His first one was at a restaurant on Nantucket Island and the boss wanted him to stay on through the winter. He worked, I think through November of last year then headed back to NH where he is working now. I don't think this school is overly expensive.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Johnson and Wales tuition starts at $26,000 without housing. That's insanely expensive to me for a career where out of school you are qualified to be an entry level line cook with a starting pay of $10-$15 per hour depending on your location.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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Long ago I received an university degree in culinary arts and learned so much. Went to work as a chef. I found the work tremendously stressful and I was always lifting heavy items which severly hurt my back. I decided the culinary arts field and I were not compatible and so I quit being a chef for others and went into the business world and never looked back. Very glad I went to school, but unless you intend to work in the industry, I would wonder if the tuition and other related costs are worth it just to say you went to culinary school.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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There's a HUGE HUGE HUGE difference between liking to cook and wanting to be a chef. If you want to be a good chef, ask yourself if you could regularly work 14-18 hour days 7 days a week for weeks/months at a time?
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