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Old 10-16-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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I know culinary schools are a 9 month course. Is that really all you do or are there other learning options? What are some good schools for this?
Any cooks out there with an opinion on this for a career?
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Hollywood/Brookfield, IL
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Kendall College in Chicago has an excellent culinary arts program. You can read about it on their website: Culinary Arts School Chicago, Kendall College (http://www.kendall.edu/Academics/CulinaryArts/tabid/70/Default.aspx - broken link). A B.A. in Culinary Arts is a four-year program just like any other degree.
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:49 AM
 
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If you live near Glen Ellyn, Illinois, College of DuPage has an associate degree program in culinary arts. My oldest daughter took that course and graduated after two years (the normal time span of the course). She then was able to obtain employment easy enough but soon determined that it is very physically exhausting on a person. It is a high speed vocation in a typical restaurant.
My YOUNGEST daughter did not take the culinary arts program but was hired anyway by Jewel Food Stores (Albertsons?) in one of the Chicago suburbs. There, she became a cake decorator. Although she enjoyed her work with less stress than a restaurant chef - - she got married, became pregnant and then had to quit her employment. Hope this helps with your decisions.

Carter Glass
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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A great school for that would be Johnson & Wales in Providence Rhode Island. I've heard good stories about their program for culinary arts.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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That would be an interesting profession. I hope she like getting up really early! After she finishes her culinary school, and apprenticeship or further training in Europe would be a good investment. Those Europeans know their pastries!
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Sunny Naples Florida :)
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I also wanted to be a pastries chef.. Due to health issues I have had to put that on hold but one of the best schools she can go to for that would be New England Culinary Institute.. They have a specific pastries courses where you study the specific field you want to go into. And famous people have gradutated from there like Alton Brown who now has a show on the Food Network

New England Culinary Institute Link
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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My nephews went this route. Two yrs at Johnson & Wales for the full charge culinary chef, and only a one year program at Paul Smith's for the other one who took the pastry specialty.

He has to get up at 3am every day to start baking. They both got good jobs at high end resorts afterwards.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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I know culinary schools are a 9 month course. Is that really all you do or are there other learning options? What are some good schools for this?
Any cooks out there with an opinion on this for a career?
I second johnson and wales. it's an excellent culinary school with a great reputation. My dad is a pastry chef (an EXCELLENT pastry chef) and used to work there as a teacher. He doesn't have ANY patience whatsoever so he left teaching. He used to own his own pastry shop and did very well in summer months (it was located in a very popular summer destination town but sadly in the winter it was a ghost town which hurt him. In the summer though, his place was PACKED! He even sold to all the local restaurants.

If your daughter is driven and has talent then she'll go very far but she'll need to work, work, work to further her career.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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A friend of mine went to johnson and sales....and she loved it. Also the CIA...is in hyde park, an hour and a half north of nyc.

Alot of famous chefs went there..and the food networks "Iron chef" is currently being filmed there.

Welcome to the world's premier culinary college in New York-The Culinary Institute of America

Its also a 38 month program and you get a "real" degree plus a culinary one. We have friend that went there and opened up a restaurant..and boy is it flourishing..because he learned accounting, budgeting and marketing...plus all the culinary stuff.

I think bobby flay went there too.
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