Oh, The Possibilities

I have gotten a lot of questions about my feelings on what kind of work experience, if any, you need before attending culinary school.The fact is that all schools will look at your applications differently and some may prefer or require you to work in a kitchen before attending and some may not.I took a year off after graduating High School to work at bakery, even though I felt so passionately about being a pastry chef I wanted to make sure that working in a commercial kitchen was still something I desired.

Something that I suggest to anyone considering going to culinary school, or any college for that matter, is taking a year to really discover if said career is right for you.I have known countless students that have either dropped out of college or changed majors because they found that culinary or baking and pastry arts was not right for them.This not only wastes your time but also thousands of dollars, so why not get paid to discover if the career is right for you?

This also gives you the opportunity to discover what you would like to do with a culinary or baking and pastry arts degree.You may be someone who loves food and wants to make their career working with food, but working in a kitchen may not be the best fit.Something that a lot of people don't realize is that there are countless jobs you can get with a culinary degree other than a chef.Food stylist, restaurant critic, and private chef to the stars are just a few jobs that might be the best fit for you.

Working in a kitchen will not only help you to determine if this field is right for you but also gives you valuable networking opportunities.In the food service industry it is almost impossible to get a executive or management level position without networking.Not only can these connections help you when getting a job, these people can give you valuable information about other types of careers too.Maybe just being a professional taste-tester at a chocolate factory is right for you!

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            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
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            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
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            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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            The Chef's Academy , Morrisville
            • Listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
            • Offers intern and externship placement assistance for real-world experience.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality & restaurant management.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
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            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
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            • Students get real-world experience through the required externship at the end of the program.
            • Curriculum includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation and hands-on experience.
            • Program objectives are to provide students with skills needed for cooking wholesome, attractive, food preparations and to assist graduates in obtaining positions in the food service industry.
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