So You Want to Go to Culinary School...Twitter Chat Recap

We were very lucky to have @FCIstudent and @SweetKell two culinary student chefs from our student chef blog, “The Dish” join the chat to answer the many questions Chef2Chef Twitter chat participants had about going to culinary school.Below is a recap of the best questions and answers. However, please keep in mind that a Twitter chat cannot provide accurate answers to all of your questions. You should visit our Culinary Student Hub and forums for more answers from chefs and students chefs.

    1. How do you pick the right culinary school?

@FCIstudent’s advice was to visit a school before you decide, talk to current students, and know what you want out of culinary school before going.Make sure the culinary school is accredited as well.

    1. How long does it take to get through culinary school?

FCIstudent mentioned that The French Culinary Institute’s program is 6 to 9 months while many programs are longer including Bachelor degree programs.

    1. How much does culinary school costs?

Well it depends on what school you attend and the program you follow.@SweetKell told us that Johnson and Wales is more expensive than the Culinary Institute. Here is a list of culinary schools to choose from.

    1. How much money can you earn as a chef?

The best answer for this question came from many participants who are chefs or caterers. Their advice was to work in a restaurant or catering company for at least six months to make sure cooking is really where your heart lies.No one should go into culinary school thinking they can become rich as a chef.You should go to culinary school because you have a passion for cooking.The work is hard, the hours are often long, and the pay can be low compared to other professions.

  • Do culinary schools have career centers that help graduates find jobs?

Yes, most culinary schools can assist graduates with finding internships and jobs.

  • Is a culinary degree necessary?

The consensus to this question was yes although you can get by with a certificate.It is harder to get a good-paying job without a degree or certification now.

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