Tweet and Eat

Chef2Chef hosted a chat on twitter this week on attending culinary school.This chat gave prospective students the chance to ask questions to current students like Live2Eat and myself about different culinary schools.

Twitter is the latest website that gives people, from all over the globe, a chance to connect and talk about whatever they please.Personally, I have never heard about twitter and am new to trying to use the site.After signing up for an account, it was quite easy to set up a profile and start tweeting!

The hour-long chat included everything from the cost of school, how long the programs are, and even what your death row meal would be!The main focus of the chat seemed to be about the benefits of gaining experience in the food industry before attending college.I think this is a vital part of deciding if a career in food service is right for you.

Another question that was asked of me that I thought was a great one to answer was: “How do you know if a certain school has a good culinary program or not?”.To answer that question there is first one big category to discover; is the college accredited.Check here at the ACF to see a list of accredited schools.The ACF bases their accreditation on a wide array of classifications like classes, faculty, facilities, and more.

Next, request a detailed class catalog including required classes and their descriptions.You should attend a school that has a wide range of classes that also includes a strong influence on technique.This will give an idea of an education that will be the most versatile when seeking a career.

You don’t necessarily have to attend a large college like Johnson and Wales or the CIA but make sure to do your research before deciding where to attend.There are many community colleges that have amazing culinary programs that can rival any large college.

If you think that going to a prestigious college would be too expensive for you, you might be wrong.I know from experience that Johnson and Wales works very hard to get their students the most amount of scholarships possible.It’s not uncommon to receive half of your tuition paid for by scholarships and grants.If you still need more financial help with school, the staff are more than happy to help you apply for outside scholarships and loans.

Going to Johnson and Wales University has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.I love the school and all that it offers.I hope that you can find a school that will make you as happy as I am.

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