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When I began culinary school earlier this year, I took to it much the way I took to college: a self-induced coma of reading books, studying notes, and learning techniques all while sitting at my desk listening to the Fray.I know I know, the Fray you ask?But why?Because they are great to study to.Hardly the point.The Fray have nothing to do with this.What I am trying to say is that nothing is better for your culinary training than to work while going to school.

Guess what?Culinary school.Not that hard.Really.Yes you will be doing some basic algebra for your costing classes.You will be doing some memorization for your food safety classes.Eventually you will be forced to recall every minute relationshiop between flour and eggs or bones to mirepoix to water.But guess what?That stuff becomes second nature when you do it every morning.You are given a menu of what to prepare, which tells you the type of concepts you will need to be familiar on, which tells you which ratios to look over the night before.

Culinary school will give you that jump start to assist in your training as a cook.By making this knowledge of pasta dough proportions and brown sauce recipes second nature, you will be able to do your job as a professional cook so much more thoroughly.You will walk in and know how to make a bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley) or the proper proportions for brown veal stock (8# bones:1# mirepoix: 1 sachet: 1 gallon water).You will have more culinary knowledge than most sous chef's I have worked with.You will be able to tell you fellow line cook three more names for a monkfish than just Monkfish.You will have the knowledge.

What you will not have is the experience, and unfortunately, the experience is what you need.Knowedge is great, don't get me wrong.I definitely would not change the fact that I went to culinary school.It got my foot in the door, gave me a lot of exposure to everything in a short amount of time, and taught me how to be clean.But what really makes great cooks, what really transforms you into a great chef is working.Coming in everyday and getting the point where you just kill it.Where you could stand around for the last hour of prep and shoot the shit (not that you would) because you are so far ahead of the game.Where you are watching everyone around you all the time and picking up on everything you can.Where eventually the chef is asking you to work more and more and giving you bigger and more important tasks.What you really need to do is work, because school is cooking with floaties on, right before you get tossed into the deep end of the pool.

Culinary is the fastest way to build a foundation and understanding of culinary techniques that will allow you to map your work experiences on to.If you are in culinary school, I ask that you continue to work while in school.Nothing will make you better, faster, or cleaner, than applying the knowledge you get everyday while making food for customers and working for a boss.

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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).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
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            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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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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            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.

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            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
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            • Recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year from 2010-2014
            • Day and evening classes are available for flexible scheduling.
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            L'Ecole Culinaire , Kansas City
            • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
            • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
            • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
            • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
            • All campuses have a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
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