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****Mollusks****

First, I really appreciate the information you have provided on culinary training.

DD will be graduating high school with her associates degree. She thinks she has a tentative plan for her education. She'd like to go to college and get a bachelor's degree in business or finance. Then she wants to get an associate's degree in culinary arts afterwards. Essentially, she will attend college for 4 years.

She really has her heart set on being a chef, but she'd like to keep her options open also. Is she hurting herself by not going with a longer culinary program? Does this seem like a smart route to take? 

I'd appreciate any input and thoughts.

 

 

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Re: ****Mollusks****

  • :please excuse the lurker:

    I work as a sous chef and have an AAS in culinary arts. I guess I would ask her what her long-term career goals are. Does she hope to own her own business or get into management? 

    Also, has she looked in 4-yr culinary programs such as Johnson and Wales? My current intern is a student there and it seems like a decent program. The only drawback I have seen so far with J&W is that each "unit" (i.e baking and pastry) is a few days in length versus a few months with a tech school (I had 4 months of baking and pastry training. My intern studied for 6 days).

    Also, I second what Mollusk said about on-the-job training. One of my best cooks is self-taught.

    Hope this helped.

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  • I think you answered everything. I saw some programs that were 36 or 39 months. It seems like the 2 year would be adequate then.

    I'm beginning to feel more confident in her path now. I think she is afraid of not loving it once she delves into it more. She is going to be helping out at a local bakery in my town just to test the waters. We will definitely encourage her to work in the field as much as she can while she is in college.

    Thank you so much for your input!

     

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    :please excuse the lurker:

    I work as a sous chef and have an AAS in culinary arts. I guess I would ask her what her long-term career goals are. Does she hope to own her own business or get into management? 

    Also, has she looked in 4-yr culinary programs such as Johnson and Wales? My current intern is a student there and it seems like a decent program. The only drawback I have seen so far with J&W is that each "unit" (i.e baking and pastry) is a few days in length versus a few months with a tech school (I had 4 months of baking and pastry training. My intern studied for 6 days).

    Also, I second what Mollusk said about on-the-job training. One of my best cooks is self-taught.

    Hope this helped.

    She does hope to own her own business one day. We come from a long line of business owners and it is in her blood;)

    We're only beginning to look into programs. The whole field is new to me and we are just trying to get our bearings.

     

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  • Thank you both again!

     

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