Pros: World Class Chef Instructors, great course material, quality equipment, professional kitchens
Cons: Lazy, unprepared, unmotivated fellow students -- if this is you, think twice before enrolling in culinary school!
Nevertheless, I LOVED culinary school and I LOVED and would almost say revered my wonderful, wonderful chef instructors at CHIC. I was also extremely fortunate to be in a class of mostly older students like myself. Not only were my fellow students older, they were for the most part an extremely talented, hard-working and driven group, and I learned a lot from them.
From my observations and from the observations of people I've known who have also gone through culinary school--and even from my chef instructors--my class was extremely atypical. The dropout rate at the time I attended was about 50%...during the first three MONTHS! Those class groups that had dropouts were lucky-- they no longer had the deadwood that dragged down the pace of and continuously disrupted the entire class. This was not a problem for our class but it did become our problem when we had to share a kitchen with another class or clean up the mess left by a previous class. So I was extremely fortunate.
All I want to say is that if you're reading this because you're trying to decide if culinary school is right for you--it's not. Not if you aren't prepared to work hard and make the sacrifices needed to succeed. As I wrote above, it's the hardest job you'll ever love. And hard it was. But so worth it too!