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Hello Everyone. Just want to introduce myself. Hopefully I will be able to get some good tips from everyone. Since I am a new culinary student.:)
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Hello and welcome to Chef Talk. As a culinary student you'll find this community and site to be wonderful resources. You'll probably put the search tool here to good use!

What area of the culinary industry are you aiming for?

Please visit and participate often. Welcome!
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post #3 of 13

Hello

Welcome neighbor! Where in Texas are you? What school are you attending?

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post #4 of 13
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Hello CathyJ-
Thanks for the warm welcome!
I live on Fort Worth but I commute to Dallas for school. I am attending the recently opened Le Cordon Bleu.
post #5 of 13

hey!

I am just outside of Fort Worth ( between Azle and Weatherford) I am planning on attending the Fort Worth Culinary Arts on Camp Bowie.. but havent decided for sure yet..

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post #6 of 13
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Hi Mezzaluna-

Thanks for the welcome. I would like to work in a resort or a cruise ship. Ideally something that will allow me to travel. I would like to gain as much experience in the industry and learn how to cook different foods from other countries.
Eventually I would like to open my own restaurant.
post #7 of 13
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Wow CathyJ-

We are close neighbors. I live in between Stockyards and Meacham airport. I looked into the school in Camp Bowie it seems like a good school. What types of foods do you like to cook?
post #8 of 13

Hi

Yes you do live close! Wow.. As far as what I like to cook.. Hmm well, my favorite thing is to try new foods.. new tastes.. right now I am into Indian spices.. LOVE curry. I dont do much baking.. just not my thing.

Your honest opinion would be appreciated on your thoughts about the camp bowie school.. I dont want to waste my time at an insufficient school. How do you think it compares to yours?

BTW I recently took my husband to Byblos restaurant in the Stockyards.. Have you been there? We LOVED it! We ordered the sampler and were very surprised when the waiter brought out 14 plates of food! :crazy:

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post #9 of 13
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love trying new food as well. I recently tried Thai food. It is so good…well the few dishes I have tried. I would like to learn how to cook Asian food. I mostly cook Mexican food and a few other foods.

As far as you question about school. I can tell you a few differences. At Cordon Bleu the curriculum seems a bit more intense. For example the classes are 5 hours long 5 days a week for 15 months. The last 3 months we are required to do an externship at a restaurant. At the Campbowie school I think classes are held once a week for about 5 hours. I did not think it was a good fit for me because I want to make a career out of it and I need all the hands on training I can get. Also at Cordon Bleu they are going to have a restaraunt that is run by the students and I thought maybe that would help me in the long run. I do not know what your goals are and how much time you have to dedicate to school so although it was not a good fit for me. It might be the kind of school you are looking for. Another reason I chose Cordon Bleu is that they offered late evening classes that allowed me to keep my current job. All I can advise you on is to do your research and check into different schools. When I was doing research on my school some people did not think too highly of it others did. So it all depends on what is a good fit for you.

P.S. I have never been to Byblos. I pass by it often but have never stopped. I will certainly try to go sample their food.
post #10 of 13

thanks!

Thanks for you imput.. It is really difficult to make a decision on the school choices!

Let me know if you try Byblos.. ON Thursday night they have a buffet so you can try everything and they have bellydancing nightly ( and a hookah lounge if you like that sort of thing)

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post #11 of 13
i was going to attend LCB in January but I found out that they are not offering an associates program yet, does anyone in here know when they will be offering the associates. I spoke with someone a couple of months ago and they were not sure I was just wondering if anyone had heard anything regarding this issue.
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LCB Associates Degree

Hello Chris123-

As of yet LCB is not offering an associates degree. If the associates degree is very imporant to you I would look into other schools that do offer it. Since LCB in Dallas is new I do not think they are going to offer it anytime soon. Let me know if you have any questions.
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I do have a question, I am now the proud father of an 8 week old baby boy so I do not have the luxury of just packing up everything and moving to go to school in a differnt state. I want to go to LCB because of the big name but I also know that when I searched jobs on the net that i would like to have in the culinary field most of them required an associates degree to get into. I have also looked at the art institute of Dallas, but honestly the price of their associates program is really high, any suggestions as to what I can do to further my dream. Thank you for any replies.

Chris Ary
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