I posting this in this board because I am hoping to get more answers from working pastry chefs. Anyway, I was looking into going to pastry school and did a lot of research and concluded that I could not support a family on what seems to be the predominant starting pay for trained pastry people, whicj seems to run from roughly 8-11 dollars an hour. I know every school has the lucky grad who ends up with a great, high paying job, but that is not the norm. One of the schools I checked into was Sullivan (in Kentucky) and I told her (the rep) my concerns and what my research had shown. She asked me if I had spoken with anyone who actually had a degree and I told her that I had and the answers were the same; you start out as a pastry cook making not a lot of money and possibly not any benefits. She told me that her graduates are courted by fancy places (Disney was one she mentioned. It is my understanding that they pay crap.) and are hired as Chefs--not cooks or assistants--and are well paid. I asked her to provide the starting salary for me for their recently graduated pastry students and to get back wth me. What she is telling me is completely contrary to the year-and-a-half of research I have done. Who is right here? Thanks for your input.
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12/21/07 at 7:24am