experience is bestin my opionion, experience is the best thing.
i went to catering collage, whilst i was working, but i still found that i would learn more by working, and every time i could i would just sit and read.
the book knoledge is good yes, but you can lern more by actualy beeing in the kitchen. in one of my very first jobs as a chef, i was told by my head chef that its best to employ someone with the working experience, mainly because they tend to know more, and know HOW to be in a kitchen.
and i agree with that. im only working now as a cdp, but ive never compleeted my colledge training, and im glad that i didnt go through with it.
iv basically had just the working experience, and i have found that i have already done so much, i left school with no quallifications. but now, well its a different story, the kitchen has changed me. now i am more willing to lern and more find that i am more motivated to actualy lern, more than i am when im in a class room.
so yeah experience over school any day.