Dear Bakedup: Kindly note I have no whatsoever affiliation or fellowship with Gregoire Ferrandi
I’m very pleased to read your enthusiasm towards Baking and Pastry arts however there’s slightly difference in between Baking arts and Pâtisserie professionnelle (French Pastry arts) if you more into (French or European baking) THEN you should go straight to specific course and specific guild institution.
Why Gregoire Ferrandi?
All top class Institutions included French Culinary Inst, George brown college, AIB International, Institut de tourisme et d’hotellerie-Quebec, California Institute of Baking (and list goes on) send there students to Gregoire Ferrandi for further (optional) education and apprentice to achieve accuracy in European pastry skill artistry
So why not learn direct from Masters, in this case you’ll learn not only basic trade but also specific craftsmanship, you’ll also get the chance to learn essential French to pronounce correctly, It’ll also provide you chance to work Internationally which is very good for your carrier and resume, and yes GF is world honoured and recognized school, don’t forget it is part of Paris Chamber of Commerce which mean you may qualify for French resident permit providing you are fluent in French and can support yourself financially.
By all means it is (indeed) very expansive adventure you must arrange minimum 25000 to 30000 Euros for one-year program
Lets say if my younger brother ask me this question (at your age-just 20yrs) I’ll not recommend him to go at this stage you have whole life infront of you, seriously pick your local community school, take your time to polish your skills, save some money, learn some French, and when you mature enough for France please go straight to GF.
I’ve been to kosher school, I have met with teachers/chefs and other administrator personals trust me GF is the best institution in this small world.
All the best to you
thanks for the list, i have the same scenario with Vagabundo but I'm not planning to totally switch to culinary and drop my engineering job. But i love to cook and plan to take a shorts courses to learn more..
thanks for the list, will put this at the top of my list.
Edited by alabama2010 - 10/3/10 at 10:40pm