I am 30 years old and looking to make a career change. I LOVE to cook. and the only thing that's held me back from going to culinary school sooner has been $$$$ and logistics. I live in DC and was thinking about either NYC or Paris but had to put both ideas to rest due to the above mentioned reasons. Last thing you should know about me is that I am Persian/ Iranian and eventually what I plan on doing is opening a Persian restaurant with a twist. I already know how to make/ cook all of the things that I plan on having on the menu. The menu will consist mainly of de-constructed Persian dishes, either in technique or presentation.
Now.... Having said all of that I wonder do I really need culinary school? Can I just save that money and put it towards my restaurant? Or if some training is necessary please help me decided which one.
I am deciding between the culinary program at L'academie de cusine in Maryland or the diploma program at the Art Institute in Arlington, VA. The main difference I see is the level of involve offered in each program. I'm thinking that the 36 hours diploma should be sufficient but also wondering if the program is even good to begin with? The cost difference is almost double with Ai being the lessor of the two and the length of time again Ai being less. I am begining to lean towards Ai. I am just worried about the validity of the program. You never hear about amazing chef being Ai trained! I wish there was a program around DC that mirrored that of FCI in nyc.
Please help! all insights, opinions and comments are welcome... as long as you're nice!