I have a BA in Graphic Design, but have chosen to seriously pursue the culinary field over the last few years. Professionally, I have about a year's experience as a baker / asst. pastry chef, and am about 5 months in to being a line cook (saute/fry). My end goal is to be a pastry chef and own my own bakery/cafe (I kinda got suckered into the line cook job and am learning a lot, figured it would help round out my experience — plus I love where I work!). I'm also still doing desserts at the restaurant where I'm on the line.
I was thinking about going to culinary school as my next step, probably a community college program, or otherwise doing an apprenticeship. But it doesn't look like that's in the cards for me right now. I'm learning tons on the job, and am happy to continue to build my knowledge and experience that way.
I have the opportunity to start a small pastry/dessert business with another pastry chef friend of mine, and I think we're going to go for it and see where it takes us. We have a third partner who is very business minded, as well.
However, I'm thinking that a graduate degree would probably really help me in my end goal. What sort of degree should I go for, though? Should I look into an MBA? Or try to find a restaurant/hospitality management master's? The latter seems to be few and far between, and my impression was that most MBA programs expect you to have a few years of industry experience...
Any thoughts or opinions would be wonderful. Thanks!