I was just talking to a friend of a friend who just finished culinary school and is now doing his apprenticeship (at a GREAT place, I might add!) -- AND he hates it!! The reason he hates it, and I quote "The chef works me like a dog --- I'm not her personal slave. One day all I did was make gallons and gallons of salad dressing."
When he started saying this, all I could do was smile -- he had no idea what he was getting himself into when he started school. He didn't realize the hours he would be putting in; he thought he would get a great line position or chef position after he graduated.
I just wanted to thank everyone on this site who shares their honest opinions and the realities of working in the kitchen and that it is not all glory and games. Reading the posts here have definitely opened my eyes to many things I was unaware off and have made me feel more prepared for what I am getting myself into.
Anyways, to make a long story short, I hope everyone who is thinking of going to culinary school reads the posts and really listens to them because it will save a lot of heartache (and money!!) if they don't like what they are reading.