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Hi everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong section.

I have a good friend in his 40's who wants to become a professional butcher and open his own deli. He knows a guy that might take him on as an apprentice if he first learns the basics, but that guy doesn't know of any schools. I don't know of any, either. All the people I know, my suppliers and such, came up through the ranks much in the same way most of us have.

Anyway, I thought I'd ask around to see if anyone knows of a school or program that can get him up to speed on the basics, something beyond the class or two typically offered in culinary schools, since he doesn't really have 5-10 years to spare working in a supermarket's meat department. Plus, he definitely has the resources to open his own place once he feels he knows enough to make a go of it, so I don't think he's losing anything by avoiding that. He's been a line cook, bartender, and restaurant manager for some time, so he knows how to work, he's just getting old like me. biggrin.gif

Thanks for any info you may have!