Hello! I was wondering if someone could give me som insite on the best countries in Europe as far as cost id concerned?? What countries are most affordable for going to culinary school/living? Any countries with good schools worth looking into?Anything helps! Thanks.
Best EU Country for Culinary School???
I thik you need to approach this subject with a bit of information first.
Most eurpeans wishing to become cooks, take an apprenticeship. This is usually a three year contract,, with 3 parties:: The apprentice,, the employer, and the State, which supplies the classroom training and testing, and qualifications.
Hope this helps
I`m from Finland and i worked in Apprentice Ship Contract. Dont recommended any culinary school, before u are working least 1 year and see what this business can be... :) I can told u, i`m working 3 months and my friends who are studied 2 years dont know anything about this business. Maybe can make steak, so am i. They cant to do it, when restaurant have 200 people, and u must to make 10 steak, pasta and few other things same time. :)
Honestly look into school in copenhagen. as a well traveled american living in Sweden some of the most talented chefs I know have trained in Copenhagen. The woman I work under now has never worked in anything without a michelin star and is now running her own restaurant among many others. worth a look and as the world view is getting some focus on scandic cooking its good timing.
It is not the school that makes the student, it is the student that makes the school. If your good your good regardless of what school you attend. Language is a slight problem in US kitchens also. Suggest you learn both spanish and creole.
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume).
Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...
You may 'have heard'.... but not all countries in Europe have exactly the same visa requirements, which is why it has been suggested that the OP decides WHICH country first....! It also depends greatly on which country you are a citizen.
I didn't say that some countries didn't expect foreigners to apply for, and be granted, visas. What I said was that some countries have different requirements for those visas if the applicant comes from specific countries - often countries that were maybe colonised by the country the person is applying to enter/live/work.
I don't know where you're from - but suspect it might be Asia?
I would try Barcelona, and sign up for a Spanish ( French or Catalan course ) so that in this way, the student Visa is issued very quickly. In other words, USA citizens can go to any EU country for 120 days WITHOUT a Visa, for tourism.
Spain is easy for Americans to study in and / or Teach Celta Certified English; as Mariano Rajoy and Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton have a good relationship and the indispensible need for English Tefls.
Many corporations require American or Canadian Teachers due to fact that their Headquarters are in the USA & Canada and the working language is English. Language Academies are always looking for English Tefls with Business backgrounds. Good way to make some money while studying The Culinary Arts.
If you want to study, then you should contact the Consulate ( Washington D.C. ) of the country u wish to go to, and find out the cost of a Visa and tell them, u wish to study, however, I believe, you shall have to organize and get payment funding in process for the school in order to get the Visa !
You shall also require a POLICE DOCUMENT IN ENGLISH TRANSLATED BY A GOVT NOTARY IN SPANISH STATING YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN JAIL -- TO GET THE VISA ... CHECK DOCUMENTS REQUIRED !!!
Otherwise u may travel to Spain and stay 120 days without Visa.
Another point, Harvard Univiversity, Cambridge, Massachusetts has a culinary programme with the EL BULLI FOUNDATION in Barcelona
and THE ALICIA FOUNDATION, headed by Ferrán Adrià. Madrid has a new Le Cordon Bleu too.
My nephew, had done an apprenticeship for a well known Chef in Tuscany --- however, he does speak fluent Italian, English and Spanish. I can call him Saturday am and ask for the details if you wish. Presently he lives and works in Italia, as the Chef offered him a permanent position. We have dual Nationality, as my parents were European and my deceased husband was Italian as well.
*** Languages in the Mediterranean --- English is indispensible however they struggle alot except for the Portuguese and the Greeks ...
In Germany, Holland and Denmark and Sweden, English is almost as good as native speakers´ ... The problem is now, there is 21% unemployment in Spain, however, 6.5 % in Germany and 4.5 % in Holland the Nordic countries similar --- so there are more opptys there. I know that Rene Redzepi is also involved in teaching in Copenhagen. Do ur research. Keep informed.
This could be an interesting route.
Edited by margcata - 1/27/12 at 10:23am