OK, I know there are a million and one posts on advice about starting over, but I am really in need of some help. I work a corporate America job and am ready to pull out my hair! I am a baking enthusiast with no pastry/baking education under my belt. I just love to be in the kitchen. I am now at the point in my life (late 20's) where I feel like it's now or never for me. I got offered a dream job at a local small bakery and had to turn it down due to the pay and lack of insurance benefits. If I could afford to cut my salary in half and have no health insurance, then believe me, I would have done it.
That being said, I have looked into the Art Institute of Michigan and was impressed with their kitchens and staff. I've read a lot of not so good reviews in the forum about the school though. Are there any suggestions on whether or not I should make this investment? How do I get my foot in the door at a local bakery, while juggling my corporate job and going to school? Is starting a home business a good idea? My goal is to get my name out in the area as well. I literally am a scattered mess on where to even begin. I am currently working on my portfolio, as far as the decorating aspect, but how do I get people to try my baking?
Any guidance and opinions would be greatly appreciated!