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I was browsing around the web today for some information on culinary schools and came across http://www.escoffieronline.com and thought it seemed odd to have a 100% online culinary school. That said, if it actually offers a good solid education, it would work out beautifully for my current situation. It just doesn't seem to me like it would result in the same quality of education that a classroom would. If anybody here knows anything about this program can you please share your knowledge about this program? thank you very much :)

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You might consider contacting Candy Wallace, Executive Director

American Personal & Private Chef Association
4572 Delaware Street San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: 800-644-8389 / 619-294-2436
Email: webmaster@personalchef.com

 

as she is familiar with the program.
 

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post #3 of 12
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I will definitely do that, thanks :)

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done and done. I'll update this once I get an answer from Ms. Wallace.

post #5 of 12

Please do!!  I am very interested in her take on this, as I live in rural Iowa and have a kindergartner, so an online program would definitely be the most convenient.

 

Thank you!

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Surprisingly, I received a response already. This is what she said:

 

 

Quote:

Hello David,
 
Thank you for your inquiry. I’m not certain who referred you to me for an opinion, but I can tell you that after reviewing the Escoffier online program we thought highly of it as an alternative to expensive, time consuming brick and mortar programs and we endorse it as an alternative avenue on which an individual who wishes to obtain a skill set or polish a skill set can do so in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable amount of money.
 
If you would like additional information about the Escoffier online program I suggest you contact
Sarah Larson who is the Senior Admissions Representative at Escoffier online. Her number is 224-698-2123 and her email address is slarson@escoffieronline.com.
I hope this is helpful, and I wish you good cooking!
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if we can be of any additional assistance.
Chef Candy Wallace
Executive Director
APPCA
800-644-8389
www.personalchef.com

 

it's not exactly a comparison of the two different educations but it's something. I don't know how much weight an APPCA endorsement carries.

post #7 of 12

Found out about this a few weeks ago.  Don't know if it would be of any interest to you but i thought I would share the link just in case.

 

http://rouxbe.com/

~MissyD

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That's a pretty neat place, thanks! I'll have to look at that closely. I like that they have it broken down there. I like not being tied down for 2 years or whatever, for an online education :)

post #9 of 12

Hello,

 

I was looking closely at this program as well. I am a teacher, and I am considering a career change to become a private chef. My only concern is that the certification will not be looked at highly by employers when lookng to secure a private chef position. Does anyone think this is something to be concerned about? Can anyone give me advice on this?

 

Thanks,

PC79

post #10 of 12

IMHO, cooking credentials for personal/private chefs are secondary to many other skills and are often unnecessary.

 

Personal/private chefs do what grandmothers and stay at home mothers do/did, prepare tasty, home cooked family dinners.
 

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Hello, thank you for responding to me so quickly! Can you agree that having the online certification from Escoffier help out with landing a job as a private/personal chef? I am just curious.

 

Thanks,

PC79

post #12 of 12

Having the education from Escoffier (or any other conventional or on-line school), in general, will improve your cooking skills and may boost your confidence level. Education, at least for me, is ALWAYS valuable.

 

Having the certification from Escoffier (or any other culinary certification) may help you gain clients IF your client base knows and understands what the certification means crazy.gif, most of my client base has no idea or grasp of what the certification means. Certification, for me, is only valuable if a knowledgeable client recognizes the value to them!

 

In over 12 years as a personal chef, I have never had a client or potential client as where I received my training. Some friends and acquaintances have inquired and I respond that my undergraduate training was from MHC and my graduate training was from SHK.

 

If they inquire further, I explain MHC= Mama's Home Cooking and SHK=School of Hard Knocks

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