Just join the forum recently, really happy to find so many of you of the same interest - kaing or doing pastry with me. I come from HK, 24 year old, graduated from a local University with Bachelor degree of Accountancy and currently working as an auditor, trying to save enough money to attend pastry school abroad. Hoping to turn my hobby into a real career. I know that being a professional pastry chef is kind of great difference with baking at home. Therefore, I try to get myself into the real working environment. I worked in a cake shop as a part time pastry chef, which give me a chance to feel and think deeply before I jumped into this career.
Originally, I thought of going to Le Cordon Bleu (Australia), since I don't speak french and the school required industry placement (which is good to people like me who have no previous experience in pastry, so that I can have something put down in my resume.)
However, after looking through this forum, I find other schools sound good too, really hard to decide which school to choose. I shortlisted the following schools.
1. Ferrandi - with internship (seems most of the people recommended this school)
2. ESNP - with internship ( like the french course it provided and also the accomodation arrangement)
3. Le Cordon Bleu - Paris/Australia
4. George Brown (the cost is the lowest among the four and with longest program, though need to study a range of unrelated course like english, maths, IT.)
Learning pastry in France sounds gorgeous (though I don't speak french, which is one of my concerns)
The followings are my concerns:
1. Cost - I think I can save around HK$ 300K for all the expenses (including the tuition, admin cost, living expenses etc.)
3. Accomodation - since I haven't study abraod before and I don't know how to drive, it will be great that the school can provide accomodation or I can rent houses near to the school)
4. Language - I don't speak french, but fluent in English and Mandarin.
5. Skills - I would like to learn from the basic, so that I can have a good foundation, to me, hands-on time and theory time are both important. Program of medium pace is most appreciated so that I can have enough time to practise or to understand.
I will continue to get more understanding of different schools before I make my final decision. I planned to quit my current job in late 2013 and probably would go to study in late 2013 or early 2014. Also, I would like to know the approximate monthly expense if I live in France.
Welcome all your comments and suggestions. Nice to meet all of you. =]
Edited by wingkiu - 1/6/13 at 2:38am