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Hi my name is Samara, i am in my last highschool year, i love to cook and im always cooking on my free time, i would love to attend to a culinary school, but i dont know if attending to one would be the best decision for me; im so desperate and i dont know what to do. Attending to the culinary institute of america had always been my dream but i dont know now.  My dream has always been having restaurants, bakeries and everything that relates food. I dont know if it will be better to go for a business administration degree first or go for the culinary arts and managment in once. Please give me an advice that would help me in my future. thank you

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A culinary degree/certificate/whatever prepares you to work producing food with an opportunity to continue to learn all the other things necessary to run a restaurant or food business.

 

A business administration degree provides the fundamental skills and knowledge to work in the administration of any business, with some additional specialized training, such as culinary, for specific businesses.

 

If I were making the choice, I would choose the BA/BS in Business Administration and pick up the culinary later, then, when I discovered that cooking is long hours, low pay, and lousy social life, I'd have the background to work in insurance, construction, retail, wholesale, customer service, information technology, manufacturing, mining, even politics.

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post #3 of 8
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was food your passion? where did you study for culinary arts? ... thank you very much for your response it helped alot... 

I really dream on owning a restaurant.

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Was food my passion? Well, I started in the trade while in college because I needed MONEY! Looked for a pearl diver job and landed a short order cook job in a cafe that opened at 10:30 pm and closed at 6:00 am.

 

My undergraduate culinary degree is from MHC and my graduate degree is from SHK. I also have a BS in Agricultural Engineering. I recognize that engineering is a profession while cooking is a trade.

 

My culinary experience includes sporadic jobs as a cook, 13 years as a personal chef, and three years as a restaurant owner/chef.

 

The skills necessary to successfully run a restaurant have little to do with culinary skills and a lot to do with:

  • Personnel management
  • Business management
  • Inventory control
  • Business finance
  • Business law
  • Equipment and building maintenance trades

 

Being able to cook is helpful when one or more cooks do not show. Understanding the FOH and being able to handle those jobs is helpful when one or more wait staff fail to show up.

 

Oh, BTW, MHC = Mama's Home Cooking and SHK = School of Hard Knocks lol.gif

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post #5 of 8
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jajaja ok you are right i think it will be better if i go for the business managmente instead.. i was very frustrated and worried, i didnt know what to do, i didnt know which would be the best choice for my future

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thank you very much

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I on the otherhand would choose Culinary arts, cause while your working you get alot of knowledge and you have an idea about how a kitchen is run, in hospitality industry experience is everything, the way chef education works in Denmark where i live is that you have 3 years of hard work, and 9 months of school, when you graduate you have to make buiness model of your " dream restaurant ".

ofc you can llso be a dum chef that only are good at prepping our doing service, but if you work hard, you'll learn the rest, but patient is a good thing! as you have to prove yourself worthy of challenging tasks

i wish you the best of luck with choosing the right path for you! follow your heart, having passion is a great start!

 

Nick!

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thank you very much Nick

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