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Is culinary school required to become a chef? - please help me!!!

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Hello there!

 

My name is Monika I'm a polish student. I have a great passion of cooking and I'm so keen in that. I would like to star the career as the Chef, however I have no education of culinary school. I've attended many cooking courses f.ex by Kurt Scheller. My question is, is it required to graduate from culinary school to become a chef? I know it's a heaven better to do, however is it required? I've been thinking of taking the 6 weeks course at Paul Bocuse's academy, does that certificate equal to the Chef title? Can I work as a chef (souse chef and beginner chef) without graduation from culinary school? If the chef diploma is required please tell me where to study the best with no fortune spend;)

 

Thanx and please help me !

 

 

Monika  

post #2 of 4

No, you do not need to go to cooking school to be a chef.  You can learn on the job. 

post #3 of 4

One of the most brilliant chefs in America -- Tyson Cole -- did not go to culinary school.

 

All that really matters is the environment in which you learn. Find a great kitchen and a great chef, and be a sponge.

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No there are jobs out there that train you on the job, only thing i can tell you is don't fall into the trap of waiting to get where you want to go because a lot of places don't move you onto the job you want to do, go straight to what you want to do to be trained because you could be waiting for 2 + years if they do finally decide to let you in the kitchen's, don't let anyone mess you about, i myself am looking for the same thing, i've already been to college for a year and a half studying basic cookery, in the first almost 6 months i was serving lecturers and students as well as serving it to them for their lunch  and now i'm just cooking for the cafeteria and the cafe, i do not want to come out only to be put on a waiting job with very little hope i might be put in a kitchen, id like to learn more too, i hope you find a job that will train you.

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