I've been reading this forum for quite some time now and decided to finally introduce myself.
I have a question for you all, and I'd love to get some opinions or experiences from professional chefs. A few months ago I applied and was accepted to JWU in Miami for pastry school. I was very excited for the opportunity, but now my situation has changed and I'm most likely looking at getting my AS in pastry at a community college.
I've heard many times before that you get out of school what you put into it, and I'm prepared to make the best of any situation. I just happen to have some high ambitions though - I'm thinking I'd like to get some experience working in hotels, restaurants, and other big kitchens, and possibly one day starting a high-end bakery myself (a lot can change, I'm just talking possible future goals).
Is it realistic to think that I can get far in this industry without a big-name culinary school? If anyone's been through that themselves, I'd love to hear about how it worked out.
I've thought about majoring in hospitality instead, but baking and pastry is where my heart is. I don't have a problem with working hard and taking a rather non-traditional route to get where I want to go, I just want to know that it's doable. Thanks for any replies.