Hey everyone, I'm hoping you can help me out. I'm sure this question has been asked a million times but I looked through the old posts and couldn't find the exact responses I was looking for. Basically, I'm an ESL teacher, have been for the past 3 years. Have been living in Italy (Salerno then Rome) teaching English. While there, I tried to get into a bakery kitchen and just do sometraining, but besides not having the schedule to do it, a lot of bakeries wanted me to have a sanitation certificate that qualifies me to work in kitchens etc. Anyway, I'm currently back in Jersey and working at a language school in NY but have since decided not to return to Italy. I would like to concentrate on a career in baking but am a bit lost as where to start and so, I have some questions. Firstly, in the New York area, is it possible to find bakeries that would train me without any type of qualification? And, would it be paid? I'd like to start asking bakeries this week if they're interested but don't want to be disillusioned or have unreal expectations. Also, is this the best route to go or is some kind of certificate better, even if it's community college or a small pastry/baking school? I'm certain that I want to work with food in one way or another and would eventually like to own my own business (I'm also interested in making jams, jellies, preserves and I've done this for 4 months in Italy plus I work at a farmer's market here in jersey). Any suggestions or advice is appreciated!!!
Thanks in advanced,