Originally Posted by chefedb
None of them good .On line you get idea but you can't do it wiht your hands and thats what counts . Save your money. Tell me the difference beteen on line and a good illistrated cook book.?
I disagree, at least that's not my experience. I spent a lot of money to attend culinary school and I learned more from watching videos on Rouxbe.com and Youtube, and from participating in this forum. I wish I had saved my money by NOT going to school!!
The difference between online and a book is that the book only shows you photographs while online you can watch videos. An online videos allows you to watch, pause, zoom, be really close to the action. In school, you're far away from the teacher, they use mirrors to help you see what they do but that doesn't help much, you're standing, tired, hot in your Chef's clothes, etc, and if you need to go to the restroom or wash your hands and miss a coulpe of key sentences from the lecture you can't pause, rewind and watch again.
Also in school there's that ridiculous "chef" mentality where they make you feel like you don't know anything and you should shut up and listen, which doesn't encourage asking questions. If the "chef" (who's really just a teacher and hasn't been a professional chef for the past 20 years, but asks you to call them "chef") names an ingredient you don't know, you better not ask for fear of ridicule. If you mess up your Agnoloti you get yelled at and if you make a mistake with the ingredients you get yelled at, etc... also in a real school sometimes you just have to sit there for 2 hours listen to a teacher tell you things you already know, while online you can just fast forward or skip.
If you want to understand what it's like to work in pro kitchen, go work in a pro kitchen.
If you want to learn to cook, online schools are a much better, cheaper, more flexible alternative to real schools.
IMO Rouxbe is very good, probably the best.
Edited by French Fries - 10/11/13 at 8:34am