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I'm not sure which direction to go.  I start classes at a local community college in January.  I'm a 40 year old career changer.  I love to cook.  I also love dessert.  I've worked in food service before and always enjoyed it.  I've been planning on this for a few years. 

 

Any thoughts?  Is one going to be a quicker road to a career?

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I love to bake, and I don't really enjoy cooking much. I went to school for baking and pastry. I really love it, but I do think that because most pastry cirriculums don't require students to take culinary classes, pastry students are always going to be more limited in their overall abilities than culinary students. In most average restaurants, pastry chefs do not exist because there's a chef that can cook meals and make basic desserts. In my opinion, if you love to bake but you also enjoy cooking, study culinary. You will have a better chance at finding an entry level position. If I could pick my major over again I wouldn't change it, but I know the job search for me will be pretty limited.
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