I am not trying to dissuade any from this industry. I love this industry. I have been doing this industry for 40 years, but it is not all glamour, creativity, and adoration of swooning fans and foodies. There is a fair amount of tedium and repetition involved as well.
Here is brief glimpse into the life as experienced by myself and my 4 other cohorts this week. On Saturday, we had 5 groups. The largest was 700. The smallest was 25. The total guest count was 1,350. The same counts were repeated on Sunday.
Appetizer menu for one group:
1,500 mini pizza bites, not premade shells nor any premade toppings, all toppings done by kitchen including the tiny meatballs
1.) grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper pesto, toasted pine nuts
2.) crispy pancetta, roasted garlic, fontina, and rosemary
3.) turkey gorgonzola meatballs, garlic, mozzarella, and marinara
900 polenta rounds, basic same gig as pizza mini bites, no premade, presliced, precut, etc. etc. etc.
Roasted garlic and parmesan polenta crowned with sautéed forest mushrooms and a truffle mousse, garnished with micro greens
900 caprese salad skewers, same blah blah blah, hand picked basil leaves
Skewer with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil
12 gallon antipasta bowl
1,000 double chocolate cherry brownie bites, sure you get the drift by now
And that was just one party. Do about 20 mini pizzas, 20 caprese, 20 polenta, etc and see if your enthusiasm is till intact.
Another one had a 10 item buffet for 300 guests with one item being a haricot verte and new potato Genovese. Have you ever cleaned, stringed, and prepped 8 gallons of haricot verte?
It is my strong recommendation that anyone considering going to culinary school as start to following a career path in the culinary arts, work in the industry for a bit before laying out a ton of cash for a formal education. Get a feel for it first.
I am not by any stretch of the imagination against culinary school either. I attended and graduated from one. I also had been working in the industry for 10 years before attending school.
Basic gist, know what you getting into before getting into it!