Okay so we had a college come into class the other day from Paul Smith's College. It seems like the perfect college for me, but I am worried about the reputation of the school and how good it is compared to the known schools such as CIA and JWU. So if anyone has any information regarding Paul Smith's please let me know what you think.
Has anyone heard of Paul Smith's College?
Paul Smiths is in upstate new york and has a fine reputation. I don't know about tuition costs but probably cheaper than J&W or CIA. Of course the local areas also differ tremendously so if you can manage to visit, I would highly recommend you do so for all three. I picked J&W over CIA because J&W is in downtown Providence, RI and CIA is a few miles from the nearest town. I've never been to Paul Smith.
I have heard of Paul Smith's College and would be confident telling you it is an EXCELLENT school to further your culinary career. They have awesome lab facilities (an entire building on their campus is dedicated to the culinary and pastry arts program) AND they have two student-run restaurants and a student-run bakery on campus. The faculty has a ton of experience in the "real world" and you will spend almost all of your class time in the lab.
I think what sets Paul Smith's apart from other culinary schools is their location, which is only a few miles from the resort towns of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Students have the opportunity to train with excellent chefs (many are PSC alum!) at a variety of 3/4/5-star restaurants just a few miles from campus. None of that working at Applebees or other chains like a lot of culinary schools have you do - you will have the opportunity to create specials/menu items and really get a feel for what the industry is like.
I would encourage you to visit their campus and see if it is a good fit for you. But, don't feel like they don't have a good reputation - they are known around the country have a TON of famous alumni that have become CEOs of restaurant corporations (like Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins) and have opened famous restaurants, like The Palm. They even have a few reality show competition winners.
Check it out. You'll be glad you did!