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Which School is Better???

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So this upcoming fall I will be starting culinary school for baking and pastry. The only thing I'm not sure of is which one would be more bang for my buck. Here in San Antonio, we have an Art Institute as well as a Culinary Institute of America. Which one is better or is there really no differentiation? If I was applying for a job, would one look better than the other? I know this question has probably been asked a million times, but I feel so torn between the two.

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ask to sit in on a class from each, after all you are spending a lot of $$$

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The CIA is respected across the board, while the Art Institute is considered by some to be a commercial certificate mill. I've not attended either, but the CIA is considered by many to be the best school in the US.
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As Anthony Bourdain said if you're not going to CIA, Johnson and Wales, or the French culinary Institute then its usually not worth the massive amount of money you are going to shell out. However, even though I went to one of these schools, If I could do it again I would just knock on every back door of every restaurant in New York or Chicago and pester them until I got a job. I'm not entirely sure anything is worth the debt.

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As Anthony Bourdain said if you're not going to CIA, Johnson and Wales, or the French culinary Institute then its usually not worth the massive amount of money you are going to shell out. However, even though I went to one of these schools, If I could do it again I would just knock on every back door of every restaurant in New York or Chicago and pester them until I got a job. I'm not entirely sure anything is worth the debt.

I don´t agree with your first sentence because i have seen many community colleges with curriculums that were pretty good, and some of their grads are just as good as the ones from big name culinary schools. 

 

Anyway i do agree on the fact that i wouldn´t pay for school until i had at least some experience in the field. 

Get a job at a bakery or a restaurant etc... and work for a few months and try to get an understnding of what this industry demands. 

I think getting some experience as well as experiencing what the industry is all about will either justify paying for culinary school, or show you that the industry may not be a for you. 

 

TBH the culinary schools you go to, will really make no difference on your resume IMO, because the experience is more valuable. 

Culinary school will get your foot in the door, and you will definetly learn alot, but speed and work ethic are things schools can´t teach you. 

Sure a big name school won´t look bad on your resume, but many people who you may work with may not have even gone to culinary school and have years of experience under their belt...

 

If i were you i would take a tour of the school, take a look at their curriculum, as well as ask if you could just sit in a class and see what they do all day as Ed mentioned. Consider getting a job be it part time or full time...

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