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Should I even go to culinary school?

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I've heard so many suggestions these last two years about what I should do when I graduate high school. My dads friends own a very successful catering business and said that going to culinary school was one of their worst decisions ever. While my boss says it was one of his best. My instructor at school (I go to a vocational school) dropped out after one year. I just need a few suggestions so I make a good choice.
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I'm graduating from culinary school (really a food and beverage management degree), so I'm biased towards it.

 

The biggest question to ask is if you want to make a career out of cooking. If it is, I would say go and cook. Then find a 2 year program that will go over the business aspects, such as how to cost a menu, control food and labor costs, and how to read financial statements. I wouldn't borrow money to do it.

 

I've spent a total of about $3000 on my degree, but all I had to take were the program specific classes.

 

I hope this helps.

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Try get a sponsorship visa and come to australia and do an apprenticeship, you will be paid to learn and also.get australian residency aswell as your cert III in commercial cookery
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@BaconBarrett  when you are so undecided the best thing you can do is actually go work in a professional restaurant, catering business for a year and see if you really like it. Then if you do and you feel culinary school is worth it then go. Now days culinary school is a huge expense and you really (really really) need to be sure it is the right path for you. My personal recommendation would be to follow similar lines to @CSchley . You do not need to spend a fortune to go to culinary school to learn to cook.

 

Speaking from my experience I attended the  Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park  and was an incredible experience. Amazing school, campus, chefs teachers and it was an experience I truly enjoyed. However, when I attended the CIA it was $25K which was a lot in the 90's and now it is about $60K. When I graduated I had an Associates degree in cooking! I honestly can't recommend spending 60K to get an associates degree in culinary arts unless you can do it without going into debt.

 

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