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I have 3 weeks left of my culinary classes. But I have to do a one month of externship, which comes out to be 180 hours.

At this point now, I have lost interest in my culinary dream. My last class was a business class, which sucked. This last class I'm in is a ACF Competition class. I have no interest in competing. When it comes to food, I'm not a competitive person. I believe it takes the fun and art out of cooking. I hate guidelines, I like a free for all. I consider myself an abstract cook.

 

And now that I have this externship coming up, I don't wanna be bogged down by crazy hours and ever changing schedules. I'm not like that. I have spent my past 13 years working a 9 to 5 job. I want to stay sane, have a life, go out with friends, go for road trips on weekends, and not build a life around pleasing some chef who is high above me. 

 

I love to cook, just not someone else's dime.

 

I don't know what to do?

post #2 of 15

Become a personal chef.

post #3 of 15

Do you own a time machine? 

 

You could try personal chefing, catering dinner parties, and stuff like that. It sounds like you don't want to work in a restaurant. My advice would be to finish school (even if that means doing an internship) and going from there. I'm sure your school has career councilors that could help you find some avenues for a culinary career that don't involve restaurant cooking. 

post #4 of 15

Keep cooking as a hobby? With what you've said I wouldn't remain in the hospitality industry. Maybe there is a job in the industry you'd like, however it would be very challenging to find. 

Culinary school taught you how to be a great home cook!

 Or if you have the connections, private chef.

Best of luck

post #5 of 15
Have you considered pastry? There's usually a lot more flexibility with hours and more room for menu design. Everyone keeps saying personal chef but that's a really tough gig to pull, kinda the dream job. Catering was a good suggestion too, usually a highly rewarding and laid back(comparatively) alternative. Other than those three..... Um, yeah.
post #6 of 15

Dood just make sure you finish.. I did the same thing when I was in school. I am just so glad I finished, at least I have something to my name.   I didn't want to cook anymore but it turns out, you just can't deny the fact that when you are good at something, well you are just good at something.   I don't cook in fancy restaurants anymore, even though I certainly enjoyed the experience and the knowledge i took away from it all ( I too was pretty miserable working in restaurants) the hours are chit.  But I found something else to use my culinary skills in and I make $$ running a very strange food service company.  

 

You never know where your cooking skills and knowledge will land you but I can guarantee this.. You will definetly do some things that you would never have imagined if you open your mind up a little. 

 

I'm on track to purchasing my first restaurant in the next two years, so I can share my real skills and my food with the world. 

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by LooneTech View Post
 

I have 3 weeks left of my culinary classes. But I have to do a one month of externship, which comes out to be 180 hours.

At this point now, I have lost interest in my culinary dream. My last class was a business class, which sucked. This last class I'm in is a ACF Competition class. I have no interest in competing. When it comes to food, I'm not a competitive person. I believe it takes the fun and art out of cooking. I hate guidelines, I like a free for all. I consider myself an abstract cook.

 

And now that I have this externship coming up, I don't wanna be bogged down by crazy hours and ever changing schedules. I'm not like that. I have spent my past 13 years working a 9 to 5 job. I want to stay sane, have a life, go out with friends, go for road trips on weekends, and not build a life around pleasing some chef who is high above me. 

 

I love to cook, just not someone else's dime.

 

I don't know what to do?

 

 

Hey,

 

Didja ever hear of a professional football/b.ball/baseball player who didn't want to work evenings/weekends/public holidays?  Didja ever hear of such a player who didn't want to play against other teams because s/he didn't like competition?

 

Ed was right, get out of the  kitchen now, you ain't going to like it. 

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post #8 of 15
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Become a personal chef.

It would never work as a PC , never.

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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by LooneTech View Post
 

I have 3 weeks left of my culinary classes. But I have to do a one month of externship, which comes out to be 180 hours.

At this point now, I have lost interest in my culinary dream. My last class was a business class, which sucked. This last class I'm in is a ACF Competition class. I have no interest in competing. When it comes to food, I'm not a competitive person. I believe it takes the fun and art out of cooking. I hate guidelines, I like a free for all. I consider myself an abstract cook.

 

And now that I have this externship coming up, I don't wanna be bogged down by crazy hours and ever changing schedules. I'm not like that. I have spent my past 13 years working a 9 to 5 job. I want to stay sane, have a life, go out with friends, go for road trips on weekends, and not build a life around pleasing some chef who is high above me. 

 

I love to cook, just not someone else's dime.

 

I don't know what to do?

 

If you hate guidelines and working for other people then you better figure out a way to make people work for you.  But since business class sucked and you hate crazy hours so you're probably SOL.

post #10 of 15
A whole 180 hours in a month? Wait until you start pulling 80+ hour weeks.
If you are not competitive and don't like business then you need to find a new career.  There's zero chance that it would work out for you as a PC. Multiply that by a factor of 10x for catering.
Frankly the whole post sounds more than a bit Looney but assuming it's not completely disingenuine then at least finish your program.

Edited by DuckFat - 5/14/14 at 6:52am
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post #11 of 15

My first piece of advice would be to concentrate on the three weeks of culinary school classes that you have left. When in class, give them all your focus and energy with an open mind. Do the absolute best that you can. Remember that your signature is on everything that you do in this life, You want to be able to look back at this period in your life with no regrets knowing that you gave it your maximum effort instead of seeing wouldas, couldas, shouldas.

 

The second thing that I would recommend is that when your externship arrives go at it with an open mind and when on duty give it all your focus and energy. Do the absolute best that you can. Concentrate on the 180 hours of externship that you have left.  You want to be able to look back at this period in your life with no regrets. Remembering that you gave it your maximum effort instead of seeing wouldas, couldas, shouldas, because after all your signature is on everything that you do in this life.

 

After successful completion of culinary school and the externship, what what be prudent would be to weigh your options and consider your goals and aspirations in both your career and in your life. Then proceed to concentrate on those with all your focus and energy. Giving them your maximum effort and doing the absolute best that you can with an open mind. Remember that your signature is on everything that you do in this life, You will want to be able to look back at this period in your life with no regrets knowing that you gave it your maximum effort instead of seeing wouldas, couldas, shouldas.

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post #12 of 15
Duck fat has best response to this issue. You are headed in the wrong direction and need to finish school and stay away from any commercial kitchen. Good luck
post #13 of 15

Sounds like a troll.

post #14 of 15

I thought about that too, but the O.P. hasn't responded at all

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post #15 of 15
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Hey,

 

Didja ever hear of a professional football/b.ball/baseball player who didn't want to work evenings/weekends/public holidays?  Didja ever hear of such a player who didn't want to play against other teams because s/he didn't like competition?

 

Ed was right, get out of the  kitchen now, you ain't going to like it. 


X 2 foodpump! Could not have said it better but cheflayne does have the more politically correct advice.

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