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Not sure if i'm ready for culinary school.

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I was just trying to find someone else's opinion on whether or not i should go to culinary school. I work at a Denny's and I am 'head cook'. Not sure if that's a legit title. I've been doing it for about 2 years now. I can push out food at good time and I do big parties. The biggest was a 40 top with only one other cook helping me. I've developed a skill in cooking and I have fun doing it. I feel like I'm strong and fast enough to work in a high end kitchen. I also do shifts during the week days where i manage the restaurant from 5p-5a, because were 24/7. I really want to be a chef one day, but I've always hated school. There's a community college in my area that has a culinary program and hooks you up with certification with ACF after you graduate. What should i do?

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Culinary school is a great idea for you. Working in a place like Denny's, you get the moves, but not the knowledge. Since you already have a basis in the kitchen, you can focus on the food stuff; students without experience are always at a disadvantage because moving/working in a kitchen is foriegn to them. Also, you're still new; students who have been chefs &/or cooking for years tend not to be teachable.
More and more restaurants use the same sysco-type products and pre prepared food. Some people spendvyears never cooking anything but breakfast food, burgers, chicken breasts, and 5oz. Steaks. If you want to move past that, it's an excellent idea to get a strong basis of food and technique knowledge. Coommunity Colleges are a fine place to do that, because the $$$ is more in.line with the money you'll make after - you already know about that.
As for hating school, just buckle down for a couple of years. Then it'll be over and you can get back to the important stuff. 75% of what you'll be doing is in the kitchen anyway.
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Thanks! That's what I was hoping to hear.

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Good luck!
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