Hi I am currently studying a culinary arts degree at Ducasse Institute Philippines (Enderun Colleges), I like the school but I am regretting taking the 4 year Degree programme, I feel the degree is dominated by general and hospitality units.
I am 29 and I have attended college in the past as part of my work in a completely different field, I don't have a degree but I have done general subjects before and it's hard get motivated to repeat them whilst only spending 3 hours per week in the kitchen, I am just into my second semester and I just want to develop my cooking skills and learn the culinary theory.
I think I should have chosen a certificate course so I can get into the industry and build experience rather than gain a degree with a lot of general units that are not related to culinary, the course is good for a school leaver but I am starting to think its not for me.
My options are; to switch to the certificate course (but it takes longer here than the Ducasse school in france), attend another school in my home country of England, ( I have been looking at Tante Marie, Ashburton cooking school) or attend another school abroad such as Ferrandi in France or ICC in New York.
I would be grateful to hear from any graduates of these schools or any industry professionals that could help me with my choices.
I am really passionate about cooking and my career lies in this industry I just took the degree because I thought it would help my career but I think for me and my age of 29 the certificate or a more intense learning program will be far better.
Thanks, looking forward to hearing from you!