How do I make good grades in culinary school?
Gear mentioned in this thread:
There are a few good threads in this site about books:
The CIA uses Professional Chef I used On Cooking at my college.
There are four textbooks I am currently working on for a CCC designation.
Of course if you are planning on opening a high end Molecular Cuisine Gastrosomethingirother you may just want to study some books on that topic. Maybe your into BBQ. Who knows theres a lot of books out there.
You get a poor grade:
"But this guy, that guy and some other guy told me to do this, that and something else. I don't understand why I got such a poor grade."
"Go take classes from this guy, that guy and some other guy ... and get good grades from them. If you want good grades from ME ... do what I expect instead."
Any good instructor will let you know what you should do for them. That is what you want to follow. It's so very very unfortunate when I have to deal with upset students, and worse yet, their parents. "But Our child has always gotten such good grades from other teachers." My simple answer always shocks and/or gets them furious. "Well then ... I guess your child has either changed ... or their other teachers sucked."
@EdwrdSpatchHnds don't focus on grades seriously. When I went to Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park they told us right in the beginning grades don't matter. Actually what they told us they got the most calls about at the school from employers hiring students were:
- How many times did this person skip class?
- How often were they late?
Employers won't care about grades they are on the lookout for dedicated, hard working, reliable employees.
That being said if you care about grades the only class that truly matters in my opinion is culinary math as @Chezj023 pointed out. So many culinary students make their experience about the cooking and being the next big deal that the don't focus on how to be profitable and run a business. The second most important class is the foundation classes such as stocks and sauces.
Also, if you would be willing to post a review of your culinary school it really helps cheftalk out. We are trying to build a large database of culinary schools so people can research where they may want to attend school. When you get to school you can post your review here: http://www.cheftalk.com/products/category/culinary-schools