Hello I am new to these forums but have recently been thinking about my long term career choices and options.
I graduated 2 years ago with a BS in culinary management, since then I have only had a FoH position in a Hotel Resort's restaurant for 7 months and otherwise have had to take jobs in other career fields to be able to pay the bills and support my family. I have continued to try and get entry level restaurant jobs to be able to build my experience because I know that school experience does not equal real world experience. I am now 25 and have become increasingly worried that I am falling far behind on my career by not building my culinary resume and experience.
The reason I started this thread is I have started thinking about starting my own small food business with a focus on small group private culinary lessons to help people learn the basics of cooking, but also be able to do small party private catering. The lessons would focus on people who have an interest in food and cooking but feel they have no skills or knowledge. So I have 3 questions regarding this idea:
1: Does 4 years of culinary school give me enough credibility to be able to help people learn basics of cooking so that I could sell myself?
2: Is teaching people in their own homes a viable option for lessons, more so from a legal and liability standpoint?
3: Should I rather focus my time and energy on getting into an established restaurant rather than risk a small business?
I thank anyone for their time and responses, I have lost focus for my career and am trying to get back on track so any advice and opinions are very welcome.