My goal is the be a professional chef and it was a thought that I had that I'd have to attend a culinary school. I have no expectations about program but I will check out other colleges with culinary programs. But that is all I'm trying to figure out, what is the best path to take in regards for a culinary school. Would appreciate any information on programs personally taken.
Hello Lucas and welcome to ChefTalk.
The decision whether to go to culinary trade school or not is something that only YOU can answer.
That being said....I am a retired Chef with 47 years of cooking experience. I went to school for 7 long years and you know what?
When I'm in the kitchen, I can tell in an instant what cook went to school and who did not. You see Lucas although others will tell you that they learned while on the job, I will tell you that most of them (not all) do not have the fine tuning of knowledge that school gives.
Sure you'll go to school then start out in the dish room, but how far you progress from there is totally up to you.
Also too, culinary school only briefly touch subjects and projects are forgotten within a week after learning them as the project is not re-enforced. That's where the student comes in.
While attending school, I also worked in the industry at the same time gathering up even more knowledge.
A 2 year program will offer less of a glimpse into our industry than a 4 year. I can not stress enough how important it is to pay attention and devour all that you are learning.