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Waz, those two programs look VERY different. The Valencia one seems geared toward MANAGEMENT skills, based on a culinary foundation. OCA seems more straight culinary. Which do you want to do -- cook or manage? Your choice of outcome should dictate choice of school. Obviously, I don't know you, but from the way you describe yourself (age, work background), you might actually be happier with the training and future employment possibilities at Valencia. (We seem to be somewhat alike, so if you want to discuss this more, you can PM me.)

Chiff -- I think those are just short, recreational classes they offer as a part of resort packages there.
 

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Okay, but this is an industry that suffers mightily from the belief that it is totally unique, and that any skills gained elsewhere -- no matter how successful you were with them -- have NO VALUE here. The "not invented here" philosophy is dreadfully widespread. And as much as I don't like to admit it, there ARE a lot of management issues that are not found in many other businesses.

As long as you can stop yourself from saying, "Well, at the dot com we would handle this problem this way..." you'll be okay. And as long as you also keep your mouth shut when you are being managed badly by someone who doesn't know how. Remember, in a lot of places the ONLY answer is "Oui, Chef." To ANYONE.
 
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