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    apartment near the French Pastry School in Chicago any suggestions

    It solely depends on your budget. The FPS is located in downtown Chicago so rent will be high there. So with that being said, what is your budget? Do you have pets? Any requirements?
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    Volunteer Opportunities while attending school

    Absolutely take advantage of this. You will meet people, your school reps will notice and may ask you again, and you may learn something.  The flip side is you don't do it and you never find out.
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    A career in culinary

    Since you're in South Florida, I would look into AI's certificate program only. I visited their campus recently and yes, they operate for profit. Personally, I feel their degree costs too much. It's debt you don't necessarily need and you can earn your AA at a community college to eventually get...
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    French Pastry School or NECI?

    I've heard good things about both schools so I wouldn't say one is better than the other. One thing to consider is cost. How much of a cost difference is it? 
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    Living, working and learning in Chicago

    I live in Chicago and know the schools you are probably considering. Feel free to check out my site  and let me know if I can help you out further.
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    Anyone even remotely THINKING about a "culinary career" needs to read this...

    Well, here's the point I think many miss on this debate...The cost of SOME culinary schools does not reflect the actual pay you will walk away with. Try living making $700 a month payments on a cooks salary. It's difficult. Very difficult.  Now with that being said, certificates are also...
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    Pastry or Culinary School?

    Molly, I would also recommend looking into getting a degree in nutrition as you COULD learn a lot of the cooking or baking skills on the job. The human body is a magnificent thing and if you want to really make an impact, having more knowledge in the human body could be a better move.  With...
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    Baking and Pastry School: AS Degree vs. Certificate Program

    BakeryGirl, Sorry to get back to you so late.  Personally, I don't know much about Keiser so I cannot comment on that school.  What I would recommend is to look at the certificate option at LCB, AI, and J+W. Would you need to relocate to attend any of those three? If so, think about the...
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    Johnson and Wales University vs. Le Cordon Bleu

    Mr Fender, Welcome to the board and good luck with everything. It's fantastic you are looking into this and actually in a program at a young age. Some things  to consider... 1) It's the representatives job to make the program look appealing and claim they are the best because they are paid to...
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    Need advice on my career path to chef

    If you are talking about working in a restaurant, having a certificate over a degree is something most chefs/hiring mgrs/etc don't care about. You don't get a pay upgrade as a line cook because you have a degree, cert, or no education but have experience.  Also, what restaurant do you manage...
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    Which Culinary School?

    Alexica, In Tennessee, you have Nashville State Community College  and Rel Maples A few things though... 1) See if you would count for District tuition rates as where you live is important...
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    Which Culinary School?

    I know you said you live in the South East region but what state?
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    Where is a good place to move after school?

    All cities will have fine dining. Some will have fine dining better than others. Seattle, from what I have heard, can be a lot of fun (this is not coming from a cooks perspective) and if you want to go, then give it a shot.  The great thing about the food industry is the ability to just go...
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    Hello fellow foodlums

    Show up on time and be respectful of your instructors. Many of these people have contacts in the industry and if they see you are dedicated, they are going to be more willing to recommend you to others than the other student that has an ego and shows up late. Network with staff and other good...
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    Baking and Pastry School: AS Degree vs. Certificate Program

    I like to ask questions... 1) Do you have any previous experience working in kitchens? 2) What schools in Florida are you looking into? I ask this because Florida has a ton. 3) What do you plan on doing with your education? Any career path in mind? 4) What did you previously study? 
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