Any suggestions for sommelier schools in Ca?

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I'm graduating from a culinary school soon and I thought a sommelier certification would give me an edge for getting a job in a high class restaurant. What do you think about this? Any school suggestions in California?
 
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I was recently looking into this.  It looks like CIA Greystone is the best option in CA.  Plus, it's hard to beat that location.  :)   The school is quite literally in between vineyards.
 
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I think your right Hui Bui. Sommelier schools are for servers in french restaurants who want a raise.
 
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there are many schools, but none of that is necessary to work at a fine dining establishment. you have to go beg for a job (often getting ignored) and work an entry level job regardless of culinary degrees and such. it all goes by experience.
As with most "generalizations", there is a "grain of truth" in the above, but the "picture" is incomplete and can be very misleading.

The OP has a goal of working in a "high class restaurant", presumably that means fine dining, or at least in that direction. Now, whether that goal is aimed at BOH or FOH is unanswered.

Typically, a sommelier works in FOH rather than BOH, which the OP has apparently gone to school to obtain BOH skills.

Neither the culinary school training nor the education as a sommelier will guarantee an opportunity to work in a "high class" restaurant will be available, let alone offered.

Will learning to be a sommelier help one land a BOH job? Probably not.

Will learning to be a cook help one land a FOH job? Probably not.

Will having the fundamental skills to tackle either a FOH or BOH job improve employment opportunities? Probably will.

Will any of this help YOU achieve YOUR goal(s)? That is up to YOU!
 
 
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Nicely done pete, I should have specified. I had BOH in mind in the post: I thought that a cook would be able to impress their way into a popular, quality kitchen if they had the knowledge to cross train waiters with wine knowledge.
 
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PCI would be an impressive 10k investment, but a few courses at The Greystone Wine studies sounds right for a juvenile, ambitious cook. An intro course then the first mastery course, followed by a food pairing course @ $2,500; totally a possiblity.  Good Stuff Unknown Cook!
 

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