Culinary School

Discussion in 'Choosing A Culinary School' started by cherelle lynee, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. cherelle lynee

    cherelle lynee

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    I was accepted into Johnson & Wales University (dream school), But now since I've waited a year and went to community college in between JWU is booked until 2013!!! What is the next best school on the East Coast that offers housing ( Dorms), but is still affordable. 
     
  2. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Johnson and Wales is a great school and it would be an excellent place to attend. However, the sheer cost of attending schools like this today makes me question whether they are worth it. Since you have to wait why not consider just going to community college to learn the basics. While your there work at a great restaurant to further your learning. When your done with school you should have a pretty solid idea of what you want to do then you can go to school for a specialized area of cooking. 

    If your looking for an alternative school I think CIA is as good if not better than J&W and also the French Culinary Institute.
     
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    Check out Art Institute of Atlanta. Their recruiting office has some very good people working for them, I checked them out a couple months ago since I am trying to find a culinary school that fits my needs.
     
  5. chefdave11

    chefdave11 Banned

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    2013 ain't that far away.

    Wait it out and work in a restaurant in the meantime.  get some real experience BEFORE going to school.
     
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    If you read back in the archives of Chef Talk you will find 100s of discussions re. schools.
     
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    I want to know what all of you professional and retired chefs really think about the culinary schools. my son supposed to start in october at LeNotre Houston Tx.. The tuition is $46K and I think that is highway robbery. does a passionate cook need go to school? why not just get foot in door somewhere and start at the bottom? It is how I became an accountant. I never touched a single college classroom. But things are different now I think than when I graduated high school and moved to Houston. I want your truthful opinions.thanks, robin
     
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    It's a ton of money, Robin.  And he's not graduating school and getting a $50K/year job.  More likely about 1/2 that.

    I would highly recommend browsing around ChefTalk as this is a topic that is covered extensively, and you'll get a pretty good sense of what to consider.

    I will say this; if your son hasn't spent at least a year working full-time in a professional kitchen, I would not not not send him to school.

    If he has worked for a year, I'd be talking to the Executive Chef and getting his opinion as well, since he already has at least an introductory sense of your son's...potential or acumen for this profession.