Gaining experience at a restaurant (VS.) C.I.A.

Discussion in 'Choosing A Culinary School' started by kristine norat, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. kristine norat

    kristine norat

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    I'm just about to graduate from high school. 

    I am currently working at a restaurant doing salads and desserts and surrounded by people who don't go to school, but say that I will get the same bulk of education working under my chef instead of paying thousands of dollars going to CIA.

    1. What do you guys think I should do? 

    2. Will that degree really get me more money? 
     
  2. burntsugar

    burntsugar

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    In the long run you will learn more knowledge wise from school but most employers are looking to where and how long you are working vs school. Its great to have both of course, if getting a high payin gig is your goal it will be a while and if you are paying off student loans factor that in as pay is minamal to start and for some time. Read great Books like the New Professional Chef its CIAs textbook, well written and great techniques. Leaning more than just how to cook is very important to lead your own line. Supervision and training as well as food costs ratios will be needed or Robert Irvine will come calling lol.