Ok so culinary school is almost done, now what?

Joined Mar 20, 2010
So i am now two months away from finishing culinary school. And i just cant think of what to do now...
The answer is obvious, i want to make food that taste good and be creative. Simple? No.

Where to start? Do i want to look for a restaurant that focuses on international/regional/modern cousine?
All is intresting choices. Do i want to try my luck going abroad to start at an entry level in a high class kitchen?
Or should i stay put and perhaps not have the same oppertunities as i would in a more larger city (i live in sweden halfbig town).
Should i try to switch restaurants alot? Some cheifs that i have meet have told me that is the best thing to do. At the same time in my own experience those are the ones that often do not get further than being "hired geeks". Never really makes descisions and just go from restaurant to restaurant just doing what they are told.

Offcorse all of these are rather a taste of your own style and what you enjoi cooking the most. So there is no right or wrong answer really. But my question and meaning with this thread is, have you been in this situation?
What did you choose and how did it work out for you? Do you think you made the right descision and if you could go back, would you do it difrent?

Thanks in advance and i do appology for my poor english. Fortunate for me am a better chef than typer :)
Joined Mar 3, 2010
I'm in the same situation as you I'm not sure whether to stay in US or got to Europe, even though my plans of leaving have failed me and turned down one of the opportunities, I'm not even sure how I'm gonna do after school. its kind of weird. i don't suggest job hopping, at least a year or until you have learned everything you wanted and done all the stations in my opinion.im the type of person that switching jobs just doesnt suite me or what my parents taught me.  i enjoy my current job but i think it may change because of certain person leaving. i suggest going with what you are passionate about if you like international then stick with that and focus on that at least that is what I'm gonna try to do. i enjoy Italian cuisine because of its similarity to my own home country's cuisine(simple ingredients, few ingredients that make great dishes and family type enviroment) and sooon as i graduate I'm focusing on working alot closer to my father to teach me the national dishes and other dishes. and hopefully visit my aunts in Israel to show me what they havew to teach me.  good luck with everything and best of luck to you.
Joined Mar 30, 2010
I took off and went to England for six years. The experience I gained there was invaluable to me not only as a chef, but also as a person.
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Joined May 4, 2010
i lived in london for 6 years and the experience was invaluable in so many ways i can't even start. for those of you Americans with any chance of spending time OUTSIDE the USA, please do so, even for a few months it will help you no matter what your trade, etc.

The USA lives in a bubble that really prohibits many aspects of self-awareness and appreciation for what is going on in the larger world, which is too often way ahead of us in the US. Especially true for the last decade and leaning more in that direction as the US gets more draconian and closed-minded in the face of 9/11, fear of immigration, etc.

Not saying America hasn't got anything to offer, it most certainly does - just that getting outside of the country for a bit and putting yourself in the shoes of people outside the US really wakes you up and invigorates the soul and perspective.

Gives you ideas you'll never get in the hood or the barrio too.
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