pastry before entrees/regular cooking?

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i've been a mixologist/bartender for many years. now that i have time i'd like to get into cooking! would you advise and recommend me to start with pastries first or just go straight to normal dishes?? 
 
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Start with knife technique and general prep -- including portioning protein.  Then hot pan and basic saucing.  Chances are that a huge percentage of what you serve will involve both knife prep and a pan.  In other words, learn the basics of cooking before you get into specialization. 

However, if you have a special interest in baking by all means scratch the itch. You don't need to know how to make a mignonette to bake a loaf of pumpernickel.

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If you go to a quality culinary school, you will get culinary program with an introduction to baking and a baking program with an introduction to culinary basics.
 

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