Just had to figure out how to do it on my own!! Most real chefs have gone through the ropes the hard way and think culinary chools are a joke( I agree on hindsight). Once I got all that figured out, I just started from scratch and swore I woulnt do the line chef stuff again!Line chefs are cool and rock totally but thats just the start!!
Now I am starting to get confused. I have always been told that if you have a degree, chances are you have a better time getting a job than a person who does not have a degree. This is the first time I have heard the statement that someone can't get a good culinary job simply because they attended culinary school. Isn't culinary school supposed to help you climb the culinary ladder a little? I myself am considering going to culinary school next year. In my experience, I have noticed that those who have schooling and degrees have a better time (not all the time, though; it's just about like 90% of the time) getting a decent job than those who do not.
More than likely the people that told you that you were going to get a better job if you went to culinary school are the people that work for culinary schools. Im not saying you wont get a better job,but dont get your hopes up too high!
I agree. Almost. Most cooks have come through the ranks and have cultivated their talents by using their resources like reading immense amounts and talking/working with others (like here!). There is something to be said for on-the-job training - if there is a clear mission. To merely job jump will limit what can be learned. However, if you have a goal and know the road to work towards that goal, then school may not always be necessary. That said, there some things in school (notice I say school rather than specifically cooking school) that is necessary to elevate yourself into managerial ranks, for instance. Accounting principals and math play a huge role in successful kitchen operations, as do effective communications (written & verbal). Especially important, if you enter the corporate world or larger, formula operations will be the ability to conduct business, rather than merely cooking. Just my thoughts.