Studying Business vs Culinary School

Discussion in 'General Culinary School Discussions' started by paul297, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. paul297

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    Hey guys, I've seen some people suggest doing a degree in business while working in kitchens for experience instead of attending culinary school. For me, this would be a cheaper option because i could attend the university in my state rather than pay for a private culinary school in another state. Can you guys think of pros and cons for going this route?
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    Paul
     
  2. jimyra

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    This would be a good plan. Find a chef who will mentor you as you go to school. A chef who understands you are training and not just filling a position. Then explain to your advisor what you are doing so you can take courses that will help you run a kitchen or business. Good Luck!
     
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  3. halb

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    Excellent idea! There are lots of chefs that can cook but few that can run a business.
     
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    Sounds like a very good idea. Just make sure you can balance the hours needed for study and work without burning out.
     
  5. cstanford

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    And who are you going to leave your culinary education up to, whoever happens to hire you? You could float around for years working for hack after hack having wasted a whole lot of time. Yes, you can teach yourself a lot, but you can't teach yourself what a dish or a preparation is supposed to taste like, and the idjit you're working for might not know either. Most don't. If might look good on the plate but be a total abomination in the mouth. A lot of people who think they can cook would be better off as food stylists/photographers.