What college will best benefit my culinary skills ?
I can only answer your question based on my experience in the Industry. Keep in mind that as you enter the workforce your Goals may change as you become aware of opportunities that you were never exposed to in the past. At 22, I was a college graduate holding a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Administration from Southern Miss, which has a great program. Nationally, most look to UNLV as the top HRA Program. Michigan State, Arizona State, Cornell and Colorado State are highly rated as well. It all depends on your interest in solely Culinary or the entire Restaurant Operation.
After I graduated, 10 days later I started as a Junior Manager in the Corporate Restaurant Game. I held the degree, and I was pretty young. Later in my career, I became a great deal more passionate about Back of the House Operations and Culinary in general. In retrospect, at 22, I was well positioned to obtain a degree from a Culinary School making myself much more Marketable in the Industry, but I did not go that direction.
With serviceable Culinary Skills and Knowledge, I now work with National Restaurant Chains and Colleges in Menu Item development, Product Yield Optimization and Data and Trend Utilization. My experience in Operations not only helps me speak the language it also taught me true Work Ethic. It is a tough job, but that passion we all have to create magic in this industry trumps everything else! Good luck!
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What an excellent opportunity to share some of my experience. If you have a
love for cooking, which is an ideal place to start. If you are looking to make cooking a career, it could be very challenging, but if you have your heart set on becoming a professional chef, schools do matter to have good opportunities in the field. I graduated from The Culinary Institute Of America, which is the best culinary school for anyone. Many Great chefs have gone to that school, and they always have very famous guess chefs. Another one is the French Culinary Institute of New York and Le Cordon Bleu. But the one with the most prestige is the CIA. Cooking could be a challenging career; be sure to do some research online. There is so much to do in the field of culinary besides cooking. But that all depends on your interest. Careers like food brokers and food entrepreneurship could lead you to a very monetary rewarding career as well. But there are so many to be mention here. Look under culinary occupations, and you will see food writers, sommeliers, and many others that are not directly in the Kitchen. I hope this gives you some idea of what direction you could take in the culinary world.