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I am setting my vision on going to college because I want to be a chef getting paid more money for my skill. What colleges would you suggest and how to I plan my academic and elective courses to get there?

I'm in the 7th grade and I learned cooking my own foods is healthier.

#chef is good :3

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Jenny’s Answer

Hi Justin,

Check out the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA). https://www.ciachef.edu/

I'm not a chef but have a friend who attended did her degree there to be a pastry chef. What cuisine are you interested in? What draws you to be a chef?

Cheers
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caleb’s Answer

Hello Justin.

I started in kitchens at about your age, and in 21 years I have seen 2 paths (that can each split many different ways) 1. Get a ton of on-the-job experience, just go the first restaurant that will let you in, and work your tail off. Every time you change jobs try and make the next restaurant different a style, a higher level, or both. Eventually you will see whether or not you have the necessary bits to be a working chef. 2. Go to school, get a degree, and see from there. There are a few really great culinary school options, but if possible you need to supplement that with working in a real restaurant in any spare time you may have, as the 'restaurants' that many schools run are close but not quite the same thing. Speaking from experience, many chefs will hire someone with some kitchens on their resumes and no degree over someone with just a degree, no matter what school its from.

Its a hard, hard life that can be amazing, and rewarding. Only time can really tell if its right for you or not. Best of luck
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