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Old 01-18-2008, 10:52 AM   #11
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SaMMi xx, it was just a job for spending money mostly on the weekends with an occasional day during the week. He really had no idea of what he wanted to study after high school and just took the occasional course at the local community college before settling into a computer analyst program. But upon completion of his degree he found he enjoyed the cooking more than messing with computers.

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:37 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by ChefJune View Post
Many culinary schools will not accept an applicant who has not spent at least 6 months in the back of the house. It's a good policy, because school alone will not give you the tru picture of life in the kitchen.

I would recommend two books: "Becoming a Chef" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, and "The Making of a Chef" by Michael Ruhlmann.

"Soul of a Chef" by Ruhlman is also good, although "Making of" is indeed a little more applicable.

Anyway, yeah, get 6-12 months kitchen experience somewhere and then take yourself to school.

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