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Old 05-25-2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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Want to go to school for cooking and question

Not really sure if this belongs here since its not really off topic or jokes but i didnt know where else to put it.

Anyway i've been seriously thinking about going to school to learn cooking. I'm pretty ok but i would love to learn more professionally. I wouldnt be able to go for a couple of years since i have 3 boys under 5 and my youngest is 10mo. I'm a stay at home mom and wont be able to really go back to school until my youngest is atleast 3 or 4 but its really something i want to do.

For those of you who are sous chefs or chefs when did you start out? I'm 26 now and i'm guessing i'll be 30 before i get to go to school so i'm just wondering when everyone else started.



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Old 05-25-2008, 10:11 PM   #2
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Congratulations, debbie, on having a goal. My advice is to take the time before you "go to school" is to read, read, read and learn, learn, learn from anyone/everyone you can. DC is a great place to gain knowledge and ask questions. Practice those skills you read and learn about.

Yes, having small children will be a challenge but, if you have a partner who is supportive, you will make great strides.

Keep the faith and keep your dream.

"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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Hi Debbie:

sounds as tho you really do have your hands full right now! Three little boys are a joy and a lot of work!

Before you make any serious plans to go to culinary school, there are a couple of things you need to do and to consider.

1. What is it you want to do with that degree/skill after you attain it?

2. (but even more important) is that you need to work in a professional kitchen before you make the time and money commitment to culinary school. Cooking at home, even for large groups, is nothing like the pressure, heat, long hours of a professional kitchen. It is a proverbial pressure cooker.

If you have never cooked in a professional kitchen before, you may have to go in as a dish dog. That will still give you the perspective you need to know if this lifestyle is for you.
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