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I am a bonified certified chef (graduated and gotten a degree) 4 12.50%
I am a chef by trade but did not get a certificate/degree 5 15.63%
I am in culinary school 1 3.13%
I would love to go to culinary school 13 40.63%
I am too old to go to culinary school but I wish I would have 5 15.63%
What's culinary school? 4 12.50%
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Old 09-19-2006, 04:22 PM   #21
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I would love to go to Culinary School but at the moment I am busy re-decorating.

There is a College very close to where I live and I might take a ride over there to see what they offer in the way of cooking.

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Old 09-19-2006, 05:07 PM   #22
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Based on years in the industry, and the level my company and similar companies place me at, I am an executive chef. I worked my way up the ladder over a period of 10 years.
There are times when I feel like a sham because I don't have the 'pedigree' that some places demand. Then I produce an event, getting on the line with the guys, that looks and tastes like any 5 star joint and I am satisfied I have earned the title.
It's about confidence and humility at the same time.
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:40 PM   #23
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I'm just an ethusiastic amateur cook (note: not a chef!). I've been on lots of cookery courses, in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, eg France, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Some of the courses have been one or two days - a few have been for a week or two and one was for a month or six weeks (Cordon Bleu, Paris and the only one that gave me a certificate!) I have enjoyed them all - many with well known chefs such as Anton Mosimann, JeanCristoph Novelli, Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc and others - some just talented local cooks - for instance in Florence.

I also helped out a friend who had a business in London catering for business lunches at large companies in the City and also private dinner parties in the posher areas of town. It was hard work, and I only did it for about 6 months as it was not my 'day' job.

BUT, I know that I would NEVER wish to be a professional cook. I'm a red-haired, short-tempered Scot... If ANYONE had the temerity to complain about my food, I'd be hard-pressed not to explode... a bit like Gordon Ramsay (another Scot) who famously threw one of the UK's better-known food critics, A A Gill out of a restaurant with his dining companions, including Joan Collins.... and all Gill had done was WRITE a poor review of one of Ramsay's restaurants!

No, cooking for friends and family suits me fine
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:02 PM   #24
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I couldn't have said it better!!
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:15 PM   #25
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I did not put the "C" in Chef. I just like to cook and eat and have people over to eat what I cook. We play lots of music, have some drinks and also dessert, and talk about other stuff we would like to eat next time, or politics (or not).

It's a pretty good time.
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:33 PM   #26
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After watching food TV for 3 plus years, I should be certified. It would have been nice to go to culinary school if I would have discovered my passion for cooking earlier. And I believe that we're never too old to attend school and gain a bit more wisdom and fulfull our dreams.
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:55 PM   #27
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Elf, Run Out and TexasGirl - did you feel sorry that no one had voted on the "What's Culinary School" option? Or do you really not know?
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:01 AM   #28
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I did not put the "C" in Chef. I just like to cook and eat and have people over to eat what I cook. We play lots of music, have some drinks and also dessert, and talk about other stuff we would like to eat next time, or politics (or not).

It's a pretty good time.
and, at the end of the day, isn't that what it's really all about???? "The Joy of Cooking" is much more than just the name of a well known cookbook, imo
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