Dear Culinary Student,
It is estimated more than 70,000 of you are currently enrolled in professional culinary schools nationwide. How can you stand out from the crowd? How can you find a fulfilling career that will engage all your abilities? What are the possibilities you will become the next celebrity chef?
You have as good or better a shot of reaching your goal as the next person.
Look around! Look in front of you. Look behind you. Look at someone on each side of you. There is no one quite like you. You are unique. Now all you have to do is go to school to learn why and how things work. Once you know the fundamentals, you can reach whatever goal you set for yourself.
Everyone starts from a different point and is bound for a different destination. You are not competing with everybody else who may be vying for the same job you are seeking. Your only competition is with yourself.
Your road is there waiting for you. You just have to find it. Your horizon is limited only by your ability to envision it.
Besides my personal favorite, FOOD JOBS: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers, one of the most popular resources is The Guide To Cooking Schools, compiled by ShawGuides. It lists more than 800 culinary programs worldwide, 358 of which are geared towards professional training. The courses are listed with such detailed information as: the type of instruction; faculty credentials; tuition costs; student profiles and status of accreditation. ShawGuides also offers a free job-matching site.
As I like to say, if you don’t ask for what you want, the chances of getting it are close to zero.