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message posted 24-Aug-10 14:11:15
Hello, completely new to this site but I really needed feedback as to what exactly I should be looking at educational-wise. I'm only 19 and dropped out after my second year of my 4 year university when I realized that I was only happy in the kitchen.
This summer I was lucky enough to land a great opportunity working as the morning baker at a well known bakery.
I applied to a (admittedly expensive) culinary school and thought I hit the jackpot when I was offered a full ride. A few months later I find out it was a mistake email, not meant for me. At this point I'm completely lost as to the next step. I have a well paying baking job at which I continue gaining experience, but no education.
Now i'm filled with fear at the thought of paying $70 grand and being stuck with little knowledge, a minimum wage job, and a sufficient amount of debt.
So, it is worth it to go and get an associates or bachelors degree? Or is it sufficient to go out and grab a three month certificate and see what I can do with it? Any thoughts or ideas are well appreciated!
Kitchen Bitch
Kitchen Bitch
message posted 28-Aug-10 07:11:20

Ok this is the way I see it.

You are lucky enough to have found a well paying job you love !
The problem it seems is that you are worried about a qualification.

The greatest chefs, pattisiers have no qualifications !

Experience Brittany is education, in europe master bakers do not take classes, they take an apprenticeship, basically learn on the job. I assume that you could not take three months off to go on this course ?. How much annual leave do you have. Lets round it off to 30 days. Why not do some research and find some of the best bakers in the states, I can think of the French Laundry (restaurant in the states) and there are hundreds in europe. Send them letters asking to work in their kitchen for free for your annual leave.

This will give your resume kudos with their reference on it, it will give you addittional exposure and experience, plus you will still have a job and a paycheck.

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