Reflections on Culinary School
Oy! I can already tell that this is going to be a long one. Brace yourself.
I have been avoiding this post for a very (emphasis on very) long time. More than a year to be exact. As contradictory as it sounds, it is actually a topic that I’ve wanted to write about for a long time. With that said, culinary school is a hot button subject in the food world. It elicits very strong reactions (good, bad, and everything in between). In many ways, I have avoided discussing it for fear that what I might say could be taken the wrong way.
By my readers, by my culinary school instructors, by chefs that I’ve worked under, those who currently attend, have attended or have ever thought about attending culinary school, and my colleagues and friends in the industry.
I also have this thing where I tend to overanalyze everything in life–working on it–so there’s that too. BUT, with that said, culinary school is a fascinating subject. People want to know more about it! What is it like? Why did you decide to go?
And, the ultimate question, is it worth it?
That is the question that people always come back to.
Is culinary school worth it? If you went back in time, would you do it all over again?
I’ve gotten a lot of emails over the last year that have asked me this very question. I love, love, love getting these emails and always reply back with the equivalent of a short novel.
If you haven’t noticed already, I’m kinda wordy.
So when I asked you guys for reassurance on Facebook the other week as to whether or not I should share some of these reflections on the blog–and so many of you responded back with enthusiasm, I decided to stop thinking about doing this and actually DO it! Why is that so hard sometimes? Anyway…this is me doing it.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a small series of posts all about culinary school. I’ll be sharing everything (even the gritty, not-so-nice stuff!) from my thoughts about culinary school, what it was like to work as a line cook, an update on what I am doing now, and whether or not I would choose to do it all over again.
My goal with these posts is to be as transparent as possible. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this right. That is super duper (did I just write that?) important to me. Not only do I want these posts to be a helpful resource for those thinking about heading down this path, but I also want them to be a true representation of my experiences over the past two years.
And if none of this applies to you directly at all? Well, here’s hoping you’ll at least find them fun and interesting to read! [Also, don’t worry, I’ll still be posting regular recipe posts along with this series!]
Back tomorrow with the first installment! What did I tell you? W-O-R-D-Y.
19 Comments on “Reflections on Culinary School”
Ooo can’t wait for this. I’ve been thinking about going to culinary school forever… Still haven’t done it but it’s high on my list of things I want to do…
YESSSS!!! I’m so excited! I don’t think I will ever go to culinary school, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it extensively! I can’t wait to hear about your experience.
I totally know what you mean! Thanks Joanne! I’m excited that you’re excited! 🙂
Will be waiting for a picture of me in this little series here! JK can’t wait to read!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to read this series!!! I’m so excited you’re doing this and to read your thoughts on culinary school. I’ve always wished that I talked more about my experiences during culinary school on the blog, so I’m really happy you’re doing it 🙂
You should definitely talk about it on the blog (if you want to, of course!)–I love hearing about other people’s experiences and I really think people don’t talk about it enough (or people that have actually gone through it)! Thanks Kelli!
Looking forward to this! Though I know I couldn’t hack it in the culinary world myself, I love “behind kitchen doors” stories and adored Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef — and anything in that vein, really. I’m wordy, too, and words are awesome. 🙂 So don’t even sweat it. Can’t wait!
Haha! I love reading those books too–I constantly doubt my ability to hack it in the culinary world (and do not consider myself a chef by any means), so I totally feel you. Thanks Meg!
Can’t wait to hear all about it Laura! I wanted to go to culinary school my whole life, and then I got to college, and decided against it. Sometimes I still wonder if I should have just gone for it! Looking forward to hearing about culinary school through your experiences.
Culinary school was always something that crossed my mind–even as a kid growing up! I still can’t believe I actually went through the experience sometimes, it went by so fast!
So excited to hear more! 🙂
Thanks Tieghan! 🙂
So looking forward to these posts, Laura!
Thank you, thank you Steph!
Not ever having gone to culinary school, I’m terribly fascinated by it!
L, I just admire your passion – for food, for people, for life. And don’t worry about being W-O-R-D-Y, I’m sure that’s part of the reason why your readers love you!
Have a good one!
You are SO sweet and kind. Thank you so much! It means so much to me that you’ve stuck around for so long 🙂