What do you wish culinary schools would teach students?
- Patrick Sheerin
- Chicago, IL
I wish that culinary schools would first of all find away to create a better financial loan package for the students so they'd have the opportunity to focus on their craft-not getting financially squashed by huge banking companies. The next area is that students need to be drilled that it is culinary school, not chef's school. You do not walk out of school and head a kitchen, become a TV star or own a restaurant. culinary school is like pre-med, your 4 years after that are your residency. In school; please focus on basic techniques and fundamentals of cooking. Please include more whole animal butchery, not just how to open a portion pack. Knife skills, including how to care for your own knives!! There should also be an ethics course for students, so they are taught to work at least for a year for a chef, give a proper 2 weeks notice, what "yes chef" really means and ingrain in them the brigade system.
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- Melissa Trimmer
- Pastry Chef
- Le Cordon Bleu Chicago, Pastry Chef Instructor
- Chicago, Illinois
Instead of answering this right out, (which I can't due to my place of employment) I would pose another question, this one to chef instructors: what do you wish you were allowed to teach your stude... more »