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The Dont's of Culinary Arts Schools

Before you take a decision about joining in one of the culinary arts schools, you should not only consider the positive points about those schools but also bear in mind the factors that could pose financial problems, affect your career prospects and even have limitations in providing you the required skill and knowledge in culinary arts. Some of the negative factors in choosing culinary arts schools are furnished here so that you are able to take the necessary precautions in avoiding the wrong schools.

The Don’ts in Selection of Culinary Arts Schools

The culinary schools that would be suitable in your opinion to enhance your career prospects might have high reputation but you should not proceed by past reputation alone. You should make enquiries about the present team of faculty. You should ensure that the culinary school instructors hold formal degrees, possess wide industry experience, and are certified by the American Culinary Federation or ACF to teach culinary arts. You should also find out how many members of the faculty had been master chefs in reputed hotels or restaurants or had run large kitchens. Only such persons would be able to impart you the necessary skills and subtle nuances in the delicate field of culinary arts.

You should also probe about the specialization fields of the faculty members. If you are planning to pursue a culinary career as an expert in Asian cuisine, the instructors of the culinary arts schools considered by you should have ample knowledge and experience in the cooking methods of Asian cuisine. Otherwise, you would be wasting your time, money, and energy.

Another important factor is the lack of practical kitchen sessions. Fully classroom oriented or lecture hall model type of culinary arts schools would not be able to provide you with the practical experience which is vital in the culinary arts study and excellence. In real-world restaurant environments, speed of delivery, sudden changes in menus, and taste as well as dexterity in food presentation are highly essential. Unless you are able to train yourself with hands-on experience in kitchens in the culinary schools, you would not be able to become proficient in such matters. The practical sessions in the schools should match the environment existing in professional settings.

The number of students per class also makes a huge difference. An ideal classroom in does not have more than 15 students for each course. Only then the instructor is capable of providing personal attention to each student, correct the mistakes and enhance the inherent skills of the students. Find out about this before enrolling in programs of culinary arts schools.

Another vital factor is the ability of the culinary schools to help you in obtaining a decent job after the completion of the program. Many reputed schools stop with awarding the certificate and make no effort at all in assisting the students in their career pursuits. It is necessary that you request for information on the graduation rates, levels of job placements, and success of past alumni in their respective fields of specialization. If the culinary schools that you approach are not able to provide these statistics, it is better to avoid them.

Do's in Finding the Best Culinary Arts Schools

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