As everyone is having a hot debate on the topic of culinary arts and schools whether they are efficient, worth the hype or not, I want to share my opinion on it. But before that, let us have a quick overview of what culinary school is and what kind of artistry they teach to their students.
A culinary school is an institute that teaches you the art of cooking so that the people having the potential of taking cooking as their profession can get the point of professional cooking. From making a main dish with the proper use of ingredients to the presentation of salads, its main focus is to make its students capable of knowing the art of culinary. Specifically, it teaches you and everything about cooking like any other art subject.
Although it has a strong base in society, if I share my point of view as a middle man, I see both of its pros and cons. It can advantageous and at the same time, it has its drawbacks as well.
Let us first know how a culinary school can be advantageous for the students who want to get enrolled in it. Although it may seem it won’t be of any advantage to put so much effort and money in seeking the art of culinary but if you look thoroughly, it is a useful and beneficial step to take.
Some of the pros of culinary schools mentioned below:.
Getting a certificate from a well-known culinary institute will prove to be a plus point when seeking a job in this field. The certificate will do nothing but will act as proof that you have well-defined know-how of cooking and being a chef is what you have learned school-wise, not by some luck and hunches
If I may ask our audience that what would they prefer while seeking for employees to give work to? then most of the answers will be professionalism. And that is what a culinary institute provides you with. If you want to pursue your career as a chef or baker, you need to be professional. With its accurate training and assignments, culinary schools provide the best facilities for shaping the talent of culinary artists into professionalism.
Give you experience
Getting yourself enrolled in a culinary school will give you a chance to gain experience while keeping up with your studies. That is what it provides through assignments and tests. Not only that, but they also hold contests to develop competition skills among students, and by that, they perform well and gain experience. Now think for yourself. You have a five-star restaurant and you need a chef. Which one will you prefer, an inexperienced one or the one with experience? I think the answer is said by not even saying it.
Boost your creativity
While taking assessments and assignments, students of culinary institutes are a chance to boost up their creativity level and work out of their shells. Rules and regulations are everywhere; still, an art institute keeps the margin of their students practicing what they want to. That is what arts is about, taking out your inner hidden artist and give it exposure. Culinary schools are best in doing that.
The culinary artist preferred for jobs
The students who graduate from an institute that has taught them everything related to culinary are preferred when seeking a job in the specified field over the person who just did an online course of it. Remember, an institute has its value.
A student who has learned every aspect related to culinary will speak up his worth. From the way he sees his work to the way he takes his work; he will surely leave a stronger impact. So, it is proved that being a culinary institute graduate is indeed impressive.
Start your own business as a chef
After having all the know-how of the culinary field, one can easily set up his own business and lead a restaurant or his cooking team. They can even give courses to other people and make a living easily.
As we look up at the advantages, let us put some light on its disadvantages as well:
It is way too expensive for the people who can’t afford much. Like, if you see a person having financial issues, you might consider it unapproachable, as if it is an elite class ritual that only they can perform. As a cooking school, its tuition fee is quite high in line with any prestigious university out there. Being expensive, it is not reachable to many people out there, and putting all your money just to learn something that you can probably learn online and all might be an unsure thing to do.
Courses that can learn online as well
Although they teach you professionally and make you confident in cooking and certify you in culinary arts, still I believe that it is something you can learn yourself too. This is the Era of the Internet and YouTube. If you are passionate about it, you can learn it by watching videos and using your kitchen appliances. Passion speaks for itself, even in dungeons.
No guarantee of job
You put your money into taking all the courses and you are still unsure whether you will get a job or not. It is one out of all institutes that might offer you good salary package jobs but not all of them guarantee it. So you cannot be sure whether you will get a good job after graduation from a culinary school or not.
I know that it is a valid point to get a certificate or a degree in a field you want to pursue your career in, but you are not confident whether it is worth it or not. You are just throwing darts in the dark. You are not sure, whether the amount you are investing in having those expensive culinary skills can pay back all the investments you made. And the answer is no.
My point of view
It is not like I am looking down on the beauty of cooking and, all it is just that. I believe you should take the risk if you can. If you think you can afford it, go for it. If you think you cannot afford it, then don’t take a risk. And rest assured that if you are passionate enough to be the future chef, you can nail it by self-teaching yourself.
I know it is an impressive tactic being a graduate from a culinary school giving off that professional vibe, but remember, you want to make a living and live your life, not impress the community.
Well, now it is up to you. If you love it and if you are a risk-taker, roll in. But if you are not confident enough financially or emotionally, you should think again.
While concluding this topic, all I want to say is that these are purely my thoughts. If I can give my words out, you can take your decisions as well.
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