I had a request at Asshole Consulting, the comments section of which had an actual chef chime in and (once again) confirm the Ole Captain was right.
I thought this would be of value for any of you or your children who are contemplating attending culinary school. And remember, if you love your children...heck...if you love yourself you will buy and read the book "Worthless" before you fools continue to propagate this higher education disaster.
Professional Chef here.
I'll be even more succinct than Clarey.
Your daughter sucks balls. What I mean is, 11 times out of 9 she will be
an extremely mediocre student, like most girls are, who will pay WAY
too much money for the eventual dog shit job she will get. Skewering
cherry tomatoes for some lame as catering company for $12/hr.
Most of my graduating class are not cooking anymore, they're fucking
selling life insurance, working retail, answering phones, or got knocked
up four seconds after graduation. That should tell you something.
The market is oversaturated with mediocre people with mediocre talent,
ideas, and contributions. Your daughter won't change that anytime soon.
Customers are fucking stupid. Nuke every food show on tv, THEN think
about opening a restaurant because food network et al have fucking
RUINED this industry. They want Iron Chef, for Dollar Menu prices.
Anthony Bourdain was a mediocre line cook and a junkie, stop worshipping
him. Good fucking riddance. SINGLE. WORST. RECRUITER. EVER. The amount
of lives i've seen ruined because people wanted to be this guy... Went
out like a 10 time junkie should too! Should've bet money on it!
Everything you see on tv is bullshit. Even the super high production
value shit with the slow motion capture, and people discussing their
philosophies... it's all bs and not worth the pathetic pay.
If your stubborn child and you aren't convinced...
If you still want to go to school (like a dumbass)
Read lots of cookbooks, preferably old ones, written by people who don't
have tv shows. Then get the expensive ones, all the french and spanish
dudes, Ducasse, Robuchon Torreblanca, Suas, Boulud, Migoya, Leroux, JF
Piege, Anne Sophie Pic, etc . Find the cheapest school you can find.
(I'd divulge where I went but I'd dox the fuck out of myself It wasn't
LCB) but it was pretty cheap. Take full advantage of the facilities.
First one in, last one to leave. Volunteer for every fucking thing that
comes up, dinners, parties, catering, do it all! Cook at home. Not BS,
like my classmates did, cook the shit you make in class. Then read more