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How to Get Started Studying Culinary Arts in Hollywood

September 1, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles 0 Comments

Training in the culinary arts can help you pursue a career in an industry that is growing every year. That means more opportunity for you as you advance up the culinary ladder. The National Restaurant Association estimates that sales in the food service and hospitality industry will reach over $565 million in 2009*. That represents a 2.5% increase over sales the previous year.

Becoming a California Chef

You have the passion and desire to become a California chef. Now you’ve got the numbers to show that it makes financial sense. So what’s the next step? The wise choice is to investigate opportunities for formal culinary training.

Before applying to a culinary school you will need to determine which one is right for you. But how do you know? The best way to find out is to do the research and ask yourself some very important questions. Do you want to stay near home or do you want to head off to a big city with a reputation for culinary excellence? What type of cooking interests you? Do you want to learn the basics of classical cooking and learn the rest as you go or would you rather concentrate on a particular regional cuisine or cooking style? Do you want to stay in the city where the school is located or will you be headed off to a more comfortable or exotic destination?

The answer to these questions will help you determine which school will be right for you. If you are small town at heart and want to learn the ins and outs of Creole cuisine, then heading off to Los Angeles or New York for culinary school may not be the wisest choice. If on the other hand you are fascinated with life in the big city and want to experiment with new trends and styles then a Hollywood culinary career may right for you.

Pursuing A Hollywood Culinary Career

Just a quick walk down Sunset Boulevard or Melrose Avenue gives you a quick glimpse into the vibrancy of Hollywood’s dining scene and nightlife. From sidewalk cafes to impossible to get into restaurants and nightclubs, there are few places that have this many culinary hot spots. Picture yourself putting on your toque in one of these fine kitchens and you’ll know that this is where you need to start pursuing your career.

This article is presented by The California School of Culinary Arts. The California School of Culinary Arts offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Los-Angeles for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. The California School of Culinary Arts does not guarantee employment or salary.

*From the National Restaurant Association - http://www.restaurant.org/research/ind_glance.cfm

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