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Top 5 Reasons to Earn a Culinary Diploma

August 28, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale 0 Comments

The culinary industry is an industry defined by talent, passion, drive, and creativity. Many working culinary professionals have pursued culinary degrees in order to help further their careers. Cooking schools in Phoenix, Scottsdale and other cities have produced some of the finest chefs working today. Many would agree that a culinary degree is one of the best ways of getting the experience necessary to pursue to dream of becoming a professional chef.

There are as many reasons to pursue a culinary degree as there are people pursuing them. And while your reasons may not be the same as anyone else’s you all have one thing in common: the passion for creating memorable culinary experiences. With your Scottsdale diploma in your hand, the culinary world is one of opportunity and creativity.

The various titles of “chef” generally apply to more advanced roles in a professional kitchen (for example, Sous Chef, Executive Chef). Graduates of a culinary arts training program should expect to pursue entry-level opportunities and should not expect to become chefs upon graduation but are encouraged to work toward becoming a chef throughout the course of their careers. Le Cordon Bleu does not guarantee employment or salary.

We have gathered a list of the top 5 reasons to pursue a culinary degree:

  • Connections and Networking
    Sometimes the most valuable things you can attain at a college or university are the connections you make while attending. These like-minded culinarians won’t just be friends, but they will be your future advisers, co-workers, employers, and employees.
  • Hands-On Training
    Students at nearly all culinary schools have the ability to study and practice their craft in cooking labs and on-site restaurants that stress fundamental cooking methodologies. This practical training is essential for students to learn from doing and not just from books and lectures. An Arizona baking degree is nothing without the in-kitchen experience necessary to master techniques and skills.
  • The World Is Your Oyster
    Want to cook at a casino in Monte Carlo? How about running a cruise ship kitchen staff 300 strong? Maybe you’d rather open an intimate French bistro in the town you and your family vacationed every summer. Whether you are looking for an Arizona chef job or want to see the world, a culinary degree provides you with the skills and information you need to pursue a career in almost any geographic locale open to you.
  • Career Options
    A culinary degree can help open many career fields to you. Whether you want to pursue a position as baker at a local Arizona baking school or try to become the next big celebrity chef on television, a culinary degree, mixed with the right skills and passion, can help you on your way.
  • Pursuing Your Passion
    You are interested in the culinary arts because you are creative and enjoy using your talents to create tasty and beautiful dishes for your friends and family. And while your mother may want you to go to the family alma mater and then on to law school, a culinary degree can help fuel your passions.

We’re sure that your list of the reasons to pursue a culinary degree is different than ours. But we’re also sure that pursuing a culinary degree could be a good way for you to pursue a career in this exciting industry.


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