Once you’ve qualified from cooking school, your new career could involve anything from opening a café to creating a worldwide empire like Gordon Ramsey’s. As someone about to embark on a major career change, the choice is yours – the only certainty is that some cookery schools are better than others and that your choice can hugely influence your future success. Like preparing a classic Zabaglione à la table, you only have one opportunity to get it right. Here’s how to ensure you don’t waste the opportunity.
Take your time choosing the cooking school which is right for you
When you plan a dinner party, you don’t rush the choice of wines. Equally, when planning a career change, you shouldn’t grab the first training opportunity you come across. Here’s how to approach the task of short listing cookery schools:
1.Research thoroughly (online and using other media).
2.Look for testimonials and positive reviews.
3.Ask around the industry (including specialist catering recruitment firms).
4.Create a short list of possible cooking schools.
5.Contact the school for a chat on the phone.
6.Arrange to visit them, especially if they invite you to come when they have a course running.
7.Talk to present and past students.
By taking this approach, you’ll soon find the school that matches your ambitions.
Why top cookery schools really can give you an edge?
Top schools give you an edge through a combination of great facilities, excellent teaching and a commitment to support their students into new careers. Look for the following:
– Clean, modern, professional kitchens
– Basic-to-advanced in a few weeks (look for two practical sessions each day)
– Experienced trainers who understand training and the catering business
– More than just kitchen skills – a good school of cooking builds life skills too
– Lots of satisfied students and great reviews
– Solid industry contacts (caterering and specialist recruiters)
– Courses slanted towards your career plans
Always look beyond (vital) culinary skills. The best schools offer a tailored approach to training, take a genuine interest in your ambitions and offer many career-boosting extras as standard!
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