With so many cooking and baking shows on television right now (and many even to the point of competitions), there is no doubt that this has got to be one of the most in-demand professions. What’s more children as young as three years old are now aspiring to be the next baking or pastry chef or ogling for a career in the culinary arts.
But with so many different institutions ever present, how do you choose which baking and pastry school should you attend? What do you look for in a school?
Looking for a Baking School
Here are some tips and advice to get you started.
- Know what you want after graduation. Do you want to open a baking business or a catering business? Or do you also want to open you own baking and pastry school? By knowing what you want you can limit your choices to schools that have these specialties.
- Find out what’s most important to you when looking for the school. Is it the location, the nearness or farness of it? Or does it have something to do with the fees and length of program or class schedule? How about the classroom setting or the school’s faculty and reputation? Here are other things you might consider: schools contact, job placement and internship, class size, entry requirements and financial aid.
- Do list schools that you fancy. Once you are done determining what you want then you can list down the schools that you want. Research on the internet if possible and know their programs and what best suits your needs. Talk to the school representative if possible and ask him questions. Then narrow down your choices to the things you desire in a school. Maybe a school is too far, too expensive – eliminate those things.
- Once you have narrowed down your choices, visit the schools to get a feel of what it’s like to study there. Observe the teachers and students and see if the classroom setting in that baking and pastry school is just right for you.
- Once you have done visiting the schools, you can narrow it down even more to your top choices’ pick. Send the application forms and make sure that it’s neat and provide them with all the answers they want. If however you have questions about the application process, pick up the phone and call them right away.
- Once you have been notified of your acceptance, then you can now choose which school works best for you. This is supposed to be easy as you already got the feel of the atmosphere and the classroom setting.
Accreditation and Requirements
When choosing a school, look whether it is ACF accredited or American Culinary Federation accredited. When the school is approved in this manner then you will be assured that the school and setting, curriculum and requirements have a high standard and highly approved.
The requirement, of course, should include your desire and want to study baking and pastry. Not much on college diploma as long as you have the money for it since it gets really expensive.
So choose a baking and pastry school wisely. Your future depends on this.