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How to Survive Culinary School

Andrew Garrison | Chef's Blade

Keep Your “Extracurricular Activities” Under Control

I made a lot of great friends in school, but a lot of them came into class most mornings looking like they got hit by a truck and smelling like they slept in the bottom of a bottle of tequila. I was certainly guilty of that a few times but I always tried to bring my A-game. Industry people are notoriously hard partying people, so if that’s your thing, just try to wait until after graduation before you go nuts. It’s part of professionalism: There’s a time and a place for partying, and, if there’s one time in your life that you should be stone-cold sober, it’s during school. If you don’t have solid skills, you may never get your foot in the door in the first place.

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