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How to Survive Culinary School

Andrew Garrison | Chef's Blade

Get a Kitchen Job While You’re in School.


Working in an actual kitchen will teach you things that <a href=‘http://chefsblade.monster.com/benefits/articles/1179-6-things-culinary-school-wont-teach-you">culinary school never could. Speed, accuracy, and efficiency is the key to a professional kitchen, and while your instructors in school may give you time limits, you’ll rarely (if ever) have to work at full speed. Landing a job while in school can be kind of tricky unless you have some prior restaurant experience, but your school’s student services can help you hopefully. Get an instructor to write you a letter of recommendation or mine them for contacts and job leads. This is where being a noticeably driven student helps out. An instructor isn’t going to send students to a friend’s restaurant unless that instructor has faith in that student.



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