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Arizona Culinary Schools

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Culinary Schools in Arizona

Phoenix and Scottsdale are the premiere places to be if you want to get a culinary education in Arizona. There you can find several different institutes to attend, as well as a thriving food culture and pleasant people to work with. If those cities do not suit your liking or schedule though, you can always choose to attend an online university where you will get the same form of training right from your own home.

There are different levels of training that you may go through, and each one will dictate the kind of career you achieve later on in life. You may go to a simple vocational school where you will be offered a certificate for basic training at an entry-level. For a slightly more advanced diploma, you can go for a community college and learn the basics about restaurant management. For the truly business minded students out there, some colleges provide a look into the organization, management and profit sides of the food industry so you could successfully run your own business in due time.

Tips for Choosing a Culinary School

When looking at a culinary school to attend, there are several things to consider. Look at the credentials of the people you will be learning from and see if they have an adequate background to properly educate you. Seek out a campus with student-run restaurants so that you might gain direct experience in the field. You may also want to look into places that offer internship and apprenticeship opportunities so that you can have a leg up when it comes time to look for a job. Good scholarship programs may also benefit you.

Learning the Local Food Culture

To properly cook in an area, you need to understand the food culture there. Arizona has an array of flavors and influences flowing throughout the state, and it is your job to research what people like and need. In doing this, you will gain a better understanding of how to prepare food in the area, and you might be able to come up with some unique styles all your own. When you’re studying in Arizona, look at some of these culinary events:

  • Great Arizona Beer Festival – Tempe
  • Festival of the West – Phoenix
  • Scottsdale Culinary Festival – Scottsdale
  • Corks and Chords – Scottsdale
  • Arizona Irish Festival – Phoenix

How to become a certified chef

There are several things you can do during your time in college to get a job after graduation. Going through an internship early on may allow you to get a job right when you get out. This may also give you experience that you need to be better acclimated in the field. Look into local associations as well to see if you can get a hold of job postings and scholarships during your time at school.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics annual mean wages of chefs and head cooks in May 2011 was $46,440.

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