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Culinary Schools in Arkansas

If you are looking at getting some sort of culinary arts degree in Arkansas, chances are Little Rock is going to be your choice. It offers the good institute in the state, though there are programs available at many community colleges and vocational schools in the area. If you want to go to school but do not feel like a traditional program will suit you, you can always opt for an online program which will allow you to study right in the comfort of your own home.

To determine what kind of degree you want, you should understand your options. A four-year school is going to offer the most information you can get and will train you to work in the upper level areas of restaurant management. A two year college may tap into the same concepts, but the shortened time will mean less knowledge and lower positions upon graduation. For simple entry-level work, a certificate from a one year vocational program should suffice.

Tips for Choosing a Culinary School

There are many things you need to look at when picking the culinary school that’s right for you. One of the most significant things is going to be the knowledge of the staff that runs the institute. What they know is what you’ll be taught, so you want to be sure that you study under the best of the best. Beyond that, you should check out the facilities of the university to determine how well-equipped they are to teach you. Look at their student kitchens specifically.

Learning the Local Food Culture

A successful career only comes from a little background work. You should immerse yourself in the culinary culture of the area so that you have a better understanding of what real people want to eat around you. There are several ways to do this. One is to go to local restaurants and take a sample of what is offered. Another is to eat at the homes of some local residents to see the kinds of Arkansas traditions that have been passed down. Maybe the best thing of all would be to attend a local food festival though as that will give you a greater understanding of the array of cultures in the area. Here are some good ones to look into:

  • Gumbo Fest Cook-Off – West Memphis
  • World Famous Armadillo Festival – Hamburg
  • Picklefest – Atkins
  • Watermelon Festivals – Cave City, Hope
  • AHA Convention and Tradeshow – Little Rock

How to become a certified chef

After you go to school, you’ll obviously want to get a job. One of the well known way to do that is to get into an internship early in your education so that you might get an actual position with the company you learn through. You might also want to look at getting involved with a culinary association within your area because they might offer job lists and scholarships that you cannot find anywhere else.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics annual mean wages of chefs and head cooks in May 2011 was $46,070. Seek a good education to ensure that you earn as much as possible.

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