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Culinary Schools in Hawaii

Honolulu may be the good place to get a culinary education in Hawaii, but the entire state is filled with island food culture that is unmatched by anything else in the United States. Gaining a degree here would provide a window of opportunities for your work in the future as you can get a direct influence from the environment. Hawaii offers traditional degree programs, as well as some that are entirely available online so that you can get a degree right from home.

You have to consider what kind of institute to attend when you’re looking at a culinary education. The first option that you have is to go to a vocational school where you may train for one year to work in a restaurant. The positions that a certificate from such a school may offer are limited, but nevertheless they do exist. For a slightly more advanced option you can look into a two year degree program where you may be exposed to some management concepts. The good education that you can get though is in a four year program. There you may learn just what it takes to run a restaurant in its entirety.

Tips for Choosing a Culinary School

When you’re faced with a tough decision about which school to go to, first consider the knowledge of the staff. Remember that what they know will be what they teach, so the more experience they have the better. You might also want to consider the realistic nature of the student kitchens you’ll be working in so that you are best prepared for work in the field. There is also the thought of scholarships available through the school. Proper financial aid will be a vital component to your overall success.

Learning the Local Food Culture

Since Hawaii is full of great culture, you should take the opportunities that you get to really develop an understanding of the people and their habits. Go to some of the little restaurants in the area to get a taste of what real Hawaiian cooking is. You might also think about checking out some food festivals around so you can get a mixture of different cultures. Here are some you might look into while in college:

  • Kona Chocolate Festival – Kailua-Kona
  • Waikiki Spam Jam – Waikiki
  • Dolphin Days – Maui
  • Molokai Business Fair and Food Festival – Molokai
  • Maui Onion Festival – Maui

How to become a certified chef

One of the good things you can do for yourself is to get involved in an association for food in your area. There are a lot of organizations to choose from, and they may provide scholarships, internships, or job postings that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics annual mean wages of chefs and head cooks in May 2011 was $52,700. Maintaining a solid education and a drive to succeed will only lead to good things in the culinary world.

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