career change

Navigate a career transition into the culinary industry! Uncover real-world stories, advice, and resources for individuals looking to make a transformative pivot to pursue their passion.

Value of Culinary Education 14 min read

What Are the Different Chef Certifications?

Cooks and chefs can obtain numerous chef certifications. Here are some of the most popular options.

October 3, 2022
Boulder Student Life 11 min read

Boulder Student Chris Marhevka Blends Social Work and Culinary Arts

Follow associate degree student Chris Marhevka as shifts his boundless energy from social work to culinary arts on Escoffier’s Boulder campus.

September 28, 2022
Health & Wellness Careers 7 min read

What Does a Holistic Health Practitioner Do?

Learn everything you need to know about the roles and responsibilities of a holistic health practitioner.

September 19, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 9 min read

The Difference Between a Professional Cook and a Chef

Curious about the main differences between a professional chef and cook? Here are the key distinctions between each of these important kitchen roles!

September 14, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 10 min read

What Culinary Training Do You Need for a Professional Cooking Career?

Culinary training is a long-term endeavor that starts with safety and sanitation, knife skills, flavors, and cooking techniques. Start at culinary school!

September 12, 2022
Hospitality Careers 7 min read

Careers a Hospitality & Restaurant Operations Management Degree Can Prepare You For

Discover thousands of careers you can pursue now with a Hospitality & Restaurant Operations Management degree from Escoffier!

August 29, 2022
Value of Culinary Education 11 min read

Is Culinary School a Waste of Money?

Education in creative pursuits might sometimes seem like a “waste of money.” Learn how culinary school can be a good investment.

August 11, 2022
World of Food & Drink 8 min read

The Future of Culinary Education Is Here: This Is What It Looks Like

As the world changes, so does culinary school. Here’s what the future of culinary education might have in store.

August 4, 2022
Health & Wellness Careers 6 min read

How to Start a Career in Holistic Health

Find out how to start a career in holistic health, whether your interests lie in health coaching, holistic nutrition, or even acupuncture.

July 26, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 9 min read

What Chefs Look For When Hiring Culinary School Graduates

Before you begin a professional cooking career, learn about what chefs may look for when hiring culinary school graduates.

July 18, 2022

Why Earn an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts?

If you’re interested in a culinary career, an associate degree in the culinary arts could be a great starting point. We explain why.

July 15, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 5 min read

Starting a Career as a Garde-Manger

If you’re passionate about appetizers and desserts you may be interested in starting a career as a Garde-Manger. Learn more about this important position.

June 27, 2022
Baking & Pastry Arts 10 min read

What Is It Like to Be a Pastry Chef?

Find out what it takes to work in a bakery or pastry department. What is it really like to be a pastry chef, and how can you get started?

June 22, 2022
Value of Culinary Education 10 min read

Why Older Students Should Consider Culinary School

While some people think culinary school is for younger students, there isn’t an age limit! Here’s why older students can excel in culinary school.

June 21, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 10 min read

How to Become a Food Photographer

If you’re as happy behind a camera as you are in the kitchen, you may want to explore how to become a food photographer.

June 16, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 11 min read

How to Become a Baker

Learn the five steps for how to become a baker, and find out how pastry school may help make that journey a little easier.

April 27, 2022
Value of Culinary Education 11 min read

Culinary School Pros and Cons: How to Decide If It’s For You

Is culinary school worth it? Let’s explore the advantages and downsides of getting a culinary degree or diploma.

April 26, 2022
Baking & Pastry Arts 8 min read

Are The Baking and Pastry Arts a Career For You?

Learn about the baking and pastry arts and find out if you’re the type to thrive in this detail-oriented industry.

April 25, 2022
Culinary Arts 18 min read

What Are The Culinary Arts?

What does the term “culinary arts” mean? We’re breaking it down — from definitions to careers to education... plus, how to know if it’s right for you.

April 22, 2022
Value of Culinary Education 10 min read

Culinary School vs. Working in a Kitchen: Which Should You Do First?

If you’re unsure whether you should get your culinary degree, let’s look at some reasons to attend culinary school – and some reasons to work in a kitchen.

April 20, 2022
Health & Wellness Careers 7 min read

How to Become a Holistic Nutritionist

Learn how to become a holistic nutritionist and break into this $4.5 trillion wellness industry! Help your clients improve their physical and mental health.

April 15, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 8 min read

What Does a Chef Consultant Do?

Chef consultants are valuable resources for coaching and advising restaurant owners and managers. What is a chef consultant, exactly? Let’s explore this role.

March 13, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 10 min read

What It Takes To Be An Executive Chef

Think you’ve got what it takes to be an executive chef? Find out how you can set yourself up for success in your culinary career.

March 8, 2022
Financing Your Education 6 min read

How Much Does It Cost to Become a Nutritionist?

Find out how much it may cost you to pursue a career as a nutritionist. The state where you plan to practice may have a big impact on your costs!

March 5, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 10 min read

Kitchen Hierarchy Explained: Different Jobs in the Brigade de Cuisine

The brigade de cuisine keeps a kitchen running like a well-oiled machine. What are some of the roles on this team and what do they entail?

March 4, 2022

Can You Become a Chef Without Going to Culinary School?

The path to becoming a chef doesn’t look the same for everyone. Find out where culinary school fits in and why you don’t want to skip this important step.

February 28, 2022

Can You Go to Culinary School With No Prior Experience?

Going to culinary school with no experience is daunting. Find out what you’ll be expected to know—or not know—before your first day in the kitchen classroom.

February 9, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 11 min read

How to Start a Career as a Chef Instructor

Learn the steps to becoming a Chef Instructor. Pass on your skills and knowledge, and provide mentorship to the next generation of chefs!

January 31, 2022
Baking & Pastry Arts 7 min read

Pastry Chef vs. Baker: What’s the Difference?

Bakers and pastry chefs begin with a similar skill set. But each goes on to specialize in a different branch of the baking world. Learn the difference!

January 27, 2022
Baking & Pastry Arts 6 min read

How to Become a Chocolatier

Fancy a career as a chocolate expert? Find out how to become a chocolatier so you can master this sticky-yet-satisfying artistic medium.

January 21, 2022

Should I Go To Culinary School? A Guide For Deciding

You can’t answer “Should I go to culinary school” until you’ve answered some other questions first. Use this worksheet to help you think it through.

January 5, 2022
Baking & Pastry Arts 7 min read

How Much Do Pastry Chefs Make?

Before you leap into a new career in the baking or pastry arts, what are the salary prospects? And what are the variables that impact those wages?

December 16, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Vocational School: Is It Right For You?

Considering a vocational school? Here’s what you need to know and what to ask yourself as you make this important decision about your future.

October 20, 2021
Culinary & Pastry Careers 8 min read

Top Remote Culinary Careers

Culinary careers aren’t limited to restaurant kitchens! Learn more about remote culinary jobs that provide a food-focused, flexible work environment.

October 8, 2021

How Much Education Do You Need to Be a Chef?

With so many different paths to becoming a chef, how much education do you actually need? Find out the truth about what you need to know, and how you can learn it.

July 30, 2021
Hospitality Careers 6 min read

16 Careers in Hospitality Management You Can Pursue

Navigate your career in hospitality management. Start with a degree in Hospitality Restaurant Operations Management to find your ideal path.

July 23, 2021
Culinary & Pastry Careers 7 min read

How Older Workers Can Change Careers and Enter the Culinary Industry

Older adults have different challenges and obligations than young ones. Here’s how they can get started in a new career in the culinary industry.

July 12, 2021

Job or School: Why Not Both?

Culinarians debating between getting a culinary job or a professional chef’s education shouldn’t choose one—they should choose both. Here’s why, and how it can be done.

July 1, 2021
Food Entrepreneurship 10 min read

Veteran Lance McWhorter Finds a Home in the Kitchen After His Military Service

Army and Navy veteran Lance McWhorter shares his successful journey from military to contractor to executive chef & restaurant owner. Get inspired!

May 31, 2021
Food Entrepreneurship 11 min read

Escoffier Graduate Talks About Going Plant-Based — in Culinary School and in Life

Meet plant-based chef, entrepreneur, and Escoffier graduate Shane Witters Hicks, and get his advice for vegetarian students attending culinary school.

May 26, 2021
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