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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 8 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 10 min read

Are the Culinary Arts a Good Career Choice For You?

The culinary arts are a wonderful career, if you have the passion and enthusiasm. Discover who it’s right for, and who may not find it to be the best fit.

May 10, 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. The need for bakers is growing!

April 27, 2022
Value of Culinary Education 10 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 7 min read

What Are The Baking and Pastry Arts…and Is It 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 17 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 9 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 10 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
Culinary & Pastry Careers 7 min read

How to Become a Pastry Chef

Pastry chefs are specialty chefs who focus on pastries and desserts. They are bakers, decorators, and chemists. Here’s how to start a pastry career.

August 16, 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

How to Start a Career in Hospitality Management

Explore the wide world of hospitality management careers and how you can decide which path is right for you. Start with a degree in hospitality & restaurant operations management.

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
Culinary & Pastry Careers 8 min read

What Escoffier Chef Instructors Love Most About Their Jobs

Escoffier Chef Instructors share what lights them up in their culinary school jobs, from sharing their passion to providing mentorship and more.

May 14, 2021

Education: The Most Important Chef’s Tool

Setting yourself up for culinary success means taking advantage of every tool at your disposal. At top of the list is a high-quality culinary education!

May 12, 2021
Culinary & Pastry Careers 8 min read

How to Train as a Chef

Every chef’s story is a little different, but they all have these four things in common. Learn how to train as a chef and reach your culinary goals.

March 24, 2021
Culinary & Pastry Careers 6 min read

4 Traits All Restaurants Look for in Hiring New Chefs

What are the 4 traits restaurants look for when hiring new chefs? How can students learn these skills in culinary school?

February 11, 2021
Culinary & Pastry Careers 6 min read

Do You Eat Chaos for Breakfast? Great: You’ll Thrive in a Kitchen

Think you have what it takes to work in a commercial kitchen? Here’s how to know if you’ll thrive in this high-energy environment!

February 10, 2021

Why Culinary School is So Important For Networking and Career Building as a Chef

Networking for chefs is a career-long endeavor. But Escoffier students get a head start during culinary school. Here’s why that matters.

February 8, 2021
World of Food & Drink 5 min read

Is The Long-Term Chef Shortage Over…or Just Paused?

Over the past decade there was a massive shortage of trained chefs, and then COVID-19 happened. What’s next? Will the long-term shortage return?

January 25, 2021

From Education to Entrepreneur: Benefits of One-on-One Chef Mentoring

Don’t leave your dream of owning a restaurant to fate. Get a chef mentor to help you set a goal and hold you accountable.

January 4, 2021
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