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Any Pastry Chefs available to offer guidance?

I am getting ready to end my current career and go to culinary school to become a pastry chef. I'm already 36 so this is a pretty big step for me and I'm so very excited!!! In Los Angeles, how much do entry level pastry cooks average per year / week or hour? How difficult is it to break in to a good restaurant? Are there specific websites/headhunters that chefs and cooks use to find work? I am thinking of attending Kitchen Academy in Hollywood - does anyone have any experience with this school?

Asked By: dishy_ny - 6/20/2008
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Answered By: Mikey - 6/23/2008
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I'd pass on the Kitchen Academy located in Hollywood and South Pasadena since the $20,000 tuition [or so-called scholarship loan] for a six-months crash course is truly meaningless and of no serious value when compared to the $56,000+ tuition for the full-course culinary course at the Culinary Institute in Pasadena... More
Answered By: vicseo - 6/20/2008
 
Don't go if they except students without real kitchen experience... More
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