Welcome to Culinary School A Culinary Student Survival Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-01-07
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Welcome to Culinary School: A Culinary Student Survival Guide is a must-read for every student in a professional culinary school or college-level culinary program.


Welcome to Culinary School: A Culinary Student Survival Guide, 2/e delivers exactly what students need to know to thrive in culinary school and succeed in the culinary industry. More than a book on culinary jobs and certification requirements, it outlines a realistic blueprint of how to get more out of school, enhance one’s credentials, and find a rewarding position within the field. A motivational tone and all new interviews help readers relate to the material and get the most up-to-date industry insight. Enhanced Suggested Tasks encourage readers to develop study skills, credentials, and strategies that will yield the ultimate goal–success in the culinary field.


New content in the Second Edition includes: culinary environmental stewardship, using the internet for research, self-promotion through social media, portfolio creation and usage, updated culinary certification requirements, the impact of changing technology, and additional career paths. New PowerPoints help instructors lead their classes more easily. A must-read for every student in culinary school or a college-level culinary program, Welcome to Culinary School helps students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Author Biography

Daniel Traster, CCC, CCE, CCP, worked as the Dean of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at Stratford University and as the Academic Director of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Washington. Prior to his 8 years in culinary education, Traster worked for over a decade in various culinary operations, including the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, and Occasions Caterers, Provence Restaurant, and as a personal chef - all in Washington, DC. Daniel Traster has earned a B.A in English and Theater from Yale University, an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, and a M.S. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech. He continues to consult while working as the culinary director for the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. In addition to Welcome to Culinary School: A Culinary Student Survival Guide, Daniel Traster has authored Foundations of Cost Control and Foundations of Menu Planning.

Table of Contents

Part I: Learning to Succeed in College 

1.     Becoming a Chef versus Learning to Cook 

2.     The Degree versus the Learning 

3.     Getting Straight A’s: The Skills and Qualities You’ll Need to Thrive in School 

4.     Studying Techniques 

5.     Making Use of Faculty and Asking Questions 

6.     Books, Videos, the Library, and the Internet 

7.     Ethics and Cheating 

8.     Professionalism and Image Making 

9.     A Note on Work-Life Balance and Wasted Time 


Part II: Maximizing Your Marketability 

10.  The Risks and Benefits of Moving Beyond the School Walls Before Graduation 

11.  What the Industry Expects You to Know and to Do 

12.  Volunteering at School and in the Community 

13.  On-the-Job Experience: Working While in School and Choosing the Right Job 

14.  Behaviors That Promote Health and Education 

15.  No One Succeeds Alone: Networking and Professional Associations


Part III: You’re Graduating: Now What? 

16.  Choosing the Right Career Track: Experience versus Money 

17.  Making Use of the Support Staff at the School 

18.  Résumé Writing 

19.  Interviewing Skills 

20.  The Basic Steps to Getting Promoted               

21.  Getting Certified 

22.  Lifelong Learning: Research, Travel, Stages, and Higher Degrees 

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