The 5 Most Valuable Things I Learned In Culinary School

What I Learned In Culinary School (And How You Can Use It At Home!) |

In my “What I Learned in Culinary School” series, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks that I learned from two years of working with some of the country’s best chefs. This will include big things like learning to work efficiently, and small things like how to cook bacon perfectly. All of them will be applicable to your home kitchen, making you a faster, better, and more confident cook.


Maybe you’ve read the “about me” lurking up there under the header, and maybe you haven’t. But hey guys – I went to culinary school for two years. It was freaking amazing. I learned thousands of things. Seriously – every single day, I was learning new stuff constantly for somewhere between 8 to 16 hours at a time.


In the sleep-deprived blur that was those two years, it seemed like the 2 major things I learned were 1.) How to wake up at 4:45 am, force myself to get dressed in hideous checkered pantsand a white paper hat without a shower, drive 25 minutes without falling back asleep, and then start doing gross things like de-veining shrimp before my first cup of coffee, and 2.) how much happier I was than in my previous life sitting in an office all day. Really, ridiculously, smiling-from-ear-to-ear-all-the-time happy.


What I Learned In Culinary School (And How You Can Use It At Home!) |

Now that I’ve been OUT of school for over a year, I’ve had some time to reflect on what I reallylearned. How did those 2 years change my life in the kitchen? Well, I’m super excited, because I’m a Yummly Featured Blogger, and my guest post is about the 5 most valuable things I learned in school! 

Head on over to the Yummly Blog to read my post!

What I Learned In Culinary School (And How You Can Use It At Home!) |

For more tips and tricks from my school days, be sure to check out my culinary school archive.



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  1. I wish I had gone to culinary school, I know it’s hard work, long hours but so rewarding. How wonderful.

  2. Suzanne, it was the best decision I ever made. It completely changed my life for the better. But at no point is it too late! There were 65-year-olds in my classes! Lots of retirees, or people moving on to a second career, as well as 18-year-olds just starting out. Very cool to have such a cross-section of students.

  3. How wonderful to be doing what you love! Congrats on following your heart!!!

  4. Thanks Lizzy! I’ve never regretted it for a second.

  5. “Do your prep work in stages” – great point and awesome advice. Thanks!!!

    Trisha x

  6. Thanks Trisha! It seems so simple, but when I first heard it, I realized how much sense it made!

  7. Is that the Schoolcraft logo on your coat? I did the graphic design program there & would love to do the culinary program.

  8. Yes ma’am, it is! I went through the two-year culinary program @ Schoolcraft, and I loved every minute of it! Highly recommended!

  9. I’ve always wondered, why checkered pants?!

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