Which Culinary Schools Get You Cooking Abroad

by Olivia DeWolfe
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 8, 2011

Attend culinary school and work as a chef in Paris.One of the best things about working as a chef is that you can take your culinary arts skills practically anywhere. Not only can you find great chef jobs all over the United States, you can live and cook abroad for an exciting career as well. You can prepare French delicacies in a Parisian bistro, sushi in a Japanese restaurant, or American food in one of the many international hotels, resorts, and cruise ships that are seeking American chefs.

Whether to Stay Home or Travel for Your Culinary Degree Program

If you're mission is to prepare American food in another country, a degree from a
culinary school in the U.S. may be the right choice, since American chefs are actively recruited by international venues. Thanks in part to the notoriety of some of the U.S.'s world famous chefs, the American reputation for excellence in the culinary arts precedes you.

On the other hand, if you want to prepare Chinese food in Beijing, or be a sommelier in Italy, you may be more hireable if you attend a culinary degree program within that country. Employers may have more confidence in your abilities if your education has come directly from and been tailored to the specialties of that region.

Ways to Get Cooking Abroad

Some American culinary degree programs are directly linked to culinary schools abroad and may provide exchange opportunities where you can travel to a foreign country to complete course work. This could also be a good way to connect with potential employers after graduation. Wealthy families or celebrities may also hire American culinary school graduates to be their personal chefs. Places with a rapid economic growth rate and plenty of international residents like Dubai and Beijing may have more opportunities for American chefs.

With determination and hard work hard, you can get exciting chef work in a foreign country with a culinary arts degree from either the United States or abroad.

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