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Applying to Culinary School | Culinary Arts Essay | culinaryed.com

by Olivia DeWolfe
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 15, 2011

Culinary Admissions EssayMany culinary schools may require you to write a personal essay as part of the application process to the school. This is an important way for admissions representatives to learn about you and to discover why they might want to accept you into their culinary degree program.

Why do culinary schools want an essay?

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are educational communities and the more inspired and diverse the individual students are the more dynamic and inspiring the learning environment will be. Application essays are a way for admissions representatives to get a sense of your background, who you are as a person, and what your goals are.

In general, representatives want to know why you want to be a chef, what motivates you and how you think culinary school may help you achieve your goals. Some schools may request that you write about a particular topic, such as the person who has influenced you most in the field of culinary arts.

Culinary-school essay tips


Remember that culinary schools are receiving applications from many more students than they can accept. An exceptional essay can make you stand out. Be clear, specific, and concise. Adhere to word limits. If no limit is set, stay under 700 words. Be selective and try to focus on information not already included elsewhere in the application.

Be honest and quietly confident about your strengths, interests and accomplishments. If you are struggling, ask friends, family, teachers, and employers to help you identify some of these.

Make sure your spelling, grammar and facts are accurate. Though you will be mainly cooking and not writing once you are a chef, the attention to detail you pay to your essay can demonstrate a lot about your style. Use spellcheck, a thesaurus and a friend with editing skills to scan your essay before submitting.

Admissions representatives are looking for what's unique about you. It could be your culinary experience or skills or it could be the way you think, create, or express yourself. Be authentic and use vivid language as you describe your passion for food.

Whether you're applying to a campus-based or online culinary degree program, your application essay could grab the attention of admissions representatives and help with your progress into the culinary school of your dreams.

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