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Would You Quit Your Job and Go to Pastry School?

I was listening to NPR the other day, when I heard a story about how many white-collar professionals are swapping their power suits for aprons. The folks behind Sprinkles Cupcakes did it, and they're not the only ones. In fact, the California School of Culinary Arts just added their first evening and weekend patisserie program. Rebecca Mars of CSCA, said:

"They're now wanting to pursue maybe a passion they've always had... Now they've seen some success with other businesses like Sprinkles, and they've seen that they're successful and think they could probably be as well."

Why folks are doing this, no one's really sure. Maybe it's because everyone is currently "self-medicating" with sweets, and people want in on the trend before it's over. No matter what the cause, I think it's fantastic. Although it does make me wonder just how many cupcake shops one town needs...

How about you, would you quit your job and go to pastry school?

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Sincerely-me Sincerely-me 8 years
I wish I could make a living (and have a life, and hopefully not a tripled waistlineXD) out of pastries and baking. If it were an option, I'd take it in a hot minute. Cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, frozen YOGURT, whatever-- let me be creative and watch me go! <3 Maybe making it a combination coffee shop would bring in the biz (and keep me awake!)...
kepenate kepenate 8 years
I would LOVE to say yes!! And truth is I harbour a not-so-secret desire to open-up my own bakery/dessert/cafe place. I think I could do a fantabulous job! Nothing calms me like baking - and I'm really good at it too. Unfortunately, my student loans (used to finance law school) have to be paid off first. That and I think I owe it to myself, and my parents, to make sure I get some mileage out of my ridonculously expensive and well-traveled education!!! Having said that - once I've paid my dues I may just jump ship and open up a place. I dream of being like the Cake Love guy. People like him are my heroes. Go figure..........other people dream about going to law school and becoming a lawyer, and I dream about baking cupcakes all day! lol :oP Karen http://tobethewholepackage.blogspot.com
Jen4Luck Jen4Luck 8 years
I actually have one foot in the office and the other in the kitchen. My very first job was as a breakfast cook in a cafe and I've had my eye on some kind of cooking gig ever since. As a cook, I've done catering, baking, food service and cooking for meals on wheels programs. In my office life, I've been an executive assistant, account manager and computer systems instructor. Right now I only do a few small cooking gigs a year and I volunteer cook. If given the chance, I think I would prefer to work in the kitchen full time, but I've gotten spoiled by my benefits, time off, "normal" working hours and higher pay that being a corporate desk jockey has afforded me.
laPetiteJuJu laPetiteJuJu 8 years
My sisters and I want to open up a bakery and sweets shoppe some day!
tapeplayingrobot tapeplayingrobot 8 years
haha... this is my day job, and I love it. Could never sit behind a desk all day.
rosey_y rosey_y 8 years
It's definitely a "dream" of mine. I have a career in the business world and although I love it, I can't see myself doing it forever. BUT, the reality of being a baker is not what I day dream about (i.e. leisurely baking cute cupcakes and lovingly decorating them). More like ridiculously early starts and battling with industrial ovens!
texgirl texgirl 8 years
my sister and i really want to ..... i'm in pr and she's still a student so it's really a matter of saving up and being able to fund this adventure :)
dkdc77 dkdc77 8 years
my mom did it last year and is about to finish in a few months. she took a bunch of wilton classes and now she is doing her associates degree. she has always been really good at baking and now she is learning so much more from master pastry chefs in an intensive setting. plus, i get to reap the rewards when she smuggles some of the goodies home :)
kristine13 kristine13 8 years
My boyfriend and I joke about this all the time! We're both in grad school, so we haven't even started our careers, but we'd give up practicing law and physical therapy in a heartbeat to become bakers or chefs :-)
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
It's basically all that I think about.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Some things you love too much to do them "professionally." It would take the joy away for me, I think, and equate it with stress instead.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Maybe there is hope for me. Baking is all I want to do with my life!
bugness bugness 8 years
After seeing Stranger than Fiction, I've wanted to take classes and open up my own bakery. I LOVE baking :)
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
I have seriously been considering this. I love baking and HATE HATE HATE my office job, and three of my boyfriend's sisters are professional bakers so they would be great support.
Neuroticone Neuroticone 8 years
I've always wanted to do it.
trishybee trishybee 8 years
i am seriously considering doing just that. i'm starting with a baking course that begins in a few weeks. just a non-credit short course. but it is a start for me. it is a way for me to start exploring this world and see if it is for me. i have always loved to bake. i really want to start doing something i love to do. not just sitting here behind this desk.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 8 years
I fear a) not being able to find a job and b) finding a job but being paid crap. So that's why I don't do it. I'd love to, though.
lorynbuggy lorynbuggy 8 years
I think about doing this DAILY. I don't even have a job yet--I'm still in grad school. But, I've read a few articles on how lots of culinary school grads are having a really hard time paying back their loans. That was enough to scare me straight. I guess cooking will have to stay a hobby for now.
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
If I could be sure a career would come out of it, definitely!
sillyfilly sillyfilly 8 years
If I don't get in to veterinary school... I just might!
limelindsey limelindsey 8 years
I had never considered it...until this moment! Maybe one of these days, it would be fun to have a cupcake bakery or something similar. Yum!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 8 years
If someone paid for it YEAH!~
ashleycakes ashleycakes 8 years
This is honestly something that I think about on a daily basis. I love you girls and all, but I wish I could get my butt off this computer, out of this office, and do something I really enjoy professionally, which is bake and decorate cakes. Sadly, I'm buried beneath a 30 year mortgage that has one year paid off of it so I feel I will never be able to quit my job! :( Maybe when I win the lottery :FINGERSCROSSED: I would love if my local culinary schools would offer night and/or weekend classes. The closest one is 45 minutes away, but I would totally do that commute.
Chica-PooPoo72 Chica-PooPoo72 8 years
Oh I would quit my job in a second!!!!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I'm afraid I don't have the natural talent and I must agree with partysugar...I won't get up at 3 in the morning for anything. I don't minding sitting nice and close to two great bakers though :)
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