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Which Culinary School Is Right For Me?

Dear Sugar
This is my second time writing to you. I am wondering if you know which culinary school I should go to; The Culinary Institute of America in New York City, or The Vitznau Lucerne Culinary School (Switzerland)? Chef Jeff


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Dear Chef Jeff.
Welcome back. I certainly can't make this decision for you, but I can help you make the right choice for yourself by asking some tough questions. Since both schools are world renowned, I can't imagine that you would go wrong in either institution. Everyone should have this problem, right? It's like asking if you should go to Oxford or Harvard.



If I were you, I'd base my decision on 2 things:

  1. Where would you want to spend your time in school? Would you like to live in New York for the duration of your studies or would you like to be in Europe/Switzerland? Remember that school is an amazing experience that you will never forget. You should be somewhere that appeals to you.
  2. Do chefs recommend that you study where you would like to work and live? Are there opportunities for you to intern while you are in school? (Can they help place you in the city that you desire to live in?)

Once you can answer these tough questions I am sure you will have your answer. Good luck to you and please let me know when you open a restaurant. You've got my support with either of those credentials.

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