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To Be a Chef, Must You Graduate From Culinary School?

When I asked your opinion of Paula Deen, I noticed some interesting comments about what it means to be a chef. Many people get angered when the term is used to describe a celebrity (especially Food Network stars) who never attended culinary school.

However, there are chefs who didn't graduate from culinary school, but worked their way through well-respected restaurants to become famous — look at Tom Colicchio, Mario Batali, and Rick Bayless.

How do you feel about the matter?


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