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$50K per year for a degree in a low-wage industry − is culinary school worth it?


Education – The Conversation

Culinary schools, despite high costs and low-wage industry, are valued by graduates for social and cultural capital gained, including friendships, connections, and understanding of commercial kitchen culture. Prestigious schools like the Culinary Institute of America are particularly valued, with 90% of graduates feeling their degree was worth it. However, satisfaction rates drop for less prestigious or for-profit programs. Despite criticisms, many see culinary school as a necessary step for success in the industry, providing networking opportunities and a foot in the door.

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