Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Culinary Schools: How Do I Find One?

By Pamella Neely

If you have an interest in the culinary arts, this article may be for you. Or, perhaps you have always wanted to know more about culinary schools. This article will explain what type of culinary school you should attend. There are several things you want to look for when selecting your culinary school.

Choose a school that has a high graduation rate. You need to know that you can at least graduate from the school of your choice. More importantly, you want to be able to get a good job after graduation.

The best part of the school will be their ability to provide quality working kitchens. You should be able to have plenty of classes that teach in the kitchen, and not just outside of it. This will give you good preparation for working in real kitchens.

Try to look for schools that have a lot of kitchens, and possibly even an internship at a local restaurant. These opportunities will be very beneficial for you to test your skills. As you narrow your search, look for schools that have lots of professionals working there. Try to select a school that has lots of master chefs or bakers, as this will let you know that you are going to a good, well-equipped school.

Find a school where the celebrities endorsing it actually teach there, instead of just giving the school a face. Look for mentoring opportunities as well, as these will be helpful later on. Also important is the student to faculty ratio, so keep this in mind as you search.

Find a school that offers associates and bachelors programs. By getting these degrees, you will be able to get either a basic or extensive education in the culinary arts. When a school offers these degrees, you know they are serious about teaching their students properly.

Even if you choose to go for just an associates degree, it will at least cover the basics of cooking and preparing food as an art. Getting the bachelors will provide you with a solid foundation for cooking in restaurants, and advancing in the world of the culinary arts. You might also want to look for schools that are regionally accredited.

Last of all, search for a school that is within your price range. You do not want to place too much of a burden on yourself trying to pay for a school that you cannot afford easily. Look for programs with financial backing and apply for those. Make sure you can get a job while you are in school to help pay for it.

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