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Subcity & Art School present: Party in Dimension B


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Question by Marshall: What’s the difference between an associates degree and a diploma in culinary arts?
I want to eventually own a pastry shop business down the road, and have been thinking of attending a baking/pastry school to hone my skills, learn new techniques and recipes, and how to run a small business. That being said, i have been doing research into school options, and a lot of places i see options of either “Diploma in Baking/Pastry”, and “Associates of Arts in Baking/Pastry”. What is the difference between the two?

Best answer:

Answer by Simply Trad
Either of these degrees will qualify you to be a line cook at your local national chain restaurant. What you are looking for is a degree in RHIM (restaurant, hotel, and institutional management) from a four year University.

With a bachelors you will be a whole lot more employable and will not have to compete for jobs with “certified chefs” who were just released from prison and received their certification by working in the prison kitchen.

I personally think that associates degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on, and to me most “cooking schools” while at one time might have led to a great career; today seem to be attended by the children of very wealthy professionals who have plans of buying their children a restaurant when they graduate.

If your parents are rich and are planning to buy you a turn key restaurant then a “cooking school” might be what you want. It sounds like you want to learn the business aspect of the business which will be the most important, you can learn to bake on your own. This requires four years of college or a good mentor in the business who will spend time with you, help you develop your business plan, and teach you to market effectively and run your business.

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Subcity & Art School present: Party in Dimension B


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Subcity & Art School present: Party in Dimension B


Image by Subcity Radio
Photo by Kirsten Kerr

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