Is Work Experience Required?
No, although some experience in the hospitality industry is preferred. A love of cooking is definitely required though! We suggest that you schedule a day in class with us or spend a day shadowing a chef in a restaurant if you have not worked in a professional culinary setting before.
If you don’t have work experience, Escoffier Online helps students build a strong skill set and gain many qualities throughout the program that employers look for when hiring. One of the modules students complete during the programs is Life Skills and Career Development, which trains our students on interviewing skills and how to find gainful employment.
Escoffier Online’s chef mentors are a major asset for students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Fundamental programs. They can assist students in assessing their strengths and skills, help create a workforce ready resume, search job postings around the world and practice interviewing skills.
The Certificate in Baking and Pastry program has a career service department to assist with job or externship search, teaching you the skills you need to get a job. From resume writing to interview preparation, the career services department gives you a constructive helping hand through every process of the employment search. Collectively, with the Escoffier Online Culinary Academy training and career placement service, our graduates will be well prepared to hit the ground running in a new job upon the completion of the program.