Should you attend a cooking school? Well, it’s not absolutely necessary. Experience is the ultimate teacher. But a good culinary education coupled with experience is even better.
To be a successful chef you need a comprehensive education. It is hard work, and for the dedicated, the pay can be very good to excellent. But do it for the love, not for the money.
Ask 100 chefs and you will probably get at least 25 different culinary schools that they feel are the best. Most college culinary arts programs are pretty good. There are a few that stand out - investigate each school you are interested in, and choose the school you feel most enthusiastic about.
You will get out of it as much as you put into it.
If you have a true passion for food you can have a very successful and rewarding culinary career.