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If You Can Take the Heat, this Kitchen is for You – Careers in Culinary

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

The dream of running a kitchen is being pursued by more people nowadays due in part to the popularity of reality TV shows and docu-series about celebrity chefs. However, before you want to open your own restaurant you should attend a culinary school, to get the skills needed. Are you passionate about food and spend lots of your spare time in the kitchen? Are you hyped about learning new cooking techniques and experimenting with ingredients? Do you enjoy hosting dinner parties to showcase your creations? Culinary school might be right for you! Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts program is the perfect blend of in-class lecture theory and hands-on lab practice. At FTC, we provide the highest quality culinary training to give our students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the competitive Central Florida tourism industry and beyond. Culinary school is a significant investment of both time and money. It is important to discuss with a family member or someone who has been this path how you’d balance school and personal obligations because to succeed you need to have a good strategy in place. Yet the effort is well worth it. Culinary school will give you knowledge and experience that will make you confident in a professional kitchen. But beware, not all culinary programs are created equal, there are many variations. At FTC’s culinary program we combine both lectures and hands-on experience that will make a difference in your career in the industry. Having hands-on in a real kitchen setting and learning from individuals who have worked in the restaurant and culinary industry, is a big plus. If you choose our program, you’ll learn all the culinary techniques you need to start your career in the food industry. You will also have a convenient and flexible class schedule so that you can balance work and family obligations. With the proper culinary training, you will be ready to work in a diversity of settings, for example, cruise ships, theme parks, resorts and restaurants. Florida Technical College will be there for you on every step of the way, and will help you with your resume and with career placement after graduation. If you want to learn how to cook, FTC can help. For more information or to find out about the culinary program enrollment contact our Kissimmee location. By: Alex Martínez, Culinary Arts Program Director

7 Things you will learn in Culinary School

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Thinking about a career in the kitchen? FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will give you the necessary knowledge to work, manage and cook in the heat of a busy kitchen.  The program is only 13-months in duration and new sessions begin every month. The structure is a combination of hands-on-deck experience and lectures.  When you join the diploma program at FTC you will learn how to read a recipe, be confident in the kitchen, the importance of having a good knife, what ingredients you must have in your kitchen at all times, and how to use your imagination to transform simple ingredients into delicacies.   How to read a recipe: You may think you know how to read, however, learning this is like taking a trip to a foreign country. You have to know where you are going. Do you need a car? What to pack? A cell phone charger that works abroad? The last thing one want to do is start a trip and realize you don’t have all the necessary tools to get to the final destination. Reading recipes has its tricks. Do you have all of the ingredients? Do you understand all of the steps? A positive execution will depend on all of these factors.   Benefits of having a good knife: Have you ever cut an onion or a pineapple with a dull knife? The final product might not even look appealing to the eye. Having the right knife to cut a product will make the difference. If you slice onions with an extremely sharp knife, the sulfur that the onion contains does not break as much, meaning you won’t tear up as much.   Use of imagination: You never know what new chic dish you will come up with. This program will allow you to use your imagination and make incredible creations. Don’t get upset if you mess up, it happens to the best in the business, keep on cooking and you will create that tasty dish you thought about in your mind.   Safety in the kitchen: Anything can happen in a kitchen; you will learn what to do in any situation that could arise. For example, an automatic reaction to a fire is to use water to douse the flames, however, you should never use water on a grease fire.  You will also learn what to keep handy in case of a cut or burns.   Accidents are fixable: There will be times you may run to your instructor fearing you have messed up a plate. FTC culinary program will give you techniques and hands-on experience to fix mistakes. There could be a few baking disasters, however, most foods are salvageable after adjusting some seasonings and textures.   It’s okay not to measure anything when cooking (unless you are baking): This program will allow you to trust your eye and mouth.  Unless you are baking, you don’t need to measure anything, use your eye to measure a teaspoon of salt, then use your mouth to taste and see if you need more salt or more water! Eyeballing will make you a stronger faster cook.   Must have ingredients: You will learn that having some key ingredient always stocked in your fridge and pantry will excel your creations. For instance, butter makes everything better, salt make your dish tastier, lemons add that exquisite fresh taste and eggs can do anything to your plate.   FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will provide you with hands-on experience to get to work immediately. Whatever reason you have to learn how to cook FTC can help. For more information or to find out about the culinary program enrollment contact us now!   By Jose Luis Dieppa

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School With a passion for food and a desire to finally start a career you can get excited about, you’re ready to go to culinary school and start out on a new path… To become a cook or chef, without working your way up from dishwasher, you need to get hands-on training in the kitchen. Florida Technical College offers a culinary arts diploma that teaches all the skills needed to land a lucrative and rewarding restaurant career or to be an entrepreneur and start a food business. As you make the important decision to pursue the education that will allow you to follow your dreams, make sure you ask these crucial questions before picking a culinary school: Is there a campus near me? There’s not much point in getting excited about a culinary program if it isn’t in a location that works for you. You need to make sure you can get to your classes because this isn’t a subject you can learn online or from a distance. FTC is conveniently located in Kissimmee, Florida. Is the culinary school near a thriving food scene? If you’re going to train in the food industry, you want to make sure you not only have a great school to attend, but also a nearby world-class culinary destination. Your experience with food extends into the community, and so do your job opportunities. In Central Florida, you have access to the great restaurants of Orlando, and the surrounding areas. Will I get hands-on training? A culinary education is all about skills. This isn’t book learning, and to get the training you need to land a job in a kitchen, you need to learn in a hands-on environment. You want to know that your classroom will be a modern, up-to-date kitchen, which is exactly what you get at FTC. Who will be teaching me the culinary arts? A program for culinary training should include instructors who have worked in real kitchens, not just good teachers. You want to learn from the best and from the people who know, first-hand, what it’s like to work in a kitchen. They can train you to be prepared for actual, real-world culinary experiences. Can I get financial aid? Getting an education isn’t free, so make sure you find out if the school you choose offers assistance with financial aid. A culinary education is an investment, but if you don’t have the money to spend now, you’ll never get your career off the ground. Financial aid can put you in the position to get your education, so you can pursue your dream job. Going to culinary school may be your dream, but it shouldn’t be a decision you make lightly. Ask these important questions, and any others that you have, before making your choice. To get all the information you need to decide on a culinary program, contact Florida Technical College today.   RELATED ARTICLES : 5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Learn to Create Delightful Desserts & Earn the Pastry Chef Title