Life As a Culinary Student: Pursuing My Passion

From by Institute of Culinary Education
Life As a Culinary Student: Pursuing My Passion


By Christen Clinkscales—Student, School of Culinary Arts


My first two months of culinary school have been full of lessons. Always keep your cutting board clean. Hold your knife down and away from others when walking. Never leave your spatula on the stove. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is the importance of following your passion.

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I learned that final lesson from my dad when he passed away suddenly last December. My dad was an accountant for more than 30 years, and while I never imagined following in his footsteps, I always knew that working with his many clients was his passion. He embodied the phrase “choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”


In the months after his death, I started thinking about my passions and how I might be able to turn them into my career, like my dad. Culinary school had been on my mind for years, but I always found an excuse not to enroll. I was too busy with work. It was too expensive. It would cut too much into my social life. Would I even be good?


Read on to learn how Christen's decision to attend culinary school has paid off.