I suppose it would help if they defined "chef" James Beard would bristle if someone called him a chef. At one time the only ones entitled to be called chef were graduates from the Cordon Bleu. It was the title bestowed by them upon graduation as I understand it. Now the term is applied to a head of a commercial kitchen. Even some graduates of any cooking school think of themselves as chefs even though they may not even have a job yet. I know some people who consider themselves as a chef if they teach cooking classes.
I don't know what the state of some culinary institutions are today but I see some signs that make me wonder about the credentials of their graduates. I also wonder how many go to a cooking school thinking the job the get will be glamorous and make them wealthy. What are the motivations of those people?
I know reality cooking shows are unreal but if some of those contestants are really chefs, I wonder at their level of training too.
Perhaps totally unrelated but I was an art teacher. When I got my degree, I had to get a degree in art before I could get certification as a teacher. Now days teachers have to major in education and pick up art classes here and there. Have cooking schools watered down their cooking emphasis for classes in management and nutrition? I don't know.
Edited by Norm Matthews, 11 July 2011 - 01:09 PM.