Thoughts on Culinary School?

Hi All!
My nephew is looking into going to culinary school soon. However, he is getting mixed responses from everyone. Some are telling him to get first hand experience and others are telling him school is the way to go. Now, I have never gone to culinary school so I don't know what to tell him. I would say that experience is a plus but just like college in the business world, thats what companies look for. Anyone want to share thoughts?

Also, if anyone has actually been to a culinary school he has a few questions. 1. What age are most of the students (he's 20 and don't really want to be in a room full of 45 yr olds) 2. What skills (if any) do you need before you attend?


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