Culinary Art School Classes for Becoming a Chef, Cooking for Fun or Simply Food Passion? (Poll) and Salad Poll Result

Why all these culinary cooking, professional or not questions? After my very short break (really little) with the last summer flashes, I’ve stayed and meet several people in the food & homemade gourmet industry.
How vast and diverse is the culinary world with chefs, event catering, modern/country restaurants, cooking schools or institutes…and certainly foodies!

A Culinary Artistry create a New Pastry Art like these Cakes

Therefore I think is funny to do a poll about your culinary interests whatever can be: just cooking for pleasure, a formal education-career to chef in a college, only love to eat or all together!

Endless options… you’ve the food word…
– Studied in local cooking schools in California, NY, Boston, Chicago; may be just western culinary or international like Thai or Japanese in other country?
– May be, cooking isn’t for you and you delight with gourmet meals but done generally by others?
– Perhaps, your dream is to become to the group of pastry chefs enjoying, both, baking and pastry reflected in your food blog, or other online/offline media?

Questions questions….go to the poll, you’ve the idea…

Food Passion as Culinary Career or for Pleasure?

– Taking culinary classes

– Ended culinary education

– Cook, baking, pastry chef

– Amateur cooking for fun

– Have a hospitality degree

– Food lover but don’t cook

– Food lover – Foodie

– Other: say it in comments

Please vote on the left & up of your screen and comment about your gastronomic interests!


Salad Poll Result

Well the poll about fresh healthy salads or not…has ended with some foreseeable results but not every one!
Take a look of the salad poll comments. The level and many different responses about salads and salad dressing are diverse. Not everybody wants a low fat salad hehe…really some wants with mayo I don’t the quantity, I presume a lot 😉

Low Fat Salad Greens are Healthy and Better with Cheese

The result about your preferred salads is:

Vegetable: 18 (72%)
Cheese: 4 (16%)
Fruit: 4 (16%)
Chicken: 3 (12%)
Pasta: 3 (12%)
Seafood: 2 (8%)
None: 0 (0%)
Other (say it in comments): 4 (16%)

A clear winner are salad-greens 72% (expected) but I see there’re many cheese lovers like Jessie, 5 Star Foodie, Olga, CookingwithKimberly with mozzarella, gorgonzola, and cambozola! Zerrin also with a cheese-curd salad with a delicious recipe.

Gourmet fruit salad is other fresh point (mine too) also with a (16%) Reeni♥ with “Mixed greens with diced apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, bleu cheese and homemade honey mustard vinaigrette” OMG!!, and VeggieGirl too. Navita is of my sweet team of sweet lovers! I guess fruit salads are for you too.

Mixed chicken/seafood salads we have The Duo Dishes “Mayo based” clearly a mayo fan ;), “fresh chicken salad made from leftover fried chicken” and The Food Site “mixed green vegs, tomatoes, crunchy carrots and I top it with grilled chicken”

Another very tempting one with “toasted pine nuts, prosciutto and a balsamic vinaigrette” Tangled Noodle excellent choice, Elra “prefer with simple dressing, olive oil and balsamic vinegar” – likewise and with a “fabulous vinaigrette, that really primes and cleanses the palate.” of Carolyn Jung.

I like also country style salads in the same manner with Rosa’s Yummy Yums “Asian-style”, AverageBetty “my absolute favorite is a Chinese/Thai Chicken salad” and Janet Rose-Bartlett.

Great salads have Soma in her food blog and vegetarian friendly dishes have Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella in her cooking blog to enjoy.

Concluding the salad can be a complete gourmet meal like Jude said, with “Truffle always a wonderful bonus combined with rich lettuces” of Elaine – The Gourmet Girl or simple but, all the times, nutrition meals where you can play a lot with ingredients and flavors.

I noticed that nobody hit no-salad, it is good to know that, because any nutrition consultant will say that veggies must be in any type of healthy eating plans. If your salad isn’t very healthy for the dressing, no matter….eating facts: some kind of vegetables must be in your diets.

Any comments to share about these 2 polls: the salad ended, or the new one with your engagement with food?

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Welcome back…
I’ve been away (coz of some reasons) too…

Hard to guess? “I’m a foodie!” :))


Welcome back!
I voted already. I love food, I like to cook and to bake, and eat too.


nice to have u back!!

Like ur interesting yet fun polls!
I guess i am a foodie:-D, tho’ sometimes i could take some classes for fun.. would be baking for me!


Cooking for fun! If it became a job it would probably feel like a chore 🙂

Rosa's Yummy Yums

I’m a foodblogger because I love to eat and cook, but if I can get a job thanks to my passion, then why not!

Thanks for speaking about my blog!




Your food sharing is gorgeous with your pics and recipes 🙂

@ BB
I know your loss…. take your time.
For sure you're a foodie!

@ Elra
No doubt you're an excellent cook and baker Elra! You show it in your delicious blogs 🙂

@ The Duo Dishes
Ohh taking culinary classes to improve and for fun is great and very well reflected on your food blog 🙂

@ Femin Susan
and you've excellent food creations 🙂

@ 5 Star Foodie
Wow Natasha I didn’t know that you studied psychometrics and measurement! For sure you like stats. It isn’t essential to take culinary classes but the dining experiences perfectly can be a lovely replacement!

@ Soma
Glad to see you Soma. Surely you're a foodie and just know that you like more the baking schools 🙂

@ Culinaryschoolsu
Nice site with culinary arts programs and schools, thanks for coming by!

@Christie @ Fig & Cherry
Christie cooking for fun is perhaps for most of them; when you make this a culinary job or business, the funny part can be lower!

@ Rosa's Yummy Yums
Why not and to become a chef Rosa? All is possible and you've the passion and knowledge to achieve it 🙂


I’m definitely an amateur for fun cook. The fun of it for me is really impressing my hubby, which is rare, but I intend to do better once we settle back from our honeymoon. 🙂

~ Kristi


Gera, thank you for mentioning my curd salad here. I’ve no classes and I don2t have a plan of becoming a chef. But I’d really love to. My purpose is to share what I learnt in our culture, that’s why I have a food blog.


Welcome back Gera! 🙂 I voted, can’t wait to see the results. Thanks for the lovely compliment!


Hi Gera,

Glad your back! I’ve worked as a grill cook before, but now I am just a foodie! I love all the salad ideas, especially with warmer weather approaching here, it makes me want to eat more fresh salads! Thanks for mentioning my favorite one.


I went with Food lover – foodie… My goal is to entertain people that would not ordinarily watch cooking content and get them cooking for themselves 🙂

Love to see the salad results – I had a Thai Chicken salad for dinner last night!

Gera Rocks!

Tangled Noodle

Welcome back, Gera!

I chose “other” because I hope that food will be a focus of my career – either food writing, marketing or teaching seminars about food and culture. But as much as I enjoy cooking (and even more so, now that I blog about my attempts), I do it more to understand how we think about food and its role in our personal and social lives. The actual motions of cooking is as important as the ingredients and the resulting flavor so I want to have a good grasp of it! 😎


~ Kristi really hope you’ll have a beautiful weeding and honeymoon 🙂

Lovely salad! You’re doing a great tasty job about the Turkish cuisine!

@Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella
Thanks so much Lorraine 🙂

Big foodie and cook Reeni! Still drooling only mentioning your salad with dried cranberries and walnuts!

I see,… cooking for me, cooking for 2…and so on.. hehe after have delighted with your cooking blog!
Enjoy your Thai Chicken salad!

@Tangled Noodle
When I read your yummy blog I know that you love food writing with a strong perspective in culture aspects..keep going and convert your food passion in a culinary career!

I totally understand why “others”…the best you know the food in all senses, a better nutrition-healthy eating you can have to avoid ED…it’s impossible to be counting calories about everything!

Carolyn Jung

Thanks for all the inspiration for new ways to dress up my everyday salad.


I am mostly self taught. I did take a few classes at a local culinary school that were quite good.


I love to cook, eat, and learn. I’m most interested in the technical aspects of how recipes work, but also like the creative side of it.


I’m a foodie – love to cook, love to eat. I’d like to go to culinary school but I wouldn’t want to be a professional chef, I’d love to own a restaurant though!


Hello Gera, I followed you from the foodieblogroll and I really enjoy your polls and your posts!I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind. Just add this foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

Mitch Ribak

Culinary definitely begins with passion. I don’t think I know anybody who went to culinary school because they want to end up having a job as a chef or cook. It just so happens that culinary is also one of the best industries in the world and it’s good business too.

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