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I'M PUTTING MY MOLE WHERE MY MOUTH IS! Help me decide on a Latin Culinary Program.

amoncada | Mar 18, 200801:52 PM

Greetings fellow hounds! I need your expertise in choosing a Latin culinary program.

Here's the story, I decided after 15 years of owning my own business in Finance and Real Estate to follow my lifelong dream of opening my own restaurant. Oh, and I've been cooking passionately since the age of 10, but never in a restaurant or commercial kitchen. I know what you're thinking...what does a finance guy know about owning and operating a Latin restaurant right?...well, my Mexican heritage, a treasure trove of great traditional yet modernized recipes from my mother and grandmothers, a background in marketing, bookeeping, real estate, and finance can only help right? I sure hope so!

I've spent the last three years exploring all of the possibilities and finally decided to put my Mole where my mouth is!! The only problem is choosing the best Latin Culinary program available.
I am heavily leaning towards the 30 week CIA Latin based culinary program in San Antonio but I thought that I should explore some options in Mexico too. Could anyone refer me to a reputable Latin culinary program in Mexico? I should also say that I have been pounding the pavement here in Chicago trying to find a fine dining restaurant that will hire me with zero restaurant experience...I need 6 months hands on food service experience for the CIA Latin program. I prefer to avoid the easy entry into the bar and grill route.
Any advice in finding the perfect Latin Culinary program as well as in securing an entry level kitchen position in a reputable casual or fine dining restaurant is greatly appreciated!!
I can't wait to see what's out there!!
Cheers! Alex

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