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Some grounding, please.
Is it completely crazy to consider the MLA program in Gastronomy offered by BU's Metropolitan College? I'm guessing it would be two years, realistically, before I could enroll, but should I be looking in that direction?
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cris From: cris Date: October 11th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seems like a slick method for separating yuppies from their money. I don't think Elizabeth David, Edward Behr or Jeffrey Steingarten had to go to school to learn how to be a gourmet. Alton Brown studied at New England Culinary before embarking on his career as a food host.

Are there any career options that look to an MLA in Gastronomy as an entry credential?
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
A vanity degree, then? That's a fair enough assessment. Being a couple years off, I haven't done a whole lot of research, so I don't know yet what CA programs can offer.

I seem to recall that a couple of folks at FK came from the BU program (though not necessarily the MLA), but I could be misremembering entirely. Dunno.
cris From: cris Date: October 11th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, I don't know if I'd term it as a vanity degree. I mean, like, I don't know how many people take a BCAE wine or cooking class out of vanity and how many take it out of a genuine hope for personal enrichment, but this program seems like a two year version of one of those continuing ed programs.

Now that I think on it further, it does seem like an interesting interdisciplinary topic -- combining literature, history, sociology and (hopefully) a bit of chemistry and biology -- but the nature of food education is such that it seems weird to provide it in the venue of a liberal arts college as opposed to a cooking institute. It'd be like offering a degree program in travelling or touring (not to be confused with a professional certificate in tourism hospitality)
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vanity in a similar vein to vanity publishing... Possibly entertaining, but not entirely necessary and of use primarily as self-enrichment.

From what I understand, the wine programs at BCAE are often used to troll for dates.
cris From: cris Date: October 11th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough ... I was interpreting vanity in the "hey, baby, did you know I have a Masters in Gastronomy? Let me tell you about the varied history and evolution of the melon. Oh, and speaking of which ..."

that was my understanding, too, or at least more so than the classes on basic tax law ... though, who knows?
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: October 11th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just for edifying purposes, the program was started by Julia Child.
cris From: cris Date: October 11th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hit Post instead of Preview, but I also meant to add the suggestion that if you're eyeing this as a career change; then perhaps you'd be better served with an actual culinary program supplemented by independent free-range reading habits.
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komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm at a point where I need to think about either additional education that will allow me to continue on in the fast-paced world of state bureaucracy or switching gears entirely and moving on to something else. The former is probably the more lucrative (and secure) choice, but it verges on soul-killing.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: October 11th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
As my Grandpappy told me before rocketing into space to battle those dirty Astro-Commies, "Another degree can't hurt."

Sounds like an interesting program to me.
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, my Grandpappy just told me about mixing cheap beer and Kool-aid...

There's certainly some interesting stuff there, and I'm guessing a fair amount of reading that I'd have a ball with.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: October 11th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it interests you, then you should totally go for it. My only real regret is that I didn't get the education I wanted in undergrad and I've been making up for it ever since.
cayetana From: cayetana Date: October 11th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know a few people who have gone through that program, and it is acceptable, from what I understand. But I'm not sure it's worth the money.

The CIA on Mass Ave has good programs, but I don't know what the application reqs are.
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
CSCA is a CIA affiliate? If I go, won't that mean that Craig and I will have to fight?
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: October 11th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. To the death. With French knives, side towels, and braising forks, in the manner of our chefly ancestors at the beginning of time.
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dibs on the kitchen torch.
cris From: cris Date: October 11th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd pay cash money to the competitor who uses a guillotine to bring new meaning to the term mandoline.
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It'd be too clunky, I think, at least without a lot of special training. This is likely going to be a mobile battle.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: October 11th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it interests you, definitely investigate... you don't have to make a decision right this second. :)
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Golden Cage?

Part of me wonders if I should just keep being a "responsible adult" and try to recover from the Troubles before looking at something that would potentially tax my financial life further. Part of me thinks that if I don't shift gears soon, the inclination could dissipate before I feel like I've managed an even keel.
tigermilkdrunk From: tigermilkdrunk Date: October 11th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
That honestly sounds awesome. (You know, I've been thinking I should go back and get a Master's, since I missed that step...) I feel like there used to be something along these lines at Radcliffe, around when I moved to Boston - they certainly have/had the library for it.
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Question for you - how would you see using a masters in Gastronomy?
From: lastcallforcorn Date: October 11th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
i think you should definitely do it-- it sounds fascinating. one of my sociology classes was centered around food, and it was possibly my favorite. besides logic.

however, the practical side of me (only awakened by the comments others have made) says that degrees are expensive. so, a cost assessment seems appropriate.

still, sounds like a really interesting program.
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
This is the sort of thing that interests me. Do one thing very, very well, and the people will come.
cinemama From: cinemama Date: October 11th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


Teh awesome! Why WOULDN'T you do this?

Think hard about taking a class in the program (if they'll let you)), and see what you think from there. This sounds like such a wonderful new direction for you. Long live the cheese hunter.

(P.S. You really can do the things you secretly desire. It's not completely crazy at all.)
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)


On the offing, it does look incredibly cool, but the question of what I would do with it is an important one. I don't feel like going off half-cocked is going to serve at this point.

Dunno. It might just be the fear talking, and maybe direction would suggest itself in my studies. Still, there seems to be a lot to consider.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: October 12th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That program is COOL AS HELL.

My question is, what would you want to do with it?

P-, you LOVE food and the science, art and theory of it. WHenever someone tells me they want to pursue food, I promptly talk them out of it. For anyone other than your ilk, it's an attrocious idea; no pay, 70 hour work weeks, drinking, drugs, drama (the three D's of restaurants)never having a personal life, etc. But for you, for some reason, I really think your passion and love for Gastronomy would find a way to thrive *without* compromising your quality of life. I think you'd be fulfilled. GO FOR IT.
komos From: komos Date: October 16th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Really, I don't know at this point. Before I can answer that question, I need to do some serious thinking about how all of this might manifest itself. The fact of the matter is that I don't want to end up in a place where I start hating what I'm doing because I've made a career out of it. I've heard the horror stories... have even seen some of it, and it scares me. Maybe I can make it work. Maybe I've got that kind of passion.

I need to think on it for a while.
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