No, I am not taking classes at a culinary school. I went to lunch at one today. Our local college has a culinary program. Once a week, they invite the community to come dine and taste the food the students have made (for a very reasonable cost of $11.95). Todays menu was Italian and some of the items to choose from were osso bucco, risotto Milanese, puttanesca and more.
You can see the chefs standing at their stations along the back wall in the picture above.
This was the pastry station and a couple of the chefs waiting to prepare a wonderful caramelized peach dessert.
If you have a culinary school in your area, check it out and see if they have a program like this. It gives the students a chance to explain how their dishes were prepared and see what it is like to interact with customers. We really enjoyed our experience.