For as long as I can remember, my mom and dad have had me cooking beside them. However, it was not until recently that I discovered that cooking is my true passion.
This is a good catch. It's not really okay to write "ever since I can remember," because it does not make sense grammatically.
Also, I like the way Eric's suggested changes improve the variation of sentence structure.
Katherine, do you see what is wrong with this sentence as you had written it? --->
"Working hard and successfully juggling many responsibilities at once is something I do daily and is a skill that will make the kitchen The Associates Degree in Culinary Arts will help me..."
follow my dream of owning a high end restaurant, with the experience I will earn and variety of classes I will take.----This is too obvious. Of course it will help you follow that dream, and you will get experiences from the classes, but you should try to add your own unique THEME. Do you know what I mean by that? Use a concept, some special word that the reader can think about when trying to understand you. I think you might do well if you use a theme like "flavor" or "chocolate." Use some word a few times and let it add to the meaningfulness of the essay.