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What Type of Training Does It Take To Become A Chef?

Those who really wish to become a cook should know what they are getting themselves into. In short, one should really enjoy spending time in a kitchen. Preferably a fast paced kitchen with a number of different types of people working around you. Moreover, one should really enjoy spending a lot of time in this kitchen, as the job of a top chef is quite demanding. The hours are not always regular, the more established you become the more you work, and most of these hours are spend on your feet, moving around and expending a lot of energy.

Culinary World suggests to all of our visitors who are looking into a career as a chef to do a sufficient amount of research on the position. If possible, find a job in a restaurant. Your best chance to learn if this career is for you is to find a restaurant that is much like an establishment where you see yourself working after graduation from a culinary school. Becoming a chef is a difficult task, and must be more of a 'labor of love' than a temporary career choice. For those who really love to cook, prepare great food and spend their careers in a fast paced, high-energy environment, being a chef is the only job they can imagine that will make them happy. For others, this can be a very difficult way to make a living. The more you know before you get started, the better chance you have to find the career of your dreams.

Increase Your Chances For Success As A Chef Today

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The next thing to do to increase your chances of success in the culinary industry, after researching the position and possibly working in a restaurant or kitchen to make sure that becoming a chef is what you want to do, is to complete and utilize all the education you have attained up until this point. For those that are finishing high school, make sure to complete your courses satisfactorily, as these will be very beneficial in a culinary institute as well as on the job. You may not realize this now, but the skills learned in each stage of education, whether high school, college or even graduate school can be leveraged in a top chef position, throughout restaurants and kitchens worldwide. For those who have a college degree or higher, even if it is in a totally different field, do not despair. These skills will undoubtedly assist you in your pursuit of a culinary degree and career.

Courses such as math, accounting, history, psychology, applied sciences, anthropology, economics, marketing, art and even music can be extremely beneficial to a chef. Especially if the food you are creating is international, regional or has a rich history. The more a chef knows about the world around him, the more he or she will understand about the food they are preparing, the customers they are serving, the processes they are using to run their kitchen, the employees and personnel working for and around them and the way their establishment is run, funded and marketed to the public. Every skill can be utilized in some way.

Your Skills Can Help You To Decide Where To Specialize

As you gain knowledge and experience in the culinary arts through your chosen program, professional internship and eventual job, pay close attention to where your specific skills lie. You will quickly learn what you are best at doing. Find out how to improve upon the areas where you are not as efficient, but do not forget to cultivate the areas where you excel. Many times, the skills you have gained before you enter the culinary field can help you in many ways. Different skill sets will compliment different areas of a culinary career. For instance, those who have excellent interpersonal skills may find that they excel in running a kitchen and directing the vast number of people it takes to run a top establishment, while others who have gained specific skills in marketing may find their time is better spent promoting the restaurant to the public. If you love history, culture or even speak a foreign language you may choose to concentrate your culinary career on international cuisine, providing your customers with great food as well as information on the region and culture where your dishes have come from. No matter what your skills, you will find a way to promote them in the culinary industry.

Culinary World would suggest, however, that you don't look to specialize too early. One of the benefits of a great culinary arts degree program is the exposure they present to many different types of cooking and culinary arts. Your degree experience should be a time to experiment as well as a time to learn. Find out about what is out there waiting for you in the wonderful world of culinary arts.

Find out more about the different types of programs available in your area. The find a school button will take you to a page that provides you with programs in a variety of culinary fields. Feel free to go to the State page as well, where information about culinary programs across North America is provided by state and region. Find a program that works best for you and your career aspirations. Today is a great day to get started!

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            Art of Cooking (D)
            • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
            • Students are taught cooking styles from around the globe, including Classical European, Asian, and Latin cuisine
            • Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a chef, with course topics that include Culinary Techniques, Management by Menu, and Nutrition
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef
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            Professional Cook Career Diploma
            Get your career started with an education from Spencerian College. Earn your certificate, diploma, or associate degree for a career in the allied health, technology, or business administration fields.
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            Baking and Pastry Arts
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

            Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

            Diploma in Pastry Arts
            • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
            • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
            • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
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            DIP - Pastry Arts
            Virginia College , Fort Pierce
            • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
            • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
            • Presents the full tuition cost up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
            • Provides career development associates to help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
            • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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            International Baking and Pastry
            • Has been training students in the culinary arts since 1946.
            • Teaches hands-on culinary training in French, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and American cooking, along with professional baking and pastry techniques.
            • Helps students gain professional skills in culinary management.
            • Offers an Italian Culinary Arts program where students get to externship in Italy.
            • Its instructors are respected chefs who put their dedication and life experiences into their instruction.
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            Baking & Pastry Arts
            Get the experience you need to succeed in the exciting and fast growing culinary field at Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts. We offer the flexibility of day or evening classes, experienced faculty, and small class sizes for plenty of personalized attention. Internship opportunities and financial aid are available for students who qualify.
            Culinary Arts

            Dorsey has been a trusted career training school in Michigan for over 80 years!

            We offer training programs designed to prepare our students for careers in fields such as healthcare, beauty, culinary, and skilled trades



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            • Offers career-focused programs in allied health, business, and computer technology, and more.
            • On-the-job training available through externships, internships, and clinical placements.
            • Graduates in good standing can take refresher sessions in courses at no additional cost.
            • Day and evening class options are available for flexible scheduling.
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