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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
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Cooking & Catering
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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            Platt College Oklahoma , Oklahoma City
            • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
            • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
            Culinary 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. 

            Pastry Arts - Diploma
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • A private post-secondary institution of higher education serving south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland since 1967.
            • Offers associate degrees in specialized business and specialized technology, as well as programs leading to professional certifications and diplomas.
            • Gives each student their own career services specialist who helps keep them focused on their goals.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            Culinary Arts - Diploma
            • Recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year from 2010-2014
            • Day and evening classes are available for flexible scheduling.
            • Offers bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs in business, culinary arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, and more.
            • Takes a unique “Focused Learning” approach, where students typically take only one class per month to concentrate on one subject with one faculty member at a time.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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            The Chef's Academy , Morrisville
            • Listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
            • Offers intern and externship placement assistance for real-world experience.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality & restaurant management.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
            • 2 campus locations in Indianapolis, Indiana and Morrisville, North Carolina.
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            Culinary Arts
            • 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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            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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            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

            Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students.

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            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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            DIP - Culinary Arts
            Virginia College , Fort Pierce

            The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.

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            Diploma in Culinary 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).
            • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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            Culinary 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.