A CAREER IN CULINARY ARTS Mackenzie Jackson English1010
FOR THE LOVE OF FOODSo many people have a love for food, a passion that drives them into a career in culinary arts. My topic iscentered around this career, and the main question I intend to answer is‘What steps should you take in being successful in the culinary arts’.
CHOICES A career in culinary arts is a very broad term. The most wellsought after job is that of a Chef: A person who cooks professionallyfor others. However, a chef can be someone who runs a restaurantkitchen, caters, or is privately hired to be someones cook. A chefuses the finest and freshest ingredients available to create a creativedelicious dish that their clientele will remember forever. Being a baker,or a pastry chef, is another career path many choose to travel.
HOW TO START YOUR CAREER Practice, practice practice: study recipes, ask questions to thosewho have been cooking for years, and experiment at home. Work experience: strive to get a job in a kitchen, even if it bewashing dishes, and move your way up in the kitchen to line cook. Culinary school: Check out colleges that offer degrees in theculinary arts. Take a tour, ask questions, and make sure this is reallywant you want to do with your life.
A SUCCESSFUL CHEF HAS TO BE: + Hard working: expect long nights, weekends, and overtime + Cool headed: working in a restaurant is stressful, and you have to be calm to make things run smoothly+ A social leader: Being able to communicate with your staff positively and effectively. + Attention to detail + Creativity +Cleanliness + Passionate!
CULINARY SCHOOL Culinary school is a very personal choice, because every chef hastheir own opinion on whether a degree is really appropriate or not forbeing a chef. You can decide to start by cooking in a restaurant andlearning as much as possible and gaining real world experience.However, many culinary schools have great advantages.
DEGREE ADVANTAGES Many culinary schools are involved with the community. Students attend charityfunctions and competitions. They meet restaurant owners and people who havebeen in this business for years. You learn a lot of information about food and cooking in short amount oftime. You have an expert by your side to answer your every question and help toperfect your skills. A school’s career center can usually get your foot in the door of a highly ratedrestaurant. They do not promise you that you will be a well known chef, but giveyou the tools and resources for you to continue to pursue your dream.
THINGS TO CONSIDER Be sure that food is what you want to work with professionally.Working in the restaurant industry is not an easy task. Cooks work inextremely hot conditions, are on their feet for many hours, and receive avery poor salary. Though this seems negative, many chefs wouldn’t give itup for anything else. They mix their work with their play, and put all oftheir heart into their work. Also, a degree in the culinary arts is not cheap,and it takes many years of experience to get where you want to be. Youhave to remember that there is always something else to learn about food.
RESOURCES http://www.cookingschools.com http://www.allculinaryschools.com/ http://culinaryartsinformation.org/history-of-culinary-arts/ Becoming a Chef by Andrew Dornenburg http://www.becomingachef.com/
FEEDBACK Are there specific questions you have about culinary arts that youwould like me to answer in my paper? Any ideas for sources on this topic? Do you know of someone inthis career field? What are your views on this chosen career? Do you think it’s worthit? Do you believe someone does or does not need to attend culinaryschool to become a chef ?