Dennis, a Cook and Bartender, describes what he likes most about his work, its challenges, his key decision, whether it's hard to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. He's traveled extensively and is about to tour South America for two months. If you are successful in this business you can take time off -- and take your skills anywhere.
Chefs and cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants or other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns.
Short-term on-the-job training
A growing number of chefs and head cooks receive formal training at community colleges, technical schools, culinary arts schools, and 2-year or 4-year institutions. Students in culinary programs spend most of their time in kitchens practicing their cooking skills. These programs cover all aspects of kitchen work, including menu planning, food sanitation procedures, and purchasing and inventory methods. Most formal training programs also require students to get experience in a commercial kitchen through an internship, apprenticeship, or out-placement program.
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