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COOK/BARTENDER, IN-DEPTH: You Can Take These Skills To Work Anywhere In The World

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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.

Job Title: Cook and Bartender

Job Summary: Chefs and Cooks

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Culinary Federation.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Home, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Associate degree
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<span m='13400'>walking</span> <span m='13820'>home with</span> <span m='13940'>money</span> <span m='14210'>every</span> <span m='14350'>day</span> <span m='14540'>in</span> <span m='14620'>your</span> <span m='14730'>pocket,</span> <span m='15170'>which</span> <span m='15460'>is always</span> <span m='15650'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='18860'>I</span> <span m='19180'>like</span> <span m='19390'>working</span> <span m='19620'>with</span> <span m='19760'>people,</span> <span m='20090'>so</span> <span m='20390'>for</span> <span m='20530'>me</span> <span m='20680'>it's</span> <span m='21670'>something</span> <span m='21910'>I</span> <span m='21980'>enjoy</span> <span m='22240'>doing.</span> <span m='22970'>But</span> <span m='23100'>sometimes</span> <span m='23450'>you're</span> <span m='23960'>overwhelmed</span> <span m='24280'>at your</span> <span m='24600'>job</span> <span m='25030'>and</span> <span m='25730'>you're</span> <span m='26160'>constantly</span> <span m='26610'>hustling,</span> <span m='27110'>and</span> <span m='27240'>moving,</span> <span m='27620'>and</span> <span m='27690'>running.</span> <span m='29230'>And</span> <span m='29970'>customers</span> <span m='30450'>demand</span> <span m='31150'>to</span> <span m='31440'>have</span> <span m='31670'>that</span> <span m='33460'>perfect</span> <span m='33800'>service</span> <span m='34120'>every</span> <span m='34280'>time.</span> <span m='34570'>But</span> <span m='34630'>when</span> <span m='34770'>you're</span> <span m='35190'>overwhelmed</span> <span m='35760'>and</span> <span m='35860'>busy,</span> <span m='36140'>it's</span> <span m='36290'>not</span> <span m='36460'>easy</span> <span m='36690'>to</span> <span m='36780'>do.</span> <span m='37130'>So</span> <span m='38280'>I</span> <span m='38350'>would</span> <span m='38470'>say</span> <span m='38610'>that's</span> <span m='38840'>the</span> <span m='38910'>biggest</span> <span m='39830'>challenge</span> <span m='40095'>of</span> <span m='40360'>it</span> <span m='40460'>all.</span> <span m='40740'>Other</span> <span m='40830'>than</span> <span m='40940'>that, it's</span> <span m='41280'>pretty</span> <span m='41770'>easy.</span> </p><p><span m='42620'>The</span> <span m='42710'>key</span> <span m='43040'>step?</span> <span m='45870'>Well,</span> <span m='46140'>I</span> <span m='46220'>don't</span> <span m='46360'>know if</span> <span m='46780'>there's</span> <span m='46940'>a</span> <span m='47260'>key</span> <span m='47450'>one</span> <span m='47480'>in</span> <span m='48200'>that</span> <span m='48400'>question.</span> <span m='49830'>I</span> <span m='50000'>guess</span> <span m='51660'>I</span> <span m='51820'>enjoy</span> <span m='52110'>what</span> <span m='52240'>I</span> <span m='52320'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='52690'>I</span> <span m='52970'>would</span> <span m='53130'>say</span> <span m='53340'>just</span> <span m='53540'>learn,</span> <span m='54100'>pay</span> <span m='54280'>attention,</span> <span m='54640'>ask</span> <span m='54870'>questions,</span> <span m='55870'>learn</span> <span m='56140'>the</span> <span m='56210'>next</span> <span m='56480'>job</span> <span m='56770'>in</span> <span m='56820'>the</span> <span m='56900'>restaurant</span> <span m='57370'>business.</span> <span m='58130'>I</span> <span m='58280'>do</span> <span m='58470'>everything</span> <span m='58860'>from</span> <span m='59240'>cook,</span> <span m='59440'>to</span> <span m='59580'>bartend,</span> <span m='60150'>to</span> <span m='60340'>manage,</span> <span m='60840'>wait</span> <span m='61080'>tables--</span> <span m='61620'>I</span> <span m='61860'>can</span> <span m='62010'>do</span> <span m='63170'>any</span> <span m='63370'>job</span> <span m='63650'>in</span> <span m='63740'>a</span> <span m='63790'>restaurant.</span> <span m='66860'>Which</span> <span m='67090'>is</span> <span m='67210'>also</span> <span m='67590'>better,</span> <span m='67820'>because</span> <span m='67990'>it</span> <span m='68050'>helps</span> <span m='68270'>you</span> <span m='68360'>always</span> <span m='68680'>find</span> <span m='68900'>a</span> <span m='68940'>job.</span> <span m='69780'>There's</span> <span m='69920'>always</span> <span m='70260'>restaurant</span> <span m='70700'>work</span> <span m='70950'>out</span> <span m='71120'>there.</span> <span m='71480'>When</span> <span m='71780'>you</span> <span m='71980'>look</span> <span m='72100'>in</span> <span m='72170'>the</span> <span m='72240'>papers</span> <span m='72860'>and</span> <span m='72970'>online,</span> <span m='73550'>you'll</span> <span m='73720'>see</span> <span m='74660'>90%</span> <span m='75120'>of</span> <span m='75170'>the</span> <span m='75250'>jobs</span> <span m='75750'>are</span> <span m='76510'>restaurant</span> <span m='76765'>and</span> <span m='77020'>you can</span> <span m='77230'>do</span> <span m='77360'>really</span> <span m='77570'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='79620'>The</span> <span m='79700'>more</span> <span m='79870'>experience</span> <span m='80390'>you</span> <span m='80470'>have,</span> <span m='81200'>the</span> <span m='81340'>better</span> <span m='81720'>jobs</span> <span m='82100'>you'll</span> <span m='82280'>find,</span> <span m='83430'>the</span> <span m='83530'>more</span> <span m='83680'>money</span> <span m='83900'>you'll</span> <span m='84070'>make.</span> <span m='84750'>But</span> <span m='85510'>food</span> <span m='85680'>industry,</span> <span m='88020'>you</span> <span m='88220'>can</span> <span m='88360'>get</span> <span m='88490'>in</span> <span m='89370'>any</span> <span m='89540'>basic</span> <span m='90160'>entry</span> <span m='90440'>level</span> <span m='90660'>food,</span> <span m='91510'>no</span> <span m='91660'>problem.</span> <span m='92240'>Like</span> <span m='92460'>I</span> <span m='92480'>said,</span> <span m='92760'>you</span> <span m='92880'>just</span> <span m='93070'>look</span> <span m='93210'>online</span> <span m='93670'>or in the</span> <span m='93890'>papers.</span> <span m='95060'>The</span> <span m='95520'>majority</span> <span m='96020'>of</span> <span m='96070'>the</span> <span m='96410'>entry</span> <span m='96650'>level</span> <span m='96880'>jobs</span> <span m='97170'>you're going</span> <span m='97535'>to find are in</span> <span m='97900'>the food service</span> <span m='98317'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='99570'>My</span> <span m='99700'>work/life</span> <span m='100170'>balance?</span> <span m='100520'>I</span> <span m='100600'>have</span> <span m='100710'>a</span> <span m='100760'>great</span> <span m='101180'>work/life</span> <span m='101670'>balance.</span> <span m='103210'>My</span> <span m='103370'>job</span> <span m='103680'>has</span> <span m='103780'>taken</span> <span m='104070'>me</span> <span m='104180'>everywhere.</span> </p><p><span m='105035'>I'm</span> <span m='105290'>from</span> <span m='105470'>Massachusetts</span> <span m='106160'>originally.</span> <span m='106210'>I</span> <span m='106700'>now</span> <span m='106860'>live</span> <span m='107000'>in</span> <span m='107080'>California.</span> <span m='108100'>I</span> <span m='108210'>lived</span> <span m='108450'>in</span> <span m='108520'>the</span> <span m='108600'>Caribbean.</span> <span m='111260'>Now</span> <span m='111500'>I'm</span> <span m='111670'>just</span> <span m='112020'>actually</span> <span m='112340'>taking</span> <span m='112740'>a</span> <span m='113080'>few</span> <span m='113230'>months</span> <span m='113540'>off</span> <span m='113860'>and</span> <span m='113990'>I'm</span> <span m='114080'>going</span> <span m='114190'>to</span> <span m='114240'>go</span> <span m='114370'>travel</span> <span m='114710'>South</span> <span m='114920'>America for</span> <span m='115390'>two</span> <span m='115530'>months.</span> </p><p><span m='117040'>So</span> <span m='117200'>when</span> <span m='117390'>you're in</span> <span m='117530'>the</span> <span m='117620'>food</span> <span m='117850'>business,</span> <span m='118990'>a</span> <span m='119040'>lot</span> <span m='119240'>of</span> <span m='119300'>times</span> <span m='119570'>you</span> <span m='119680'>can</span> <span m='119800'>get</span> <span m='119980'>that</span> <span m='120150'>kind</span> <span m='120320'>of</span> <span m='120570'>time off</span> <span m='122740'>and</span> <span m='122910'>you</span> <span m='123020'>can</span> <span m='123140'>travel</span> <span m='123480'>with</span> <span m='123650'>it.</span> <span m='124100'>You</span> <span m='124300'>can</span> <span m='124460'>take</span> <span m='125030'>your</span> <span m='125170'>skills</span> <span m='125610'>anywhere</span> <span m='126890'>in</span> <span m='126940'>the</span> <span m='127010'>world.</span> <span m='130050'>Cook</span> <span m='130320'>and</span> <span m='130900'>work</span> <span m='131090'>with</span> <span m='131210'>food</span> <span m='131510'>and</span> <span m='131850'>people.</span> <span m='132960'>It</span> <span m='133410'>definitely</span> <span m='133770'>affords</span> <span m='134070'>you</span> <span m='134300'>some</span> <span m='134850'>travel</span> <span m='135150'>and</span> <span m='136050'>different</span> <span m='136350'>things</span> <span m='136650'>in</span> <span m='136950'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":315557,"video_id":"2879312894001","name":"1520-Dennis-CookBartender2","duration":138299,"thumbnail_url":null}});