Kabir is the Owner/Chef at a popular Afghan-Mexican restaurant in California. While he was working in food service many years ago he was inspired to add his own native spices to Mexican flavors, and decided to open his own place. He loves his business, but wishes he could have finished college and advises students to continue their education.
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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