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Kabir, the Owner/Chef at a popular Afghan-Mexican restaurant, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, and how he balances work and personal life. There's a lot of freedom in having your own business -- he can cook and serve anything he wants -- but it can be tough balancing work and family.

Job Title: Owner/Chef

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
National Statistic Change Location
$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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m='17500'>tough.</span> <span m='18800'>Because you're</span> <span m='19120'>not</span> <span m='20610'>independent.</span> <span m='21902'>You</span> <span m='22360'>have to</span> <span m='22470'>stay</span> <span m='23560'>always</span> <span m='24180'>in the</span> <span m='24350'>business.</span> <span m='29720'>I think</span> <span m='29860'>that's</span> <span m='30060'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='30970'>The</span> <span m='31060'>only</span> <span m='31350'>thing</span> <span m='31690'>I</span> <span m='31810'>have</span> <span m='31980'>for</span> <span m='32030'>family.</span> <span m='33170'>I</span> <span m='33430'>have three</span> <span m='33890'>boys.</span> <span m='34110'>The</span> <span m='34490'>only</span> <span m='34800'>thing</span> <span m='35140'>if</span> <span m='35670'>you have your</span> <span m='35880'>own</span> <span m='36080'>business.</span> <span m='36780'>Most of</span> <span m='37350'>the</span> <span m='37790'>time,</span> <span m='38040'>I</span> <span m='38160'>stay in</span> <span m='38360'>the</span> <span m='38460'>business.</span> <span m='38860'>I don't</span> <span m='39180'>have</span> <span m='39350'>time</span> <span m='39710'>to see my</span> <span m='39930'>kids</span> <span m='40700'>sometimes.</span> <span m='41110'>That's</span> <span m='41460'>the</span> <span m='41810'>only</span> <span m='42100'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='43640'>And</span> <span m='45591'>I</span> <span m='46040'>know</span> <span m='46160'>I</span> <span m='46830'>can</span> <span m='46990'>go</span> <span m='47390'>and</span> <span m='47480'>play</span> <span m='47830'>with</span> <span m='47990'>my</span> <span m='48110'>kids.</span> <span m='48520'>I</span> <span m='48890'>take them</span> <span m='49200'>somewhere</span> <span m='49450'>to</span> <span m='49560'>the</span> <span m='49680'>park.</span> <span m='49980'>And</span> <span m='50170'>the</span> <span m='50240'>only</span> <span m='50510'>thing,</span> <span m='51010'>I'm</span> <span m='51750'>a</span> <span m='52208'>little bit</span> <span m='54040'>not</span> <span m='54498'>independent.</span> <span m='55880'>To take</span> <span m='56050'>my</span> <span m='56170'>family</span> <span m='56670'>and</span> <span m='56810'>stay</span> <span m='56930'>with</span> <span m='57080'>my</span> <span m='57200'>family.</span> <span m='58990'>And</span> <span m='59600'>I</span> <span m='59740'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='61420'>For</span> <span m='61590'>example,</span> <span m='62100'>if</span> <span m='62190'>I</span> <span m='62300'>work</span> <span m='62530'>for</span> <span m='62660'>somebody</span> <span m='63170'>who</span> <span m='63210'>just</span> <span m='63480'>works</span> <span m='63860'>a</span> <span m='64330'>couple</span> <span m='64849'>hours</span> <span m='65260'>and</span> <span m='65420'>then</span> <span m='65580'>goes</span> <span m='65840'>and</span> <span m='66247'>stays with</span> <span m='66654'>family.</span> <span m='67061'>And</span> <span m='67470'>business</span> <span m='68160'>is a</span> <span m='68641'>little bit</span> <span m='69122'>tough.</span> </p><p><span m='71530'>And</span> <span m='72620'>it's</span> <span m='73030'>very</span> <span m='73330'>tough.</span> <span m='74250'>And</span> <span m='74500'>very</span> <span m='74920'>hard</span> <span m='75140'>to</span> <span m='75300'>work in a</span> <span m='75960'>restaurant.</span> <span m='76460'>And</span> <span m='76700'>know</span> <span m='76810'>if</span> <span m='77050'>you</span> <span m='77160'>have</span> <span m='77300'>a</span> <span m='77370'>business,</span> <span m='77860'>it's</span> <span m='78030'>very</span> <span m='78360'>tough.</span> </p><p><span m='79880'>You can</span> <span m='81410'>cook</span> <span m='81710'>everything,</span> <span m='82630'>clean</span> <span m='82760'>everything.</span> <span m='83540'>It's a</span> <span m='83630'>very</span> <span m='83970'>tough</span> <span m='84260'>job.</span> <span m='86140'>The restaurant</span> <span m='86260'>business</span> <span m='86570'>is a very</span> <span m='86830'>tough job.</span> </p><p><span m='88190'>The</span> <span m='88240'>only</span> <span m='88430'>think</span> <span m='88620'>I</span> <span m='88710'>love is</span> <span m='88910'>that</span> <span m='89040'>I</span> <span m='89550'>can</span> <span m='89740'>eat</span> <span m='90080'>anything</span> <span m='90220'>I</span> <span m='90320'>want.</span> <span m='93640'>This</span> <span m='93900'>customer.</span> <span m='94780'>I</span> <span m='95470'>can</span> <span m='95690'>cook</span> <span m='95910'>anything.</span> <span m='96360'>I</span> <span m='96490'>can</span> <span m='97180'>want</span> <span m='97500'>anything</span> <span m='97630'>I</span> <span m='97860'>can</span> <span m='98610'>eat.</span> </p><p><span m='99570'>OK?</span> <span m='99670'>That's alright?</span> </p><p><span m='99970'>That's perfect.</span> 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