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PIZZA COOK: Consider Not Going To Culinary School, Work For Free And Gain Experience Instead

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Christopher works as a Pizza Cook at a popular pizzeria in Northern California. He describes what a typical day looks making pizzas, his varied career path in the food industry from culinary school to pizza cook and what he's learned working in a pizzeria. Christopher also provides some unusual advice about how to get good, practical experience in the food industry.

Degree: Asian Studies
Job Title: Pizza Cook
Employer: The Cheese Board

Job Summary: Cooks, All Other

Job Description

Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods, such as soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

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Short-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
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$15,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Teamwork, Strength/stamina, People skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

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<span m='16379'>doing</span> <span m='16600'>what</span> <span m='16770'>on the</span> <span m='17080'>shift,</span> <span m='17390'>but</span> <span m='17900'>sometimes</span> <span m='18390'>someone</span> <span m='18720'>will</span> <span m='18810'>go</span> <span m='18970'>up</span> <span m='19130'>and</span> <span m='19200'>make</span> <span m='19420'>the</span> <span m='19510'>dough.</span> <span m='19860'>We'll make</span> <span m='20130'>salads,</span> <span m='21760'>pretty</span> <span m='21970'>much</span> <span m='22170'>prep</span> <span m='22390'>everything</span> <span m='22780'>for</span> <span m='22890'>the</span> <span m='23000'>day,</span> <span m='23230'>and</span> <span m='23370'>then</span> <span m='24930'>we</span> <span m='25870'>bake</span> <span m='26070'>off</span> <span m='26230'>the</span> <span m='26320'>pizzas,</span> <span m='26720'>and</span> <span m='26780'>the</span> <span m='26870'>customers</span> <span m='27270'>come in.</span> </p><p><span m='27910'>I</span> <span m='28180'>found</span> <span m='28410'>this</span> <span m='28580'>job</span> <span m='28890'>by</span> <span m='29040'>route</span> <span m='29310'>of,</span> <span m='29480'>I</span> <span m='29700'>went</span> <span m='29890'>to</span> <span m='29970'>culinary</span> <span m='30340'>school</span> <span m='30720'>for</span> <span m='31110'>baking</span> <span m='31410'>and</span> <span m='31510'>pastry,</span> <span m='32560'>and</span> <span m='33900'>did</span> <span m='34160'>some</span> <span m='34370'>other</span> <span m='35150'>jobs</span> <span m='35550'>in</span> <span m='35850'>bakeries,</span> <span m='36700'>morning</span> <span m='36980'>shifts,</span> <span m='37380'>night</span> <span m='37766'>shifts.</span> <span m='38540'>It</span> <span m='38770'>moves</span> <span m='39080'>all</span> <span m='39240'>over</span> <span m='39320'>the</span> <span m='39420'>place.</span> <span m='39870'>But</span> <span m='40960'>this</span> <span m='41160'>is</span> <span m='41340'>just</span> <span m='42030'>one</span> <span m='42250'>step</span> <span m='42530'>along</span> <span m='42760'>the</span> <span m='42830'>way.</span> <span m='43990'>It's</span> <span m='44800'>trying</span> <span m='45030'>to</span> <span m='45110'>learn</span> <span m='45330'>different</span> <span m='45600'>things</span> <span m='45910'>in</span> <span m='45990'>the</span> <span m='46050'>industry.</span> <span m='46480'>I've</span> <span m='46610'>done</span> <span m='46790'>breads,</span> <span m='47840'>pastries,</span> <span m='48630'>chocolates,</span> <span m='50200'>plated</span> <span m='50540'>desserts.</span> <span m='51000'>And</span> <span m='51170'>so</span> <span m='51340'>it's</span> <span m='51880'>something</span> <span m='52230'>new.</span> <span m='52650'>There a</span> <span m='56000'>lot</span> <span m='56200'>of</span> <span m='56260'>different</span> <span m='56490'>things</span> <span m='56690'>to</span> <span m='56750'>do</span> <span m='57000'>in the food</span> <span m='57150'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='57800'>Cook</span> <span m='58180'>is,</span> <span m='58780'>you're</span> <span m='59200'>doing</span> <span m='59420'>what</span> <span m='59620'>your</span> <span m='59760'>chef</span> <span m='59980'>tells</span> <span m='60200'>you</span> <span m='60360'>what to</span> <span m='60540'>do,</span> <span m='60810'>and</span> <span m='60910'>that's</span> <span m='61980'>what</span> <span m='62080'>we</span> <span m='62170'>do</span> <span m='62320'>here</span> <span m='62540'>a</span> <span m='62590'>little</span> <span m='62720'>bit</span> <span m='62900'>more.</span> <span m='63750'>We</span> <span m='63960'>have</span> <span m='64019'>a little</span> <span m='64200'>bit</span> <span m='64310'>more</span> <span m='64459'>freedom</span> <span m='64830'>because</span> <span m='65680'>the</span> <span m='66070'>co-op</span> <span m='66400'>here</span> <span m='66670'>where</span> <span m='66810'>we</span> <span m='66900'>work,</span> <span m='67680'>a</span> <span m='67960'>little</span> <span m='68120'>bit</span> <span m='68270'>different</span> <span m='68540'>than</span> <span m='68650'>most</span> <span m='68910'>other</span> <span m='69280'>food places.</span> <span m='70990'>Technically,</span> <span m='71630'>everyone</span> <span m='71880'>has</span> <span m='72060'>a</span> <span m='72130'>say</span> <span m='72470'>and</span> <span m='72550'>everything</span> <span m='72850'>like</span> <span m='73040'>that.</span> <span m='75850'>So</span> <span m='75980'>we</span> <span m='76090'>all</span> <span m='76270'>talk</span> <span m='76480'>about</span> <span m='76700'>what</span> <span m='76810'>we</span> <span m='76920'>want</span> <span m='77120'>to</span> <span m='77190'>do</span> <span m='77440'>and</span> <span m='77820'>take</span> <span m='78270'>initiative,</span> <span m='78810'>things</span> <span m='79010'>like</span> <span m='79190'>that.</span> <span m='79750'>But</span> <span m='80620'>generally,</span> <span m='81020'>in</span> <span m='81090'>the</span> <span m='81180'>food</span> <span m='81360'>industry,</span> <span m='81770'>if</span> <span m='81880'>you</span> <span m='81970'>have</span> <span m='82120'>a</span> <span m='82180'>chef,</span> <span m='82810'>he's</span> <span m='83020'>telling</span> <span m='83260'>you</span> <span m='83350'>what</span> <span m='83520'>to</span> <span m='83590'>do.</span> <span m='83900'>It's yes,</span> <span m='84220'>chef, no,</span> <span m='84500'>chef.</span> <span m='85640'>Things</span> <span m='85870'>like</span> <span m='86060'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='89140'>So</span> <span m='89560'>this</span> <span m='89740'>is</span> <span m='89850'>a</span> <span m='89900'>lot</span> <span m='90070'>more</span> <span m='90590'>egalitarian</span> <span m='91760'>so</span> <span m='92150'>it's</span> <span m='92620'>fun.</span> <span m='93100'>It's</span> <span m='93310'>a</span> <span m='93870'>different</span> <span m='94160'>change.</span> <span m='94510'>A change</span> <span m='94790'>of pace</span> <span m='95217'>for</span> <span m='95644'>the food</span> <span m='96071'>industry for me.</span> <span m='96500'>For</span> <span m='96960'>myself,</span> <span m='97450'>I've</span> <span m='97560'>learned</span> <span m='97730'>a</span> <span m='97770'>lot</span> <span m='97940'>more</span> <span m='98100'>about</span> <span m='98290'>hotline</span> <span m='99180'>is</span> <span m='99580'>the</span> <span m='100110'>savory</span> <span m='100490'>side.</span> <span m='101120'>I've</span> <span m='101580'>dealt</span> <span m='101820'>with</span> <span m='101990'>more</span> <span m='102400'>sweets</span> <span m='103030'>and</span> <span m='103680'>desserts,</span> <span m='104120'>things</span> <span m='104350'>like</span> <span m='104500'>that.</span> <span m='105554'>I've</span> <span m='106370'>learned</span> <span m='106610'>a</span> <span m='106660'>lot</span> <span m='106840'>more</span> <span m='107070'>about</span> <span m='107310'>dealing</span> <span m='107570'>with</span> <span m='107690'>savory</span> <span m='108070'>items,</span> <span m='108590'>and</span> <span m='109970'>sauces,</span> <span m='110570'>and</span> <span m='110690'>things</span> <span m='110910'>like</span> <span m='111070'>that.</span> <span m='111300'>So</span> <span m='111746'>that's</span> <span m='112192'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='113530'>Consider</span> <span m='114040'>not</span> <span m='114260'>doing</span> <span m='114490'>culinary</span> <span m='114900'>school.</span> <span m='115520'>It's</span> <span m='115790'>not</span> <span m='115990'>always</span> <span m='116240'>necessary.</span> <span m='116820'>A</span> <span m='116880'>lot</span> <span m='117070'>of</span> <span m='117160'>places,</span> <span m='118640'>you</span> <span m='118830'>can</span> <span m='118990'>go</span> <span m='119150'>in</span> <span m='119230'>and</span> <span m='119310'>work,</span> <span m='120490'>find</span> <span m='120740'>a</span> <span m='120800'>restaurant,</span> <span m='121270'>sometimes</span> <span m='121550'>for</span> <span m='122090'>free,</span> <span m='122990'>for</span> <span m='123470'>a</span> <span m='123510'>year</span> <span m='123990'>or</span> <span m='124050'>more.</span> <span m='125010'>And</span> <span m='125370'>although</span> <span m='125620'>that</span> <span m='125820'>sounds</span> <span m='127720'>like</span> <span m='127980'>a</span> <span m='128039'>lot</span> <span m='128280'>to</span> <span m='128360'>ask</span> <span m='128645'>of</span> <span m='128930'>someone,</span> <span m='130199'>it's</span> <span m='131090'>sometimes</span> <span m='131580'>a</span> <span m='131630'>lot</span> <span m='131840'>cheaper</span> <span m='132100'>than</span> <span m='132450'>paying off</span> <span m='132865'>$100,000</span> <span m='133280'>in</span> <span m='133390'>debt.</span> <span m='134260'>I</span> <span m='134390'>didn't</span> <span m='134580'>have</span> <span m='134750'>that.</span> <span m='134980'>But</span> <span m='135230'>other</span> <span m='135430'>people</span> <span m='135700'>I</span> <span m='135760'>know have,</span> <span m='136090'>and the</span> <span m='136420'>pay in</span> <span m='136830'>the food</span> <span m='137230'>industry</span> <span m='137610'>is</span> <span m='137690'>generally</span> <span m='138040'>not</span> <span m='138200'>good.</span> <span m='138543'>But,</span> <span m='139230'>again,</span> <span m='140050'>the</span> <span m='140610'>co-op</span> <span m='141010'>here</span> <span m='141270'>is</span> <span m='141480'>very</span> <span m='141650'>nice.</span> <span m='142530'>It</span> <span m='142855'>pays</span> <span m='143180'>a</span> <span m='143230'>lot</span> <span m='143410'>better</span> <span m='143650'>than</span> <span m='143950'>most</span> <span m='144420'>food</span> <span m='144890'>industry</span> <span m='145250'>jobs.</span> </p><p><span m='147520'>But</span> <span m='147810'>that's</span> <span m='148040'>something</span> <span m='148320'>to</span> <span m='148390'>think</span> <span m='148570'>about</span> <span m='148930'>is,</span> <span m='149160'>if</span> <span m='149270'>you</span> <span m='149370'>can</span> <span m='149530'>get</span> <span m='149680'>into</span> <span m='149960'>a</span> <span m='150090'>good</span> <span m='150350'>restaurant,</span> <span m='151220'>work</span> <span m='151470'>for</span> <span m='151580'>free</span> <span m='151920'>for</span> <span m='152090'>several</span> <span m='152390'>years,</span> <span m='152680'>work</span> <span m='152910'>your</span> <span m='153010'>way</span> <span m='153190'>up.</span> <span m='154780'>See</span> <span m='154980'>what</span> <span m='155160'>they</span> <span m='155300'>can</span> <span m='155660'>talk</span> <span m='155900'>to,</span> <span m='156790'>a</span> <span m='157150'>good</span> <span m='157420'>line</span> <span m='157710'>or</span> <span m='158340'>head</span> <span m='158380'>chef.</span> <span m='158570'>See</span> <span m='159500'>if</span> <span m='159590'>they'll</span> <span m='159860'>let</span> <span m='160290'>you</span> <span m='160370'>in,</span> <span m='160635'>take</span> <span m='160900'>you</span> <span m='161240'>on.</span> <span m='161520'>If you</span> <span m='161835'>work hard,</span> <span m='162740'>elbow</span> <span m='163010'>grease,</span> <span m='163340'>all</span> <span m='163450'>that</span> <span m='163640'>stuff,</span> <span m='164140'>nose to the</span> <span m='164240'>grindstone,</span> <span m='165020'>sometimes</span> <span m='165500'>you</span> <span m='165580'>can get</span> <span m='165910'>a</span> <span m='166610'>comparable</span> <span m='168670'>education</span> <span m='169790'>in</span> <span m='170150'>the</span> <span m='170350'>trenches.</span> <span m='171050'>Build</span> <span m='171230'>your</span> <span m='171250'>resume</span> <span m='171670'>that</span> <span m='171880'>way.</span> <span m='173600'>Yeah.</span> <span m='174230'>There's</span> <span m='174380'>a</span> <span m='174430'>lot</span> <span m='174530'>of</span> <span m='174590'>different</span> <span m='174820'>ways</span> <span m='175180'>to</span> <span m='175360'>get</span> <span m='176790'>from</span> <span m='176950'>A</span> <span m='177030'>to B</span> <span m='177190'>in</span> <span m='177360'>the</span> <span m='177710'>food industry.</span> </p>","file":{"id":329427,"video_id":"2965951938001","name":"1660-Christopher-p-Pizza Cook","duration":179468,"thumbnail_url":null}});