Booker T. has owned a catering company for 15 years. He started out in this business as a dishwasher and then worked his way up to chef and decided to open his own business. He advises: if you're interested in becoming a chef and someone offers you a job as a dishwasher, take it! It's important to get experience in all areas of a restaurant.
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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