Booker T., an owner of a catering company for 15 years, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to get his job, and work-life balance. He loves putting smiles on people's faces! And you learn to improvise when you show up and there's no kitchen.
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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