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WAFFLESMITH: Culinary Classes Plus Experience Landed This Fun Job

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Daniel is a Wafflesmith at a gourmet waffle shop. He's been in food service for about 6 years and has taken culinary classes at City College for extra preparation. He originally found a job in the industry through an employment agency and has worked consistently since, gaining new skills and training along the way. His advice: learn to cultivate different techniques to deal with stress.

Job Title: Wafflesmith

Job Summary: Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Job Description

Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in full-service restaurants, casual dining eateries, and other eating and drinking places.

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Short-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $20,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Flexible, Long hours, Part-time
Typical workplace
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Physically demanding, Military, Travel, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Strength/stamina, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
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High school degree
Associate degree
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m='18520'>yeast-risen</span> <span m='19170'>doing</span> <span m='19470'>with</span> <span m='19740'>pearl</span> <span m='20220'>sugar</span> <span m='20790'>inside.</span> <span m='21520'>So</span> <span m='21580'>when it</span> <span m='21900'>cook</span> <span m='22200'>it</span> <span m='22460'>has</span> <span m='22680'>a</span> <span m='23540'>shell of</span> <span m='23990'>sugar.</span> <span m='24355'>It's</span> <span m='24720'>really</span> <span m='24920'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='27600'>A</span> <span m='27680'>typical</span> <span m='28070'>day</span> <span m='28540'>is</span> <span m='29970'>just</span> <span m='30190'>opening</span> <span m='30610'>the</span> <span m='30720'>shop,</span> <span m='32159'>cleaning,</span> <span m='33290'>cleaning</span> <span m='33930'>up,</span> <span m='34610'>making</span> <span m='34980'>sure</span> <span m='35140'>everything</span> <span m='35540'>is</span> <span m='35690'>nice</span> <span m='35910'>and</span> <span m='36000'>pretty,</span> <span m='39070'>and</span> <span m='39720'>just</span> <span m='39930'>making</span> <span m='40220'>sure</span> <span m='40580'>I</span> <span m='40670'>have</span> <span m='40890'>everything</span> <span m='41270'>for</span> <span m='41390'>the</span> <span m='41500'>day.</span> <span m='43590'>Our</span> <span m='43790'>dough</span> <span m='44390'>is</span> <span m='44970'>made</span> <span m='45330'>locally</span> <span m='45740'>in</span> <span m='45860'>San</span> <span m='46020'>Francisco.</span> <span m='46752'>Our</span> <span m='47120'>company</span> <span m='47870'>started</span> <span m='48370'>out</span> <span m='49250'>as</span> <span m='49650'>a</span> <span m='49750'>wholesale</span> <span m='51180'>business</span> <span m='51860'>providing</span> <span m='52690'>waffles</span> <span m='53240'>to</span> <span m='55200'>Whole</span> <span m='55450'>Foods,</span> <span m='56450'>Rainbow</span> <span m='56790'>Grocery,</span> <span m='57710'>and</span> <span m='58740'>small</span> <span m='59710'>cafes,</span> <span m='60890'>like</span> <span m='61060'>Peet's</span> <span m='61340'>Coffee.</span> </p><p><span m='62440'>Basically</span> <span m='63010'>we</span> <span m='63160'>get</span> <span m='63400'>our</span> <span m='63450'>dough</span> <span m='64830'>made</span> <span m='65150'>in</span> <span m='65330'>the</span> <span m='65440'>big</span> <span m='65780'>factory</span> <span m='66570'>where</span> <span m='66810'>we</span> <span m='66910'>do</span> <span m='67060'>all</span> <span m='67260'>of</span> <span m='67450'>our</span> <span m='68100'>mass</span> <span m='68700'>production.</span> <span m='70740'>They</span> <span m='70960'>freeze</span> <span m='71310'>it</span> <span m='71410'>and</span> <span m='71590'>send</span> <span m='71860'>it</span> <span m='72010'>to</span> <span m='72210'>our</span> <span m='72680'>new</span> <span m='72900'>location,</span> <span m='74070'>our</span> <span m='74440'>storefront.</span> <span m='76650'>That's</span> <span m='76970'>where</span> <span m='77310'>we</span> <span m='77870'>make</span> <span m='78210'>them</span> <span m='78450'>to</span> <span m='78590'>order.</span> <span m='79790'>So</span> <span m='80040'>we</span> <span m='80140'>have</span> <span m='80410'>waffle irons</span> <span m='80860'>and</span> <span m='81390'>everything</span> <span m='81730'>else</span> <span m='82240'>ready.</span> </p><p><span m='83390'>Well,</span> <span m='83570'>straight</span> <span m='83890'>out</span> <span m='84060'>of</span> <span m='84310'>high</span> <span m='84500'>school</span> <span m='84860'>I</span> <span m='84930'>went</span> <span m='85110'>into</span> <span m='85580'>the</span> <span m='86880'>certificate</span> <span m='87810'>culinary</span> <span m='88310'>classes</span> <span m='89030'>at</span> <span m='89190'>City</span> <span m='89380'>College.</span> <span m='90315'>It was only</span> <span m='90680'>two</span> <span m='90850'>semesters,</span> <span m='92220'>free</span> <span m='92520'>tuition.</span> <span m='93870'>I</span> <span m='94110'>just</span> <span m='94340'>have</span> <span m='94450'>to</span> <span m='94510'>pay</span> <span m='94720'>for</span> <span m='96850'>utensils,</span> <span m='97770'>like</span> <span m='98050'>all</span> <span m='98290'>the</span> <span m='98750'>materials</span> <span m='99310'>you</span> <span m='99380'>need</span> <span m='99630'>for</span> <span m='99720'>the</span> <span m='99840'>class.</span> <span m='102080'>After</span> <span m='102500'>that,</span> <span m='102930'>I</span> <span m='103140'>just</span> <span m='105290'>really</span> <span m='105530'>fell</span> <span m='105880'>into</span> <span m='106200'>the</span> <span m='106500'>food</span> <span m='106740'>industry,</span> <span m='109420'>found</span> <span m='109690'>a</span> <span m='109760'>job</span> <span m='110230'>through</span> <span m='111100'>this</span> <span 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