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CHEF, IN-DEPTH: Good Food Is LIke A Drug

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Tyrone, a chef, describes what he likes most about his job, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that his work helps balance his life because he feels like a more complete person as a result of it. His advice for getting into the industry - as long as you have the drive and the passion, there's a good chance that you will succeed.

Degree: Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
Job Title: Chef & Inventory Clerk
Employer: Giant; Cozies

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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good</span> <span m='17032'>meal</span> <span m='17494'>filling you.</span> <span m='17956'>I know</span> <span m='18418'>you can understand</span> <span m='18880'>if you</span> <span m='19342'>ever went</span> <span m='19810'>to a fine</span> <span m='20100'>dining</span> <span m='20430'>restaurant.</span> <span m='22650'>It's</span> <span m='23015'>a</span> <span m='23380'>complete</span> <span m='24970'>experience</span> <span m='25365'>for</span> <span m='25760'>you,</span> <span m='26120'>something</span> <span m='26932'>that</span> <span m='27340'>you</span> <span m='28008'>remember</span> <span m='28506'>for a</span> <span m='29004'>long time</span> <span m='29502'>because it</span> <span m='30000'>was really</span> <span m='30498'>done right.</span> </p><p><span m='31494'>A</span> <span m='31992'>decision</span> <span m='32490'>that I</span> <span m='32988'>made</span> <span m='33486'>concerning</span> <span m='33984'>my</span> <span m='34482'>career</span> <span m='34980'>that</span> <span m='35478'>got me</span> <span m='35976'>to where</span> <span m='36474'>I am</span> <span m='36972'>today is,</span> <span m='37470'>again,</span> <span m='37968'>my</span> <span m='38466'>passion</span> <span m='38964'>and how</span> <span m='39462'>I feel</span> <span m='39960'>after</span> <span m='40458'>I've had</span> <span m='40956'>a good meal.</span> <span m='41480'>And</span> <span m='41630'>just</span> <span m='41810'>having</span> <span m='42110'>very</span> <span m='42340'>strong work</span> <span m='42660'>ethics.</span> <span m='43970'>You</span> <span m='44080'>want to</span> <span m='44550'>go into</span> <span m='44880'>something that</span> <span m='45090'>you like</span> <span m='45565'>doing,</span> <span m='46040'>and</span> <span m='46447'>you</span> <span m='46854'>take</span> <span m='47261'>pride in</span> <span m='47670'>your job.</span> <span m='47925'>It</span> <span m='48180'>just</span> <span m='48450'>makes you</span> <span m='48720'>feel like</span> <span m='49212'>a</span> <span m='49704'>whole,</span> <span m='50196'>complete</span> <span m='50688'>person</span> <span m='51180'>when you</span> <span m='51672'>like what</span> <span m='52164'>you're doing,</span> <span m='52656'>and you</span> <span m='53148'>feel that</span> <span m='53640'>you've</span> <span m='54132'>made some</span> <span m='54624'>key</span> <span m='55116'>decisions.</span> <span m='56100'>It's</span> <span m='56592'>a very</span> <span m='57084'>fulfilling</span> <span m='57576'>feeling.</span> </p><p><span m='60036'>How difficult</span> <span m='60550'>is it</span> <span m='60580'>to get</span> <span m='60990'>a job</span> <span m='61360'>in</span> <span m='61570'>my</span> <span m='61800'>industry?</span> <span m='62951'>It's</span> <span m='63442'>why I</span> <span m='63933'>opened.</span> <span m='64424'>People</span> <span m='64915'>have to</span> <span m='65406'>eat,</span> <span m='65900'>of course.</span> <span m='66220'>The</span> <span m='66310'>better you</span> <span m='66430'>are at</span> <span m='66760'>something,</span> <span m='69020'>you're</span> <span m='69260'>actually</span> <span m='69750'>always</span> <span m='69980'>going</span> <span m='70150'>to</span> <span m='70360'>be in</span> <span m='70430'>demand.</span> <span m='71200'>Because</span> <span m='71595'>if you're</span> <span m='71990'>good</span> <span m='72200'>at something</span> <span m='72440'>and you</span> <span m='72730'>like</span> <span m='72940'>what</span> <span m='73050'>you're</span> <span m='73170'>doing,</span> <span m='74520'>it's</span> <span m='74730'>going to</span> <span m='74870'>ask</span> <span m='75110'>your</span> <span m='75180'>creativity.</span> <span m='75870'>It's</span> <span m='76010'>going to</span> <span m='76220'>ask</span> <span m='76440'>your growth.</span> <span m='84040'>That</span> <span m='84190'>drive</span> <span m='84470'>is going</span> <span m='84750'>to be</span> <span m='85202'>about you.</span> <span m='85654'>And so</span> <span m='86106'>regardless of</span> <span m='86558'>whether</span> <span m='87010'>it's</span> <span m='87080'>difficult</span> <span m='87450'>to</span> <span m='87500'>get</span> <span m='87650'>into an</span> <span m='87950'>industry</span> <span m='88315'>or</span> <span m='88680'>not,</span> <span m='90480'>if</span> <span m='90775'>you</span> <span m='91070'>really</span> <span m='91260'>feel</span> <span m='91470'>that</span> <span m='91570'>you</span> <span m='91670'>can</span> <span m='91840'>do</span> <span m='92010'>it</span> <span m='92290'>and you're</span> <span m='92755'>passionate</span> <span m='93220'>about it</span> <span m='93685'>and you</span> <span m='94150'>have that</span> <span m='94520'>real</span> <span m='94710'>sense</span> <span m='94970'>of</span> <span m='95270'>stick-to-it-iveness,</span> <span m='97500'>I</span> <span m='97960'>believe</span> <span m='98330'>that there's</span> <span m='98700'>a good</span> <span m='99070'>chance</span> <span m='99430'>that you'll</span> <span m='99610'>succeed.</span> </p><p><span m='101680'>A</span> <span m='102180'>work-life</span> <span m='102870'>balance?</span> <span m='105300'>Well,</span> <span m='105460'>for</span> <span m='105600'>me,</span> <span m='106070'>it</span> <span m='106470'>stems</span> <span m='106730'>from</span> <span m='106960'>being</span> <span m='107220'>a</span> <span m='107660'>Christian.</span> <span m='109283'>So</span> <span m='109706'>I</span> <span m='110130'>call</span> <span m='110535'>upon</span> <span m='110940'>my</span> <span m='111080'>greater</span> <span m='111570'>power</span> <span m='112840'>to</span> <span m='113490'>give</span> <span m='113660'>me</span> <span m='113770'>the</span> <span m='113970'>proper</span> <span m='114960'>direction.</span> <span m='115920'>He</span> <span m='116180'>helps</span> <span m='116950'>balance</span> <span m='117340'>my</span> <span m='117480'>life</span> <span m='117880'>for</span> <span m='118110'>me.</span> <span m='119320'>So</span> <span m='119540'>work</span> <span m='119845'>and</span> <span m='120150'>life</span> <span m='120612'>become</span> <span m='121074'>almost one</span> <span m='121536'>for</span> <span m='121998'>me.</span> <span m='123370'>One</span> <span m='123650'>feeds</span> <span m='123790'>off</span> <span m='124045'>the</span> <span m='124300'>other.</span> <span m='124680'>I</span> <span m='124940'>enjoy</span> <span m='125400'>working,</span> <span m='125790'>and</span> <span m='127970'>according</span> <span m='128400'>to</span> <span m='128560'>what</span> <span m='128820'>he's</span> <span m='129030'>telling</span> <span m='129490'>me,</span> <span m='130420'>I'm</span> <span m='130885'>supposed</span> <span m='131350'>to</span> <span m='131815'>work.</span> <span m='132745'>It makes</span> <span m='133210'>me feel</span> <span m='133675'>like a more</span> <span m='134140'>complete</span> <span m='134605'>person.</span> <span m='135070'>So</span> <span m='135535'>it</span> <span m='136000'>balances</span> <span m='136255'>itself.</span> <span m='136510'>My</span> <span m='137010'>life</span> <span m='137120'>would be</span> <span m='137360'>miserable</span> <span m='138810'>without</span> <span m='139491'>having</span> <span m='139952'>strong</span> <span m='140413'>work ethics.</span> <span m='140874'>And</span> <span m='141335'>on</span> <span m='141796'>the</span> <span m='142257'>flipside,</span> <span m='143179'>strong</span> <span m='143640'>work</span> <span m='144110'>ethics</span> <span m='145170'>increase</span> <span m='145450'>my</span> <span m='145730'>style,</span> <span m='146030'>my</span> <span m='146330'>lifestyle.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255654,"video_id":"2701282638001","name":"67756896","duration":148095,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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