Chef Training

A student interested in culinary arts can take a broad or narrow approach, learning about all types of cooking or a specific area, such as baking or regional cuisine. Continue reading to learn about education and career options in this field.

Inside Chef Training

Food preparation is the primary duty of a chef, but they may also supervise staff, plan menus, determine prices and order supplies. Chefs in restaurants or cafeterias often have varying hours and many people working under them. Personal chefs may work alone, for a single household or with a team of personal chefs employed by a company and assigned to various households. Caterers also hire chefs and other food preparation workers. The work environment can sometimes be hectic and filled with hazards such as hot surfaces, slippery floors and sharp objects. For more information about becoming a chef, check out some of the articles linked below.

Education Information

Certificates and associate's degrees are the most common programs available for chef education. Apprenticeships can be completed as well. Students can also specialize in a specific region's cuisine by attending foreign culinary institutes. An associate's degree in the culinary arts offers courses in food preparation, food safety and sanitation. Coursework often includes cooking basics, baking, regional cuisine and presentation. Chef training usually also includes business and management classes to help students learn how to manage people and run a kitchen effectively. The links below can help prospective chefs figure out the appropriate education choice.

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