Chef Careers

careers for chefsCareer Overview

Chefs are also known as head cooks. It is their job to oversee the preparation and menu of daily food service in restaurants and eating establishments. A head chef will serve in supervisory positions over other cooks and food servers. They are often the most skilled cook in the kitchen and use their creativity top prepare food and new recipes that will keep their clientele coming back as regular, happy patrons. Chefs work long hours on their feet and often in stressful situations.

Education Requirements

Associates or Bachelor’s Degree

Most chefs have some post-secondary training and even a degree in tourism and hospitality or the culinary arts. Many head chefs will have gotten an associate’s degree or even bachelor’s degree in the culinary arts from a vocational college or culinary arts training center.

Top School’s for Chefs:

The Culinary Institute of America
The Arts Institute
Le Cordon Bleu
The International Culinary Schools
Executive Chef Schools in the U.S.

Career Trends

Average annual salary for chefs in 2008: $38,700
Jobs in 2008 for chefs: 103,300
Projected employment openings for chefs through 2018: 108,500

Related Jobs:

Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
Food Processing Occupations
Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers
Food Service Managers

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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