Monday, March 21, 2011

Let's ALL Become A Good Cook, shall we?

my nephew

I came across the site Panlasang Pinoy where I read this post about ways on becoming a successful chef. I'm not a novice but I must admit that my husband is a better cook than me. My mother used to tell me that men are the good cook among species (that I think was where we laughed hard).

Here are some ways to become a successful chef:

1. Have a passion for food

The best motivation is passion. Being passionate in what you do simply means loving what you are doing. As the popular saying goes “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Having a passion for food is the greatest quality of a successful chef.

2. Spend time in the kitchen

Spending some time in the kitchen means cooking meals more often than the usual. Try to be the official cook of the family. Get to know kitchen tools, equipments, and basic food preparation. This builds self confidence and can make you feel comfortable when working in other kitchens.

3. Get a Culinary Arts Job

Experience is important in every job. Getting a Culinary Arts Job will improve your cooking skills and will provide the experience needed in your journey towards being a chef. It is important to start at the bottom and master some skills. These skills will add value to yourself which you can leverage on as you climb the career ladder.

4. Attend Culinary Arts Schools

The most recommended approach is to get a formal education by enrolling in Culinary Arts Schools. There are several schools in Culinary Arts offering different Culinary Arts Programs suited your preference. Having a formal education will not only improve your cooking skills, it will also provide other skills necessary in the Culinary Arts Industry, such as menu planning, purchasing, and food service operation. Having a degree in Culinary Arts will also make it easier for you to land in Culinary Arts Jobs.

5. Get familiar with the industry

The Culinary Arts Industry is not limited to cooking alone. There are a lot more things to know; things that can be of valuable importance as you progress in your career. Try to know more about the industry; understand how restaurant businesses work; get ideas on how to operate a catering business.

6. Hone your skills

Even the sharpest knife needs to be honed to maintain its condition. Honing your skills means to perform over and over until you master them. Practice, practice, practice!

7. Persevere and be patient

A chef’s job is stressful and challenging. It requires long hours of work (sometimes with only short breaks) doing both physical and mental tasks. Patience is a must if you want to stick to your career. Expect stress and issues everyday, but do something about it. Persevere amidst the challenges. Never give up and continue to grow.

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