Anyone can become a chef if they're dedicated, have a passion for food and are willing to learn. There are three paths to becoming a chef:
1) . Get a job in the kitchen and learn through on the job training
2) . Get a professional culinary education at a culinary school.
3) . Teach yourself through volunteer experiences, reading and experimenting at home.
The degree to which you become recognized as a chef is determined by your ability to demonstrate food knowledge, industry knowledge, strong execution of culinary skills and creativity.
Scott recommends the following next steps:
- Look for culinary jobs on https://craigslist.org, facebook jobs, or other avenues where people are looking for help.
- Apply for culinary school. They often have loan programs to help you get started. The top school is CIA in napa: https://www.ciachef.edu/. Look here for other good options: https://thebestschools.org/rankings/best-culinary-schools/
- Buy some great cookbooks and start creating the foods that interest you. Here's a good list to get started: https://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/On-the-Shelves-of-the-Professionals