Chef spends long hours standing and working with sharp knives, hot pans, and open flames simultaneously maintaining a positive and professional environment with staff members as chefs will mostly end up working minimum of 10-11 hours making the kitchen functioning smoothly.
It entirely depends on your passion & interest - This is not just applicable to culinary , its for any career that you choose. There should a driving force from within for you to pursue any career. Chefs command respect and often find themselves being asked advice on this recipe, orthodox technique & slowly the Gastronomy many more - aspects while career opportunities are a aplenty . Graduating from a culinary academy or training program does give the student an edge when seeking employment , most chefs and head cooks learn their skills through work experience. Others receive training at a community college, technical school, culinary arts school, or 4-year degree in Hotel Management / Culinary arts college.
All the Best !
Francine Marz, MBA, CEC
You can get into the business one of two ways... You can either get an entry level job in the industry and/or go to school like a community college or a private college. I recommend going to a Votech high school first to see if you like it and then go from there. Most Votech schools will give you college credit when you complete their program plus it's a great way to see if you like it before you invest the money to go to college.