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Do you have to go to collage to be a chef?

How much of collage to be completed to get your ged?
How many years does it take to get your teaching degre?

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Frank’s Answer

James is correct in every detail in his report.

In my case its a little different.

Here is my story. When I was aged 16 living at home with my parents and unemployed my father insisted that he would take me to the local government employment office each day ( this was the early days before computers). I had left school at 15 years of age and taken on an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. ( It was a gentleman's agreement between my father and myself and the employer). Unfortunately due to a worldwide recession I and 9 other employees were laid off work at the garage.

One day I just walked into the employment office and the man behind the desk told me a listing for an apprentice bread baker & flour confectioner had just landed on his desk . The local bakery was in need of an apprentice and was I interested?

My father was very positive and told me: "Frank you can still learn a trade and one day run your own Bakery".

I went with my father and mother to the interview with my school reports and was offered a three month trial to see if I would be a good fit.

Then if we all agreed that I had shaped up to be a good worker during the trial then we would all sign the indenture papers and Frank would be sent to Bakery School one day a week for 4 years.

I attended bakery training in bread-making, flour confectionery, accounting, food science, food technology, hygiene, test-baking, cake-decorating, microbiology, business studies, etc. at Liverpool College of Technology and then later more business and accounting studies at Liverpool College of Crafts & Catering. I also went on to study for the National Diploma of Baking at the National Bakery School in London.

Plus I also studied and passed the City & Guilds course "Further Education Teachers Certificate" for part-time bakery teachers.

The main qualifications were from the City & Guilds of London Institute. I passed every practical and theory examination.

Then with my copy of the indenture and references from College Head Teacher and Employer I became a Journeyman Bread Baker & Flour Confectioner. With my wife we ran our own bakery "Oldfield's Patisserie" in Australia for 5.5 years.

Journeyman and Journey-ladies are in high demand throughout the world.

Please if you have some questions check me out here: https://www.careervillage.org/users/74836/Frank
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James’s Answer

No Degree Required You don't need a college degree to get an entry-level job in the food service industry. However, to become a chef -- the leader of a commercial kitchen staff -- you must keep track of your own training efforts and seek cross-training opportunities as they arise.
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