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What are the basic requirements to get a job in culinary arts?

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Joseph Michael’s Answer

Hi Angel, I would say the most basic requirement is an interest in cuisine and a willingness to learn. The culinary industry can take you anywhere in the world you want to go and you can meet wonderful people. If you know how to cook well, plate well, and provide quality service you can have a job in any city you want to live in. It does help to be able to practice your public speaking do you can work well with a team of people. I also recommend working with mentors, therapists and other medical professionals as you age to learn to manage the stressed that come with working i the culinary field. It can be challenging work but for those who love food and the industry it is very rewarding.
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Tyler’s Answer

The basic requirements are being humble, an open book, caring for your guests, and able to work as a team.

As soft as these skills may seem, they are the hardest to master and remain consistent.

Basic requirements to get a job in the culinary field is listed in your state handbook.

Unless you went to culinary school, you will likely start as a prep or dishwasher. So this means if you know how to use a knife, temp a steak, understand basic culinary vocabulary, have a food handlers/serve safe, and willing to work any schedule that is convenient for your employer, you will definitely get the job.

If you have no experience, tell the employer this and convince them you will do your best to exceed expectations.

If you have experience, then you already know the answer.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for your insight. Angel
Thank you comment icon Hi Tyler! This is great advice. In addition to these soft skills, could you also add the educational or professional requirements? (If it varies, maybe just share your own path?) Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Terica’s Answer

Hello! The good news is, to become a chef, there is technically no formal education required and most are self-taught or work their way up from lower level kitchen positions. However, the more experience you have, the better. There are also certificate and degree programs in the culinary arts that can help you master the craft sooner than later!

Happy Cooking!
TJ
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Angel
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