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How would I become a professional chef.

I'm fairly new into the culinary world, what are some things that can help me get started.

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Jasmine’s Answer

Quincy - Time management skills, creativity, the ability to take both complements and criticism are important. Don't be afraid to experiment with different foods with colors and texture; start with cooking for your family, friends or classmates who can be a great sounding board on what works. Safety is #1! Become familiar with kitchen safety and check with a responsible adult before attempting to cook anything. Learn correct temperatures for things being cooked. All these things will prepare you for Chef life. Good luck on your journey!

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Tyler’s Answer

Work at a restaurant that is highly revered and work your way to the top. Then do it again and again until you feel that you can create your own successful menu and be proud of it. Professional chefs not only cook and create, but are leaders that train staff, keep them motivated and making sure operations remain efficient and consistent.
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Paul’s Answer

Quincy, the first thing I would say is definitely to find a place where you can get in and get some experience. If your first job is washing dishes, don't worry, that is one of the most important jobs in the kitchen and you can learn a lot just from doing that. Show dedication and work ethic and that can open the doors for more opportunities. Also, let the chef know that you want to learn and once you prove your self, you can be the next person they train on prep. Take notes on everything you learn, you can use this to go back and review as well as have available to refer back to when you move on to the next position.
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Lisa’s Answer

If you are able, I would suggest culinary school. The skills you learn there will be valuable. Also many of them have their own restaurants which will give you experience.
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