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How much time did it take to get where you wanted to be?

I'm asking this question about culinary arts because I want to know if it's worth it.

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Peter’s Answer

As a Chef, we are life long learners. The journey is part of getting where you want to go, so enjoy it! If you have the passion, drive, luck and talent to make it in this industry, a reasonable time period is 10 years. Then you have to continue to learn, lead, follow and develop your team. Make sure you love the profession because it is challenging but can be very rewarding if you love what you do!

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Aline’s Answer

Hi Haley,
My best friend is a baker, the founder of Kara Kakes (@Kara_Kakes_ on instagram) and she went to the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City for 10 months, then graduated with the foundation to be able to start her own bakery. After gaining experience in the field at another local bakery, she decided to take her creativity to the next level and opened her own business.
Hope this helps,
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Eugene’s Answer

Full disclosure: I do not work in culinary arts or anything related to it. I have, however, been working for over 20 years, have had a bunch of different jobs, a few different careers, and have coached many others on their careers.

First piece of advice: Run your own race. People are often too concerned about getting where they want to be in some amount of time because someone else did it that way or because they've set arbitrary/random goals for themselves. Don't worry too much about how long it took someone else to get whatever job.

Second: How much time it takes to get somewhere depends entirely on where exactly it is you want to be. Do you want to be head chef somewhere? Own your own restaurant? Run a food truck? Be on TV? Start with your goals and work backwards from there.

Third: Accept that nothing worth having ever came easy. You will have to grind for years (and years) to get anywhere good. That doesn't mean you should be satisfied with a job that doesn't fulfill you. But as long as you can still see the path from where you are to where you want to be, you stay sharp and open to new opportunities to move forward, and work your hardest, then as others here have said, try to just enjoy the journey!
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Christopher’s Answer

I've been in this industry, hospitality for over 30 yrs and specializing in the culinary arts for the past 15 yrs and I'm constantly improving learning and perfecting my craft. If you're passionate about something, you never settle for just being "ok" or "average ". You want to find your niche and master it. Continually improving and evolving to keep pace with trends and what your clients want. It's a lifelong journey. It ends when you've lost that spark, that passion to cook
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