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Is it necessary to take a specific class in order to take Culinary Arts?.

Hello, I am a student who is just starting job corps in culinary arts. I am interested in culinary art in the cooking skill and becoming a chef, but I have some doubts about it.

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Joe’s Answer

Hi Karla

Is great you like to be part of the culinary industry and becoming a chef, there is no specific classes needed when it come to becoming a chef, you do need to know and have basic comprehensive skills, remember that creating a dish any for that matter involves knowledge of flavors, what spices go well with specific foods, combinations, etcetera, depending on how far you want to go in the art there are many fields of focus, if you want to be come a serious chef, I would totally recommend to take some classes at a college level at least, get ideas from all your relevant sources, social media like YouTube offers a world of ideas, tips and tricks that make a difference when creating a dish, another thing you may be interested is in other culture, state or world wide dishes, American, Latin, Middle Eastern Asian, African, French, Italian, Russian, English to mention some all have their own way of creating dishes and use of ingredients and spices, knowing more about them, the culture will make you a better more well rounded chef, gather all information from any source, if you go to a restaurant for example never be afraid to ask how a dish was made specially if is liked ;-) that will increase your knowledge and make you an even better chef.
Oh yeah and always try things, you never know what you might love and hate. (of course all within reason, and never jeopardize your health or the health of others)
All the best!
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Susie M.’s Answer


Hi Karla,

It is not necessary to take specific classes for a culinary career. Often, individuals learn on the job. However, to master the art of cooking and to understand the science behind cooking is important. I would consider a food science class, a knife skills class and do a lot of reading from all kinds of regional and plant-forward cook books to get an understanding of how food is prepared.
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