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What companies are hiring for people who choose culinary arts?

I am a student at the San Jose Job Corps.

Thank you comment icon HI Bryan, there are no shortages of companies looking for culinary help, what you have to decide is what you feel are your strengths when it comes to culinary arts. Are you looking for a "job", show up do your work and go home. Nothing wrong with this approach if your personal time is important to you. If you are passionate about culinary arts and willing to put in the time to learn more about the industry that is a different approach. During time with Wolfgang Puck we quickly learned that "chefs" were coming to work for us to have the Wolfgang Puck name on their resume and not interested in making a real effort to achieve results at the location they were assigned. So we quickly had to shift our hiring discipline and find people that were interested in ensuring the brand and integrity of the concept was upheld. Try to figure out which path works for you based on your personality, either one works, just have to decide if you want a job or an adventure best of luck... Charlie Candelas

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Howard’s Answer

There are many different jobs available for Culinary and HRM. Look at local postings in your area. But first have an idea of what you want to do.
You have a lot to choose from in restaurants and hotels. Front of the house, back of the house, management, accounting, landscaping, maintenance, and more. Once you decide what you want to do. Get education and training in that area. Ask people in your neighborhood. Go to local hotels and restaurants. Ask if they need help and what qualifications you need. You have to start the ball rolling. Ask questions and get help.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Bryan !

Some of the companies that are currently hiring chefs in San Jose are: Aligned Systems, Oakmont Senior Living, The Watermark at Almaden, Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen, Aramark, Eurest, Valencia Group, Straits-Santana Row, Kings Fish House, Troon, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Radiate Hospitality, Invited, Epic, Top Golf, and DoorDash to name quite a few. These companies have employment notices out this week, so you'd have to do a search online at employment websites at the time you are ready to apply for the ones available to you at that time. They require a strong background experience in the position of being a chef. There are many more positions in the Bay Area, too. It all depends on exactly where you want to work.

If you go to Culinary School, you would get a well-rounded education and practical learning to become a Chef. At Culinary School, you will meet a lot of people that could help your career as you build up a reputation for being unique and skilled. There would also be opportunities for you at school to have trainings, events and learn everything there is to know to get your career started. There also may be job referrals for you once you graduate. It is a good idea to follow your current program with Culinary School.

You can get a Culinary Arts Certificate at Cabrillo College, Diablo Valley College, Laney College or at Mission College. Go to each of their websites and read their programs, length of time the program is, tuition and decide which one would be best for you. I have also provided a list below of other places where you can obtain training for culinary nearby where you live.

Job Corps can most likely provide job placement for you when you complete your program so that is a very fortunate first step for you. Meet with your instructors and visit any career counseling office there and I am sure that they can suggest opportunities and further training for you. You're on the right track ! Register at Indeed and Linked In to find out about more companies that are currently hiring for culinary professionals.

I wish you all the best !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

COOKING SCHOOLS NEAR SAN JOSE https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=cookingschools&find_loc=San+Jose,+CA
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James’s Answer

Hi Brian, This is tricky. I got into cooking because I was absolutely passionate about it. In those days--the seventies--one had to go to France to learn the latest innovations. I spent two years in France working in various restaurants. I spoke no French when I first got there, but with a lot of personal study, I ended up speaking it well. My suggestion: don't go to cooking school. I know this is unorthodox, but when I had my restaurant, I had the best luck with people who had no training, just a lot of enthusiasm. People from cooking schools had to be re-taught to do things the way I wanted them done. People with no training had less difficulty adapting. My suggestion is to take the money you would spend on cooking school, which, you no doubt know, can be very expensive, and go somewhere, somewhere that fascinates you, where you've always wanted to go. My place was France. I came home with a deep knowledge of a culture about which I had little inkling, I knew things that no one else knew and I was in demand. If, for example, you went to Hungary, you would come back with a sense of the cuisine seen with in the context of its own culture; this is invaluable. When you come back home, you will have something truly original to offer, not just the same things everyone learns in cooking school. I don't want to discourage you and this route is not for everyone, but keep in mind that culinary jobs can be very poorly paid. It's helpful to specialize.
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