Chef

By Abbey Dungan

Job Description

A chef is a person who cooks professionally for other people. Traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional cook who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation.

Travel, Dangers, and Advantages

Travel:

As a chef, you have the opportunity to travel all around the world and learn how to cook different ethnic foods. However, there doesn't have to be a lot of travel. you can stay where you live and work for a restuarant. the job of a Chef is pretty flexible.

Dangers:

Since chefs work with food, there is always a chance that you could burn yourself, but that's not too likely, since you're a professional.

Advantages:

Being a chef, you get the chance to cook for others and seeing them enjoy the food you've made them. Also, you can choose what kind of job commitment you want. Depending on where you work, you can have a very serious job, or a very relaxed job.

Education

To become a chef, you dont have to go to culinary school, however most successful chefs do. Ideal curriculums to take include classic French culinary techniques, knife skills, sauce and stock preparation, how to identify quality food products, and facts about seasonings. You also want to know styles of cooking from Mediterranean and Latin American to Asian and Regional American. Palate development and kitchen management are also good things to learn.

Universities for Cooking

Idaho State University and Drexel University offer training to become a chef.

Salary

Pastry Chef
The salary range for a pastry chef starts at $34,000 and goes to a little over $51,000.
Sous Chef
The starting salary for the sous chef ranges from $35,000 to just under $40,000. More experience results in a higher pay scale.
Assistant Chef
The average salary for an assistant chef is around $35,000 annually.

Sushi Chef
The salary for the sushi chef can start at $25,000 for someone with little experience and grow to $70,000 for a sushi chef with years of experience.
Executive Chef
The executive chef with a short time of experience in the kitchen starts out averaging $50,000 or more a year. As their experience and reputation grow, the salary can increase to over $85,000 annually. The higher figures are generally offered by five star hotels and restaurants in the larger cities.