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Cool Careers: Chef

Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy cooking or baking or creating new recipes? Then a career as a chef is perfect for you.


Training to Become a Chef

There are two ways to become a chef. First, you can attend a culinary school in your area that offers two-year or four-year programs. Or second, you can work as a chef’s apprentice, learning first-hand in an on-the-job setting. But it’s not quite that simple. Becoming a chef takes a lot of hard work and studying. You’ll need to excel in these areas: creativity, multi-tasking, determination, and co-ordination. And don’t forget, this career involves tons of stress and criticism.


Working Your Way to the Top

Like most careers, if you want to reach the top of your industry, you have to start at the bottom. In high school take cooking courses, and find a part-time job at a restaurant. Even if you’re a dishwasher, it still helps to get your foot in the door. Once you become a certified chef, you can still work your way up. Depending on your level of training, title, clientele and the venue you work for, your paycheck will move up too!


Where Chefs Work

Chefs are needed everywhere people pay to eat, and even sometimes where they don’t (like in the White House!) You don’t necessarily have to work in regular restaurants. You could work in cafeterias and hotels, golf courses and hospitals, or even for a catering company. And if you’ve got a travel bug, you could even work on a cruise ship!


Certification

There are many types of certified chefs (for example, Certified Sous Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, etc.). Becoming certified means that you have completed all the education and work experience required for your specific avenue of culinary arts. Every type of certification has different requirements. So check out the American Culinary Federation or the Canadian Culinary Federation (or the Culinary Federation in your area) to view the certification requirements.


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Best Thing to Cook on the Sidewalk?

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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Friends:
Next time she tells you, see if you can find any evidence that she did, bruise etc.  even if you find nothing that doesn't mean she hasn't. But she or you should tell an adult, or someone you can trust that is older. 
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"RavenClawRaina" wrote:Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME!  At first, I thought it sounded like ADD, but it wouldn't effect your memory like it is. If not, catch your mom while she's not rushing around. Maybe before she goes to bed or while she's making dinner. Maybe even while she's sitting down or send her a text for her to see when she can. I wish the best of luck with the stress! It most likely doesn't help with the APD; stress can add to just about any condition!
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
"iiDeadxInside" wrote:I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family. I would advise you to try and reach out to other authorities than friends and family. They'll be able to do more.
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RavenClawRaina
Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME! 
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iiDeadxInside
I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family.
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