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    Where Education Fits in a Culinary Career Path

    Where Education Fits in a Culinary Career Path
    On-the-job training is most common for fast-food cooks, short-order cooks, and food preparation workers. Chefs and others with more advanced cooking duties often attend cooking school. Vocational training programs are available to many high school students, but advanced positions usually require training after high school. Experience, an ability to develop and enhance cooking skills, and a strong desire to cook are ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails before his shift, in the kitchen – hello, health inspection! Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. ...
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    What Makes a Successful Chef

    What Makes a Successful Chef
    Have you ever envisioned yourself as a glamorous executive chef who goes to “Iron Chef” and cooks everybody else’s bum to another planet? You are not the only one. Becoming a chef can be a good career move only if you have the right personality, and it is definitely not as glorious as it seems on TV. Working under constant pressure ...
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    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets

    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets
    Do you know as much about what goes into the food as you do about serving? Can you manage menu planning and food presentation? Do you understand how purchasing supplies and equipment affects a food-service organization's bottom line? If you're a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the restaurant business, a banquet manager position might what your career appetite. Big Business Banquet ...
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    7 Reasons Opening a Restaurant Should Scare You

    Have you always dreamed of opening a restaurant? So you’ve got the bug. You just can’t help but get up everyday and cook for someone and then serve it to them. All right, all right…but don’t say I didn’t warn you: Starting a restaurant ain't easy! Every actor must play Broadway, every Opera Singer must play the Met, and you…you ...
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    Love in the Work Kitchen

    Roberta Chinsky Matuson | Monster Contributing Writer Could the love of your life be in the station right next to you? You've been working 12-hour days in the kitchen for years, and the promotion to head chef is so close you can taste it. Everything is going according to plan - until a new coworker catches your eye. You see your ...
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    Is Your Job Actually Important to Your Restaurant?

    Every job in the restaurant is important, no matter how small! I’ve spoken to many restaurant professionals over the years, who believe they are in a worthless job with no future. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth; the only person in the restaurant with nowhere to grow is the owner! If someone feels this way about ...
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    What's a Personal Chef?

    What's a Personal Chef?
    Imagine this: you’ve been at work all day, and you’re exhausted. Maybe you’ve been working on a project for days on end, barely stopping to eat lunch along the way. Maybe you’ve been on your feet all day, so the only thing you want to do when you get home is relax. Not hard to imagine, is it? Everyone’s busy, and ...
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    Restaurant Apprenticeships

    Restaurant Apprenticeships
    Jamie Popp | Monster Contributing Writer On-the-Job Training Provides Invaluable Industry Experience Graduating from a recognized culinary school isn't necessarily the only path to landing your dream job as a chef in a posh restaurant. Apprenticeships are another option to help you break into the restaurant industry - and they don't require spending a lot of cash for an advanced ...
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    Look for Work in Troubled Times

    Look for Work in Troubled Times
    It's hard enough to job hunt in a thriving economy, but now, even the heartiest job seeker may be inclined to roll over and catch a few more z's rather than hit the streets. Don't quit looking before you start. Job hunting requires you to pull out all the stops and take the basics to a new level. You truly have ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams. Interested in a company and need to find a person to contact? Google away. Trying ...
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    10 Professional Food Styling Tricks

    There's lots to know about about how to style food, but here are a few food styling tricks. Enjoy! 1. BUYING FOOD: The first and most important thing to always remember is to buy the most beautiful and fresh food. I sometimes have to go through each piece of fruit or vegetable to find the best looking pieces. I’ve had many ...
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    How to Survive Culinary School

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student I can't think of many fields of work that are more fun, dynamic, and fascinating than culinary work, so I certainly don't want to scare anyone away, but culinary school is a meat grinder. I started school with around 45 people in my class and graduated with about ...
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    Career Profile: Executive Chef

    Career Profile: Executive Chef
    Job Description: Executive chefs, or head cooks, coordinate the work of the kitchen staff and directs the preparation of all meals. They determine serving sizes, plan and price menus, order food supplies, keep records and accounts, and oversee kitchen operations to ensure uniform quality and presentation of meals. Most executive chefs prepare the menu items that take the most skill, and ...
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    Career Profile: Chef de Cuisine

    Career Profile: Chef de Cuisine
    Job Description: The chef de cuisine reports to an executive chef and is responsible for the daily operations of a single kitchen. In a way, the chef de cuisine is the first-in-command on a day-to-day basis, managing all other food preparation employees, right from the sous chef to the pastry chef to the fry cooks. h4. *National Median Salary:* $43,019 h4. ...
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    Career Profile: Sous Chef

    Career Profile: Sous Chef
    Job Description: A sous chef, or sub chef, is the second-in-command and runs the kitchen in the absence of the chef de cuisine and executive chef. In a large establishment, the sous chef may be in charge of food production for one kitchen; in a smaller operation, the sous chef ensures that all food production workers are performing their duties as ...
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    Career Profile: Food & Beverage Director

    Career Profile: Food & Beverage Director
    Job Description: The food and beverage director oversees management, budget and operation of the food service establishment, catering services and kitchen, and maintains a close liaison with the sales department to ensure maximum profitability. h4. *National Median Salary:* $53,792 h4. *Education Requirements:* While many food and beverage directors have a background in the food preparation business, having attained degrees in the ...
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    Career Profile: Personal Chef

    Career Profile: Personal Chef
    Job Description: A personal chef is not a private chef! While a private chef is employed by one individual or family at a time, a personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the clients may enjoy them ...
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    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever

    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever
    Nearly every day, someone sends me a bit of astounding job-search advice from a blog or a newsletter. Some of this advice seems to come directly from the planet X-19, and some of it seems to have been made up on the spot. Here are 10 of my favorite pieces of atrocious job-search advice, for you to read and ignore at ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs

    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs
    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from ...
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