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    An Introduction to Food Styling

    An Introduction to Food Styling
    I have been in the Food Styling business since 1995 after graduating from Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco; 6 months earlier, I had decided to change careers, leaving corporate America to pursue my passion for food. When I started cooking school I had never heard of food styling as a career, but the first time someone told me about ...
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    How Culinary Internships Can Get You a Job

    Have you considered the importance of a culinary internship? Partway through my time at St. Olaf College, I realized I was spending more time working at restaurants as a cook than studying for class and I knew that the culinary world is where I wanted to be. I did want formal culinary training, though, so a week after dropping out ...
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    STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

    STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply
    Once you've amassed some culinary skills and experience, it'll be time to apply for a job or apprenticeship in the kitchen. Be sure you have a stand-out résumé, an impeccable cover letter, and have brushed up on your interview skills. Follow our expert advice on honing your job search, applying for, and landing the job. h4. *Your Cover Letter and Resume* ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming a Chef

    5 Steps to Becoming a Chef
    You live for food: Eating it, preparing it, re-inventing it, presenting it, sharing it. No wonder you're thinking about turning your passion for the culinary arts into a career. But where do you start? Follow the best step-by-step guide out there that takes you from conception to reality. STEP 1: "Research the Field":/benefits/148-step-1-research-the-field STEP 2: "Decide If Becoming a Chef Is ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding lead an otherwise satisfactory employee to the chopping block. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever got the job ...
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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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    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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    12 Networking Tips for Culinary Conventions

    Culinary conventions can be a great way to meet other culinary professionals, keep up with what's hot in the culinary industry, and experience a new city. They can also be a great opportunity to show off your food and wine if you get a booth. Recently, Chef's Blade went to SFChefs.Food.Wine and even as networking veterans, we learned a lot. ...
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    How Not to Fail as an Executive Chef

    Why fail when you can succeed as an executive chef! What does it take to be a professional executive chef? Baking and Pastry, Mastering the Art and Craft by The Culinary Institute of America says that “a professional makes a living from the practice of a craft. Rather than viewing work as simply a means to an end, true professionals ...
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    How to Start a Bar/Club

    How to Start a Bar/Club
    Friends, laughter, celebrations, entertainment--fun! These are the things that might come to your mind when you think about owning your own bar as you imagine rooms filled with friendly conversation, music and people enjoying themselves. If you're thinking of opening a sports bar, you might envision an exciting game on big-screen TVs with everyone cheering and having a great time. Owning ...
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    Guide to Culinary Careers Outside the Kitchen

    Guide to Culinary Careers Outside the Kitchen
    In addition to the kitchen and dining room positions, a growing number of less traditional opportunities exist, many of which do not involve the actual production or service of foods. Food and beverage managers oversee all food and beverage outlets in hotels and other large establishments. Consultants and design specialists will work with restaurant owners, often before the restaurant is even ...
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    Who's Who: Food & Beverage Service Occupations

    Who's Who: Food & Beverage Service Occupations
    Food and beverage serving and related workers are the front line of customer service in restaurants, coffee shops, and other food service establishments. These workers greet customers, escort them to seats and hand them menus, take food and drink orders, and serve food and beverages. They also answer questions, explain menu items and specials, and keep tables and dining areas clean ...
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    What's Wrong With Personal References?

    What's Wrong With Personal References?
    How could your sixth-grade teacher, next-door neighbor, or golfing buddy comment on your management style, responsibilities or the quality of your performance on the job? The answer: They can't. Often, job seekers think a "personal" reference is someone they've worked with who also happens to be a personal friend. In my book, that's a business or professional reference because of the ...
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    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace

    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace
    Workplace dysfunction may be funny when you’re watching “The Office,” but it’s serious business when you’re trying to cope with it every day. The good news is that it doesn’t have to bring you down. Nobody says dealing with dysfunction is easy, but if you follow this advice, chances are you can at least stay above the fray: #1: Step Away ...
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    How to Deal with Difficult Diners

    How to Deal with Difficult Diners
    Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach He doesn't like where he's sitting. He orders something not even remotely on the menu. His food is too cold, too spicy or both. He wants what he wants, he wants it now, and he'll be vocal to get it if necessary -- even if it means causing a scene. He's the quintessential difficult diner, ...
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    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)

    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)
    Taking mornings, afternoons, or even entire days off from work is nothing to be ashamed of. Especially because the base labor in many career fields is becoming abstracted, allowing for the possibility of video-conferencing and telecommuting, there is often nothing wrong with working from home, or putting in a few hours after work one day and arriving late the next. And ...
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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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    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do

    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    Restaurant Success: The Main Ingredients

    Restaurant Success: The Main Ingredients
    From poultry to pirogi, steak to grits, Americans are hungry for good food and unique dining experiences. The National Restaurant Association says that in 2005 (the latest year for which statistics are available), the average household expenditure for restaurant food was $1,054 per person, or $2,634 per household. And considering the 300 millionth American was born in late 2006, it’s clear ...
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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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