Cooking is one of the best hobbies to engage into. Being able to make something spectacular from scratch to come up with creative dishes gives us an awesome feel. I remember the first time I made a meal on my own, it was scrambled egg and you can imagine how it felt. I used to keep my mom company whenever she was in the kitchen and I could never let my eyes off the cooker until she was done. This is where I got my inspiration and as time passed by, I realized this is what I was meant to be, a cook. However, for those of you who aspire to engage in culinary arts, it’s good to know that this is not a walk in the park as it involves physical labor, long working hours, and heavy competition, but, the results are rewarding. Here is how you can succeed in this career:
Enrolling in a culinary arts institution
Joining a cooking school is not a bad idea. This is where my career begun. Even though I could make numerous creative dishes, I knew that joining a culinary art school could give me a leg-up to becoming a chef and getting hired in a good restaurant. There are numerous programs offered at these schools and you can gain more skills.
Create a pretty resume
By a pretty resume, I don’t mean decorating your resume with all sorts of colors and formats. I mean coming up with an outstanding and job winning resume. Resume writing is such a crucial skill and if you are not sure of your resume writing skills, you need to get an expert do it for you. There are numerous experts capable of crafting numerous resume ranging from resumes for medical receptionist to a high ranking manager resume. I had a friend who was a teacher and she wanted to apply for a job as a substitute teacher, she hired an expert and got an awesome substitute teacher resume that instantly got her the job. To get a cooking job, come up with a resume that presents you as qualified, even if you are a self-taught cook; make a resume that represents you well.
Get a job at a restaurant
Whether you are still in school or not, if you are interested in culinary arts, you need to get exposure to the techniques, conditions, and conditions that surrounds the work. Your first job must not be prestigious. You can apply as a server at your local restaurant since experience is very important in this field. As for me, I started by helping my colleague in his café and that helped me a lot.
Practice at home
Cooking in a restaurant is different from cooking at home, but you need to familiarize yourself with numerous foods and techniques, knives, and other kitchen equipment.
Have a passion for cooking
Not just anyone can become a cook. It takes passion and dedication in flavors, trends, and awareness of the competition to succeed in this career. I used to regularly read cooking magazines, restaurant reviews, profiles of head cooks, and any other literature related to culinary arts to gain a deep understanding of the field. To some people, this is boring but if you have the passion, it is very fun. Besides, what can be more fun than doing what you love doing most?
Well, in conclusion, even as you climb up the ladder, to remain there you need to keep abreast of the latest food trends and keep your culinary skills sharp. Whether it’s the right time or not, you will find yourself being promoted to an executive or even end up opening up a branch of your own. All the best!