How to become a Chef

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If you love to cook so much that you want to make it your profession, consider becoming a chef. The path isn’t easy – it involves long hours, physical labor, and heavy competition – but the reward is the opportunity to design creative dishes, run a kitchen, or even manage a restaurant. Learn what education and experience you need to start your career as a chef.
 Part 1 of 3: Decide to Become a Chef
  1. Get a job at a restaurant. Whether you’re still in high school or are thinking about transitioning to culinary arts from a career already underway, the first thing to do is get exposure to the conditions, techniques, equipment, and culture that surround restaurant work.
    • Your first restaurant job doesn’t have to be prestigious. Apply to be a server at your local cafe, or work for your college’s catering service. Experience is important in the restaurant business…

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