Tips to Succeed as a Chef

With the onslaught of celebrity cookery shows and glamorised representations of celebrity chefs on television, it is but natural to dream about donning a chefs uniforms and preparing artistic culinary treats in a designer kitchens. The advent and unparalleled popularity of Food Network and Cooking channels and shows like the ones hosted by Julia Child, Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis or Anthony Bourdain and movies like Julie and Julia have added fuel to this new fire – celebrity chefdom.

Importance of Training

Celeb chefs may be worshipped as demigods by women and men who love to potter about in the kitchen and experiment with new recipes. But becoming an executive chef at a top five star restaurant is another ball game altogether. It is not just a love or passion of cooking food for your family that catapulted the abovementioned celeb chefs to culinary stardom.

You need to perfect your skills, grill your own creative juices to come up with yummy new recipes and present your brainwave in an artistic manner that pleases both the palate and the senses, especially the eyes.

Degrees and diplomas from established and renowned culinary schools can help sharpen your skills and open up work opportunities for you. Household names like Giada de Laurentiis and Julia Child had to graduate from the elite Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts college of Paris before they embraced stardom in the TV world.

Opening your Own Restaurant

After serving as an entry level chef for a few years, you can be promoted to the post of head chef of your kitchen.

Heavy lifting will then be replaced by increased responsibilities such as managerial work, controlling food expenses, coordinating kitchen staff, supervising subordinates, presenting food correctly, ensuring quality, looking after order supplies, planning menus, storing all food products in the correct manner to prevent wastage, training rookie cooks, scheduling staff – the list goes on and on.

Splashbacks help your kitchen to look more spacious.