Going into a culinary career is one business where you can always be assured of customers. If there is one thing that humans want, on demand, it is good food. And as a culinary artist, you can meet that demand.
Getting into the Industry
Obtaining an associates or bachelor’s degree is often the first step for entering a culinary career. Many trade schools offer a culinary arts degree that can be earned in evenings or through their full-time program. It is important that you have the training that will bolster confidence in the product that you can deliver. Add to that a passion for food and a knack for preparing it, and you are set for a fulfilling career.
Types of Positions
Culinary professionals can find careers in restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, resorts, schools, and even private homes. Positions are available as gourmet chefs, as executive chefs, or as restaurant owners. The options are as endless as one’s imagination.
More often than not, culinary professionals work in positions such as restaurant manager, cafeteria manager, or professional caterer.
Some chefs do their work on TV, and subsequently rise to a celebrity status—becoming household names like Rachael Ray, Paula Dean, or Emeril.
Culinary Career Salaries
The median salary for a chef is $44,000 per year. Those who are ‘executive chefs’—i.e., serving an exclusive clientele in an upscale environment (clubhouses, bars, etc.) make an average income of $50,000 per year. Depending on one’s experience and ability, this is only the starting point. Chefs rise to prominence through chance, hard work, and true skill. Once they do, incomes soar above the six-figure mark. When your services are in high demand, as they are for some fifth-avenue chefs, thy sky is the limit. But the true reward is your love for the work, and the joy you bring to others.