Food, glorious food! A career in the culinary arts
When we sit down in a restaurant, we have a few things on our mind: Will there be free bread? How much free bread will there be? And is my food going to be Instagram-worthy?
There is of course, also the question of taste, but surely that’s secondary to those sweet likes on Insta?
We know how much time and effort goes into preparing delicious, gorgeous-looking food and the importance of both substance and appearance.
If you also love creating culinary delights, a career in cooking might be something to get your teeth into.
What careers will I Realistically Be Looking At?
The most common career within the culinary arts sector is the chef.
This job title does vary depending on whether someone prefers to be called a cook, caterer, or chef, and the level of their experience and expertise. Naturally, the location, food-type, and size of the kitchen will vary, as well as the quality of ingredients and the freedom to explore ideas.
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What type of person suits this role?
While this role might appeal to those who are creative, as well as hardworking individuals, what other qualities are beneficial to a position within the culinary arts sector?
Kitchens can be hot, demanding places. Working to the best of your ability, on your feet for many hours, in high temperatures means that any candidate must be able to perform at their peak under intense physical excursion.
If you’re entering the culinary arts world without too much experience or qualification, it’s likely to be a steep learning curve. You might be told more than a few times that you’ve done something wrong. But don’t panic, it won’t be as bad as Gordon Ramsey in Hell’s Kitchen.
Everyone in the kitchen has their role to play. None is more important than any other, and that’s an important point to recognise.
Every day will be different. In the culinary arts sector, that’s a given. While the administration sector is arguably a little more repetitive, in the world of gastronomy, menus will change, recipes will evolve, and some things might suddenly run out. Smart substitutes and quick thinking are both essential.
It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that to work all day with food; you should have some interest in cooking. Even if it’s just the knowledge of what tastes good.
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You might have read the above personality traits and thought, “you know what, that’s me, I love food and have a strong personality. Both physically and mentally.”
That’s great. But what qualifications are necessary to start out in the world of culinary arts?
According to the National Careers Service, to enter the industry as a chef:
“There are no set requirements, but GCSEs in English and maths may help.”
There are also two other possible methods of gaining employment within the culinary arts sector:
We at CoursesOnline know that there is no set path to any career. Recruiters will want to see passion and ability. Whether you can display those two things through experience or formal qualification, the road to a culinary arts career is entirely up to you.
What do my promotion options look like?
According to the National Careers Service, there are three progression positions:
This is someone learning the ropes.
A person in this role has enough experience or knowledge to be considered trained.
A position that specialises in a specific culinary area, e.g. desserts or vegetables.
This role requires the running of the kitchen when the head chef is otherwise engaged.
Overseeing the whole of the culinary side of any restaurant or eatery.
These five Culinary Arts positions have an average salary of:
It’s a career that values hard work and recognises both skills and experience. People will always want to eat out. It’s a social phenomenon that won’t be going away anytime soon.
If you’d like to explore the educational opportunities to open these career-guided doors, why not take a browse of the options on offer here: