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Old 08-09-2006, 10:20 PM   #1
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Trying to start my cooking career :)

alright, in december, ill be turning 16. I have a huge interest in cooking. I LOVE it. Like, ill wake up in the middle of the night and chop an onion for no reason. But thats besides the point!

When i turn 16, i wanna get a cooking-related job. I was thinking either as a dishwasher or working at a small catering-buisness in town... I thought maybe id get to do some more hands-on stuff at a catering place. Could someone help me through this? Are there any better options? What do you suggest? thank you!!!

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Old 08-10-2006, 12:13 AM   #2
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Your ideas sound good.

Also buy some good cookbooks and start cooking.

Don't neglect your education. There's a lot more to being successful in the food business than slicing and dicing.
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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A well-rounded education will help you with all aspects of the cooking world!!

And a part time job with a caterer or at a local country club will give you great experience. Good Luck and remember to keep it fun!

Wait till you wake up in the middle of the night and want to run to the kitchen to make a dish you just dreamed about...
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:17 AM   #4
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You could also try and get a line cooks job and that way you will learn alot. Some places will hire and train. It's a cooks helper. Just a thought and good luck on your cooking adventure.
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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you won't walk in a become a line cook, and if the restaurant lets you, than it's probably a place where you wont learn much. Dish washer is where to start.....show interest, and the chef will notice, I had a sous chef that began as a dishwasher.
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:45 AM   #6
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Starting your career

I teach Culinary Arts I and II to high school juniors and seniors. My advise is to see if there is a program in your school district and see about getting enrolled in the program. If your school district doesn't offer a culinary arts program, I would suggest as others have of getting a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant. The majority of the chefs out there today have started in the pot sink, worked their way up, either graduated from an associates or bachelors degree program in culinary arts or have gone through the American Culinary Federation's certification program. Take pride in every pot you wash, work hard and always offer to help others and request additional work. Any chef that sees someone with this type of work ethic will jump at the chance to take you under their wing. Email me if I can be of help to you.
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:02 AM   #7
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ditto what foodfanatic said!
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:37 AM   #8
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I was the chair for the ACF Apprenticeship program in my chapter for a few years - you might want to check that out. The program is geared for those who have to work while going to school. You need to be in the cooking field and be 18 and then you're off and running. You go to school for one nite a week for a 3 year program and when you have successfully completed the program, you are a Certified Culinarian - and you can continue upping your certifications as you progress thru the cooking world.
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:57 AM   #9
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I know my high school offers classes geared at culinary careers. There are ones about the foodservice industry that are taken at the community college, and then there are others that have to do with more specific aspects.

I'd say other than getting a job, if it is an option for you, a class could be a good start. My problem is that I have so many history and science electives that I can't figure out how to take a food-related one.
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Old 08-10-2006, 01:46 PM   #10
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Ditto to what Chef Jimmy said. If you can't cut it as a dishwasher, there's no way in h3ll you'll cut it as a line cook.

Here's more info that we discussed on this topic:

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ght=dishwasher
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