So you want to become a chef?

Some of us are born with a fascination with the art of preparing food, or at least playing with it. There’s something magical about mixing up some seemingly incongruous ingredients that looks like a mysterious mess, popping it in the oven and then removing a dish that looks, smells and tastes absolutely wonderful. When you go to a fancy dinner house, it’s the chef who is ultimately responsible for the fine looking plate that’s set before you. There’s a certain mystique about the chef which makes him or her a romantic figure to the aspiring gourmet. If you dream of becoming a chef, let’s take a look at what it takes. The professional chef has earned his status through years …

Are You Professional Chef Material?

We see them on the Food Network every day. Rachael, Paula, Emeril and others zip around their kitchens making quick work of fabulous recipes. In no time, they’ve whipped up three or four dishes that look so appetizing you can almost smell them through the TV. As thoughts like “I can do that” ramble around in your mind, you begin dreaming about the glory of becoming a professional chef. Can you do it? Are you professional chef material? Like all great things, obtaining the title of chef takes time. Both formal training and hands-on experience need time to cultivate in order to bring your skills to the level of a professional. That means culinary school and an apprenticeship or externship …