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So you want to be a…
Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats,
vegetables, desserts, or other foods as well as participate in the cooking. Plan
and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.
• Salary
– In 2009, the California
average annual wage was
$25,985 for entry level
workers, and $67,986 for
experienced workers.
• Education
– This occupation requires
training in vocational
schools, related on-the-job
experience, or an
associate's degree. Some
may require a bachelor's
– Employees in these
occupations usually need
one or two years of
training involving both onthe-job experience and
informal training with
experienced workers.
What does a Chef do?
• Collaborate with other personnel to plan and develop
recipes and menus, taking into account such factors as
seasonal availability of ingredients and the likely
number of customers.
• Determine how food should be presented, and create
decorative food displays.
• Order or requisition food and other supplies needed to
ensure efficient operation.
• Check the quantity and quality of received products.
• Meet with customers to discuss menus for special
occasions such as weddings, parties, and banquets.
• Prepare and cook foods of all types, either on a regular
basis or for special guests or functions.
Outlook for the Future
• During 2009,
there were
14,400 people
employed in this
field in CA.
• It is estimated that
in 2016 there will be
15,800 employed in
CA. This represents
an increase of 200
new positions each
year (1.40%).
Similar Occupations
Other jobs that require the same skills
• Fast Food Cooks
• First-Line
of Food Preparation
and Serving Workers
• Dietetic Technicians
What will I need to know
to be a chef?
• Classes you will need to
take for this career:
– Baking and Pastry
– Culinary Arts/Chef
– Institutional Food
• Knowledge you will
need to gain for this
– Production and
– Administration
and Management
– Customer and
Personal Service
– Food Production
– Education and
How do I become
a chef?
• In high school:
– Get good grades and look into taking any food
handling courses offered or ROP courses in culinary
– Apply to a vocational school or community college.
• Major in either the culinary arts or hospitality
and plan on a 2-4 year stay at a college or
culinary school.
– Release your creativity through food!
Speak to your counselor
• Mrs. Scribner
– Students whose last
names begin with A-L
• Mrs. Jantz
– Students whose last
names begin with M-Z