For many work is a something you do to earn money, for Chefs work is their passion. If you love to cook and are passionate about food then why not develop your interest in cooking and turn it into your hospitality careers. If you have talent and are willing to work hard, being a chef is a rewarding and exciting job and one that is in demand. Here are just ten of the many fantastic reasons to become a chef.

1. It is a Fantastic Career
If you love food and cooking why not make a career out of it by becoming a professional chef. As well as the job satisfaction, being a chef offers great career progression from Commis Chef to Demi Chef then Chef de Partie, Sous chef, Chef de Cuisine and finally Executive Chef. You also have the option of taking your career to various venues including; restaurants, hotels, resorts, catering companies and corporate events.

2. It’s a growth-industry job
People will always want to eat out and as the hospitality industry is steadily growing year on year, there will be many new and challenging positions on offer.

3. Take your career global
Wherever you choose to live, finding work as a chef will always be an option. Whether you fancy preparing luxury meals on a cruise ship or taking one of the chef jobs in Melbourne’s hipster cafe’s, a career as a chef is highly portable!

4. You can specialise
Most chefs learn by preparing and cooking all kinds of food, and some are happy to pursue that path. However, there’s plenty of opportunity to specialise if you discover a burning passion for Mexican, Thai or even desserts – where you become a pastry chef, there are plenty of options to branch out and challenge yourself.

5. Self-employment – start your own restaurant
Most chefs are extremely passionate about what they do and many of them choose to branch out on their own and set up their own restaurant.

6. It’s creative
Plating up food and creating new dishes is an art in itself, so a great profession for those that are creative. Chefs often create new menus and to add new special dishes to menus weekly as well.

7. You make people happy
People love eating out, so whether you are helping make a special event happier or a lunchtime meal more delicious, it’s good to know your work is being appreciated.

8. Never a dull moment
Working in a kitchen can be challenging as you are under pressure to deliver and spend a lot of time on your feet. However if you are fast and good at what you do, being a chef can be a real buz and a highly rewarding career.

9. You don’t have to wear a suit
No uncomfortable ties, heels or business suits – Chef’s whites will leave more salary in your pockets!

10. Varied hours
Chefs work a variety of hours depending on where you choose to work. Some restaurants are only open at night, others during the day. Catering companies work shifts and corporate catering will see you working 9 to 5 hrs. Set your hours depending on your lifestyle!

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Author: Shona Mills

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