Do you enjoy cooking? Do you love spending time in the kitchen and cooking for others? Then, look no further because our courses will give you the skills and the training to kick start your career. Furthermore, our diploma issued by ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Colleges) will open doors to restaurants you would normally not have access to for training and job vacancies.
One point we need to clarify that a chef’s job is not as glamourized, as portraited on the television. In fact, a chef works very hard, long works and in simple words ‘his work, is his home’ but it is a rewarding job.
You also, need to bear that knowing how to cook is not enough, you need to be passionate and dedicated in order pursue this as a career. In order to pursue a career, technical skills must be acquired, in dept knowledge of raw materials, able to deal with and handle stress, love and respect raw materials and kitchen tools, happy to roll up your sleeves, reliable, determined to succeed, happy to listen to senior colleagues with the aim to learn and eager to discover.
The other thing that will help, the wiliness to purchase cook books or watch various media platform related to chefs in order to experiment in your own time and space at home. These programmes may increase your awareness of raw materials and also, the different techniques used by various chefs.
One of the best ways to gain experience is to work in a professional kitchen, in order to understand the importance of your role in the kitchen. You will understand, how much you are required to sacrifice and why you need to work as a team member. In order to achieve in this role, you will need to set goals and aim to achieve them, never be satisfied with the skills acquired but willing to learn and be prepared to receive criticism, especially at the beginning as this period will either make or break you and for sure decide whether this is really for you.
The roles in a kitchen setting
A professional kitchen may have an Executive Chef, Head Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef, Kitchen Porter and Dishwasher. They each have a role to play in a professional kitchen but they work together in order to achieve their daily task of preparation, plating, serving, cooking or cleaning. Having said that the Executive Chef or Head Chef is in charge of the kitchen.
A chef must have full knowledge of the menu within the professional kitchen and able to create all the dishes unless you are allocated within one section during the shift or the employment but majority of kitchens will expect you to be able to run each section.
How much does a chef earn?
To begin with the salary may be lower than expected but a chef position is one of the most sought-after roles, hence the salary will increase with experience, location and restaurant employed by. The media may have played a part in the increase of this industry as new restaurants keep opening up and in turn new chefs cropping up. These days a restaurant or its food, if it’s worth taking about on the media platform, then the chef working within that restaurant is already considered an icon.
The demand of increase maybe also contributed by the constant turnover due to growth and the search for the next Gordon Ramsay.
To begin with a chef’s salary may vary in the region of £2,000-£4,000 a month depending on experience and training. The figures are different for chefs who are considered in the icon category, they are earning astronomical amount.
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Chef Academy London makes it possible for you to acquire a job within a professional kitchen after completing a 3- or 6-month courses. Depending on the course you choose to do, the diploma issued will be either for a Professional Chef Course or Advanced Chef Course. You will obtain this diploma once you have completed your classroom training, restaurant training and passed your test.
Having said that you will need to bear that the first role within the kitchen may be a junior position, however with time, knowledge and skills you may be able to obtain your dream role but it is a long journey.
Chef Academy London can schedule your restaurant training according to your day to day life. We understand some people may have time restrictions, financial obligations, family commitments or due to age unable to commit full time so we give you the ‘right to choose’.
Chef Academy London runs various courses, browse the link below. The Professional Chef Course, you are fully trained in a professional kitchen. The Advanced Chef Course, you are fully trained in a professional and Michelin kitchen.
Our course programmes are available online and you can also request a copy via email.
We are happy to recommend courses according to your needs, your desire and career prospects.