Requirements for becoming a chef

If you are looking for a job where there are plenty of vacancies and plenty of job opportunities, then you may consider training to become a chef.

You will need to have a passion for food and an enjoyment of cooking and be enthusiastic about learning new skills. It is helpful if you have good “people” skills, are good at organising and can work well under pressure.

You will then need to make sure you have plenty of kitchen experience from washing up, to chopping vegetables, to baking and preparing meals. You can start to gain experience like this from helping out at home but you will then, ideally, need to take some kind of food preparation and cooking course. Most local further education colleges offer various kinds of catering course, part-time and full-time, from simple level 1 courses to more advanced ones and specialist ones, like becoming a patisserie chef or learning the art of cake decoration. You may also find details of catering apprenticeships from local colleges or employers and you could start your culinary education by taking an apprenticeship.