Should You Change Careers And Become A Chef

If you have considered to change your career and become a chef, read this article by Chef George Krumov.

Let me tell you from the beginning, this article is not going to be about whether it is good or bad thing to become a chef. It is about how you should do it, if you have already decided to do so, and is also meant to make you think harder before you rush into anything regarding your future.

I have answered so many questions on this topic through my website, that I decided to write it down here and answer the question to anyone who is considering a career change to chef.

The question that I am asked the most is whether someone should change their studies in college and switch to culinary degree despite their parents wishes. People find that they are not interested with nursing, electrical engineering, business degree and so on, and want to follow their true passion and become chefs. I always answer the question with something like that: Try to find a part-time cooking job first while you are still in university. You don't need a diploma in order to work on an entry position such as a part-time cook. Starting on that job will help you financially and let you determine for sure if this is what you want to do for the rest of your career. Later on, if you decide to indeed change careers and study for a chef, this early experience will help you a lot. The studies will make much more sense to you. On the other hand, if you realize that in reality the job of a chef is not what you expected it to be, then you still have your old career path to follow.

If you actually ask a chef for advice, most often than not they will try to dissuade you from a career as a chef. I think that a chef career has a lot of negatives that come with it, but also a lot of positives. Read my other articles and you will find out exactly what I mean. However, if you want an interesting career, chef is definitely more interesting than being a nurse, an electrician or shifting papers from floor to floor.

So, let me put it together this way. If your concern is money, then don't do it. If your information comes from watching the cooking shows on TV, don't do it. If this is your true passion, yes, change your career to chef, but only after you give it a try first.

Cheers and good luck.

Chef George Krumov
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.

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