Television Chef Jobs Are on the RiseThere are many ways your chef education can make you a star. If your chef career takes you to the top of the heap--that is to one of the head chef jobs in a well-known and fancy restaurant, you'll become known as a star. Another path to stardom is through show business. Today's television chefs are celebrities on a par with movie stars. They also earn much more than the average salary for a chef.
Celebrity Chefs Rule the AirwavesPeople in office break rooms and around the water cooler talk about television cooking shows with the same devotion that used to be lavished on the top variety shows. People quote lines and gestures from the program "Iron Chef" the same way they used to quote "Saturday Night Live." According to one study, more people knew the name of television (and restaurant) chef Emeril Lagasse than the name of the local television news program anchor in their area.
There are those who really believe that the whole purpose of a chef career is having a television show of one's own. It may not be true--yet, but you'll probably see courses in television manners and makeup as part of a standard chef education program in the near future.
TV Chef Jobs Bring CloutOne of the things that makes steering your chef career towards appearances on the glowing tube so tempting is the influence exerted by television chefs. When a TV chef presents a new cooking style, the whole country is standing by to imitate the dishes.
A case in point is British cook Jamie Oliver, who is known on English and American television as "The Naked Chef" (as one food critic commented, "He is neither"). In one television appearance, Oliver cooked asparagus spears in a frying pan and served them with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice. The result was that most British supermarkets were sold out of asparagus for weeks.