The Industrial Chef: A Stable Culinary Career

Though it does seem to be all the rage, not everyone wants to be a celebrity chef. In fact, many people come to their culinary career through a passion for actual cooking, rather than high-speed kitchen management. If you're one of these people, you might consider working in one of the many places that house industrial chefs, such as hospitals, conference centers, and long-term care facilities.

Less Culinary Burn Out, More Career Stability

Mark Galvin, a Culinary Advisory Board member for Kaiser College, says that many chefs are getting burned out in the traditional culinary careers. He says that working as an industrial chef means "that the hours are more stable, there are better benefits, and it offers a better balance in life, because you are not always working when everyone else is out having fun."

The Many Ways to Use Your Culinary Arts Training

A study released by Purdue University earlier this year found that the food-service industry is hiring more than 90 percent of culinary school graduates. And while many might be starting out at those hotels or restaurants, others are looking for the stability they can find in industrial positions.

Stable, of course, doesn't mean boring. Industrial chefs still have a lot to juggle, since they often manage catering orders, cafeteria menus, patients' diets and meal preparation, and doctors' dining options.

If you're thinking about culinary school, but aren't sure you want the pressure and pace of the celebrity chef image, explore some of your other career options. As a industrial chef, it's possible to find a more secure outlet for your culinary arts skills.

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